BMW Out, BMW In (At Spa)
As has been reported already, Duller Motorsport has withdrawn its brand new BMW Z4M Coupé; Hermann Duller’s squad will nevertheless have a car in the Spa 24 Hours, because he has forged a race alliance (pun intended) with Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer and his regular partner in FIA-GT competition, Thomas Gruber. They have decided to leave their Porsche 996 GT3-RSR in the garage and drive the Duller BMW M3 GTR, the Dubai 24 Hours winner, in Group 2. The reason for this decision, according to Lichtner-Hoyer, is “simple: we do not get the support from Porsche that is necessary to be competitive in the GT2 class against the works cars” – strong words from the RaceAlliance team owner and, with his JetAlliance airline, main sponsor of the #33 Aston Martin DBR9.

How does he see the chances of his GT1 challenger? “The team has worked hard over the last few weeks, and we have a very strong quartet of drivers. On the other hand, we have already seen this year that it is not so easy to place ourselves at the top. To get to the finish is the most important thing, a place on the podium would be a dream.”

In said Aston Martin, Robert Lechner is set for his first taste of FIA-GT competition with RaceAlliance; he did not actually get to drive the car he shared with Frank Diefenbacher early in the season, at Silverstone. He is clearly looking forward to his maiden voyage, “although it will be my first 24 hour race at Spa”. Lechner finished his first Nürburgring 24 Hours on the top step of the podium, perhaps he can repeat this achievement in Belgium?

“With team mates as experienced as they are (Wendlinger, Peter, and Bouchut), the basic prerequisite for a good result is there. As always, much depends on the reliability of the car. If we can avoid any major damage, it is possible.”
Johannes Gauglica

 

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