rhino’s GTs At The Nurburgring – April 15
cars on the grid, for two, 40 minute races at the Nürburgring,
marked the start of the first season of the rhino’s GT series.
As you’ll know already, Wolfgang Kaufmann
was the winner of the opening race of the newly-renamed series..
and race 2 too. Well done Kaufmann and Wieth Racing.
The V8’Super’Star of Pierre von Mentlen and Rob Knook’s
Stealth came together at the first corner of the opening race, and
the V8Star had to pit with a bent steering rod. Knook continued,
but became a retirement before long.
started his Porsche from the back, fought up to fourth, but retired
after an expensive-looking blow-up.
So with Kaufmann settled in the lead, Thomas Probst,
sharing his Porsche 993 GT2 with Norbert Pauels, came home second
ahead of André Wilke, also in a Porsche.
In Class EGT2 it was Heinz Bert Wolters who took
the trophy. He fell back at the start, but kept ahead of the Mantis
of Dutchman Peter van der Kolk. Kurt Thiim retired his V8Star with
a technical problem.
In the EGT3 class, Martin Dechent, Arkin Aka and
Dietmar Haggenmüller in their Porsches were 1-2-3, ahead of
the Ferraris of Tony Ring and Holger Harmsen.
Rob Knook had grabbed pole position for the second race, on Saturday
afternoon, repairs to the beast having just been completed in time.
Wolfgang Kaufmann had spun in qualifying for race 2, and he started
from the fifth row.
take him long to challenge Knook – the end of lap 1. The Stealth
retired again, leaving the black Ferrari romping ahead again.
Pierre von Mentlen had to retire with engine problems,
so the podium was filled by Kaufmann, Robert Wallenborn and André
Heinz Bert Wolters
and Peter van der Kolk came home at the head of the EGT2 class,
while Tony Ring finished third this time, behind the 911s of Arkin
Aka and Martin Dechent.
Hein Hartman was very happy with the opening event: "I had
not expected that our first race would appeal to so many, said hein
Hartman. „The professional presentation, the first-class races,
the hospitality and the rhino's GT Party in the evening have convinced
many teams to join us. I look forward to seeing everybody back at
our next race in Spa (with the Le Mans Series)."