LMES - Nurburgring 1000 Kms - Race Report 2
So with the
rain, initially Kaffer and Herbert stayed out into the second hour,
but Herbert did show a more cautious approach - while Kaffer didn't.
The German stayed out on slicks, and after one moment through the
gravel, he then parked it in the gravel at about 80 minutes.
The rain had
stopped by now...
That put him
almost a lap down, in fifth position, but he chased down the impressive
Erdos for fourth, which is how the positions were at 50 laps, approx.
100 mins. Kaffer also managed to side-swipe the Tracsport Lola off
making his second stop (for wets) later than Minassian, emerged
right behind the DBA, passed it, then had to withstand pressure
for lap after lap. He held off Minassian - they had one long side
by side moment - until Herbert pitted again, for slicks this time,
at 110 minutes into the race. Just before this the order was....
Minassian -1 sec
Ara -1m 15
Kaffer -1m 38
Ayari -1 laps
Barbosa -1 lap
Hignett -1 lap
Bartels -40 secs.
So with the
track drying fast, Minassian led - but had a puncture into the first
corner, and spun into the gravel. He was pulled out, but almost
lost it again making his way back to the pits. Minassian stayed
in the car, dropping to fifth.
The Jota Zyek
has had two stops one after the other, so the untroubled success
story is Erdos in the RML Lola, third at two hours - and right behind
Erdos - 0.5s
Alzen - 40s.
missed something, there have been very few changes of driver among
the leading cars. Erdos then takes second place - on wets, as the
rain starts again.
GT is between
the Cirtek, Freisinger, Sebah and Farnbacher Porsches. The Daoudi
Ferrari pitted with some front end damage at 1 hour, then skated
off on Rusinov's out lap.
The third hour
gets underway.... with the two Audi UK cars, having pitted for slicks,
coming back in for wets. At two hours 15 the rain is torrential.
Erdos had to pit for a regular fuel stop, dropping to a still excellent
Ara now took
the lead for the first time, Herbert dropping to 19 seconds behind
on his wets, Erdos another 33 seconds back, then Kaffer after his
adventures, Minassian after his - and Short in the Dallara. Nothing
stays the same for long though, Ara pitting for fuel, and dropping
to third, Erdos back up to second. AER engines second overall and
Now here's an
upset. The #61 Barron-Connor Ferrari leads GTS, Biagi only having
made one stop.... the Vitaphone Saleen is second, the GNM S7 third
(one stop only) and the Larbre Ferrari fourth.
GT is Maassen
/ Jones for Cirtek (development Dunlops working very well in all
conditions?), from Fresinger, Sebah (a great run) and Ian Khan's
car - which will race in the Belcar event tomorrow, if fit. The
JWR Porsche is still as quick as anything, and moving up the order
- now an excellent sixth.
Nearly two and
a half hours and it's bright sunshine....
just after losing the lead on the track to the Vitaphone Saleen:
the Italia stays in #61 Barron Connor Ferrari - a very good run.
A regular Ara
pit stop lost him the lead to Herbert some time before 150 minutes
had elapsed, so the top four became 88, 5, 8, 3 - because the RML
Lola has suddenly dropped three laps behind, reason currently unknown.
Rollcentre and Pescarolo are resuming their Mo/ Le Mans affair,
GT is still
Cirtek, Freisinger, Sebah, Perspective... and then JWR's Porsche,
which has been lapping three seconds a lap quicker than the rest
and is charging up the order, after the early mishap in the gravel.
Liddell and Jordan did indeed have a car for all conditions, and
this pair is excelling in the wet.
Ah, Erdos had
a stop and go penalty, and the car stalled and would not restart,
2 hours 45, the track is drying again, and Kaffer pits, still stays
in, and takes slicks. The other Audi follows him in, from the lead,
Herbert stays in, also takes slicks. If it rains again soon, this
could backfire - but the team has its own weather forecasters.
at the first corner, immediately after leaving the pits. Slicks
Goh Audi leads
on wets, 3, 88, 8, 6, 17. Nothing stays the same here for long.
hours, and although 8 and 88 weren't immediately the fastest on
their slicks, they soon were. Ara and Minassian - about to end three
hour stints both? - were outside two minute laps, while Herbert
and Kaffer were down to 1:58 and 1:54 laps... and Herbert passed
Minassian for third, just after we noted these positions.
Ara (just about
Minassian -36s (ditto)
Herbert -2 s
Short -2 laps
Helary -15s and dropping away from the crafty Short
13 Courage -3 laps
7 RML Lola -3 laps
Kaffer - both doing monster stints - really piled it on approaching
three hours - as JC-W tried to prevent the DBA going a lap down.
This held up Herbert, Kaffer meanwhile lapping in 1:49s and catching
#88. That choice of slicks might have been a maximum of two laps
too soon - or perhaps not too soon at all.
JC-W - nearly a lap
Pescarolo (Ayari?) -2 laps
RML Lola -3 laps
Hancock - 4 laps
JWR Porsche (!).
As Sam Hancock
took over, there was a delay for the class leading Courage, some
sort of electrical issue. A slow out lap then saw him back up to
dry, soaked, dry," says a drying out David Lord.