TMG GT86 Cup: Renstal Excelsior victorious at Nürburgring

It was a turbulent weekend in the TMG GT86 Cup, and not only for the Eifel weather at the Nürburgring. The battle that pitted Renstal Excelsior (BE) against Leutheuser Racing&Events, Dörr Motorsport GmbH and Toyota Suisse Racing Team in their respective TMG GT86 CS-V3s in the Opel 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race on the Nordschleife took place in a steady downpour. In the end, the Belgians were victorious and after 29 laps Ludo, Marc and Ken Stessens gained their first points in the overall standings.

Marc Stessens, Renstal Excelsior: “In the past few races, we had a lot of bad luck and had to admit defeat because of accidents. So now we are especially pleased that this time we didn’t have any problems whatsoever and were victorious into the bargain. Nonetheless, we still have to work on our car and our performance. The qualifying showed that in normal circumstances some other teams can always beat us by a few seconds. But for now we are very glad to have won and gained our first points in the overall standings!”

Arne Hoffmeister (Lutter, GER), first in the overall standings, wasn’t quite so lucky. While in the qualifying he and his co-driver Fabian Wrabetz (Bad Soden, GER) took the pole position and also set the fastest lap in the race (10:25.633), after the second lap an accident forced the Dörr Motorsport GmbH out of the race. Leutheuser Racing&Events, with number 530, also had bad luck. They crashed right at the start and the car stood idle for several hours. While the team was able to get their TMG GT86 CS-V3 going again and out onto the Nordschleife, they did not complete enough laps to be classified so the efforts of Alexander Kudrass (Lohmar, GER), Jutta Beisiegel (Kaiserslautern, GER), Martin Tschornia (Bestwig, GER) and Wolfgang Kudrass (Lohmar, GER) had all been in vain. And the Swiss drivers Wüest, Lötscher and Lüthi of the Toyota Suisse Racing Team (532) could also write off the weekend: an accident ended their race on the first lap.

Despite these unexpected results, the overall standings have hardly changed: Arne Hoffmeister is in the lead with 20 points, followed by Jutta Beisiegel and Alexander Kudrass (both 19.92). Wolfgang Kudrass, with 17 points, still ranks third and Marc and Ludo Stessens’s victory made them climb to a mid-table position and with 10.25 points now both rank fifth