VLN Report – Barbarossapreis, Sept. 30
At 3.5 hours, the Barbarossapreis is the shortest race of the 2006
German Endurance Championship season. It was still long enough to
take its toll on several front-running teams.
Former DTM driver,
Peter Dumbreck and long time Falken associate Dirk Schoysman drove
a Nissan Z33 in this event, the winning car in the Tokachi 24 Hours
earlier this year. Currently still in Super Taikyu specification,
this will be the new challenger for the Falken team at the Nürburgring
24 Hours in 2007, as successor of the venerable Skyline GT-R. From
the 26th spot on the grid, the car's first result was an 87th place,
some four laps behind the leader. After the race the car reportedly
went straight back to Japan where the engineers are now going to
made the pace: Land Motorsport drivers Marc Basseng and Patrick
Simon secured pole position, and never once missed a beat throughout
996 GT3 RSR crossed the line with a healthy advantage of more than
three minutes over the second-placed finisher. This second place,
however, was very hotly contested.
A number of potentially competitive cars bowed out
of the event early on. Armin Hahne made a return visit to Nordschleife
racing, sharing the Manthey Porsche with Arno Klasen - they only
lasted one lap. Porsche 997 team Sabine Schmitz / Klaus Abbelen
managed three laps before a driveshaft broke, and the same happened
to the ex-DTM Opel Astra of Volker Strycek, Andreas and Ralf Schall.
The Getrag BMW
M3 (below) once again took on the remaining Porsche armada for the
runner-up spot. Markus Gedlich, Michael Bäder and Tobias Hagenmeyer
are on a confidence high since their victory in the 6 Hours, and
they were right on the pace again this time.
Alzen had other ideas about this, he shared his Porsche 997 with
Thomas Messer while brother Uwe was away on other duties. Also running
strongly was the father-and-son team of Peter and Christian Mamerow;
these three teams were locked in combat at the end of the race,
and it went all the way to the flag.
can be deceptive: going into the last lap, Christian Mamerow (above)
had taken second place from Thomas Messer and was now nursing his
car home with a wheel hub showing signs of imminent failure. On
a last minute charge, Tobias Hagenmeyer misread the smoke emanating
from that faulty hub as the precursor of an engine problem on his
opponent's car, and decided to wait for the Porsche's demise. By
the time he realised his mistake, it was too late, by 0.8 seconds.
Even with Porsches
taking most of the glory in the individual races, the battle for
the overall title is still between two BMWs, and nothing is decided
yet. Defending champion Claudia Hürtgen and her team-mate Marc
Hennerici in the Schubert Motors BMW 120d won her class for the
seventh time in a row, and are now ahead of Wolf Silvester and former
champion Mario Merten in their production-class 325i. The next race
will again be a 4 hour affair, on October 14.