VLN Report - DMV-250 Meilen Rennen, October 14
With its third victory of the 2006 season, and its tenth overall,
the Land Motorsport team has taken another step out of the shadow
of other prominent German Championship teams such as Manthey, Alzen,
or Zakspeed. From their fourth pole position of the year, Marc Basseng
and Patrick Simon controlled a race that saw some attrition among
the leading cars.
started even before the flag fell: fourth place qualifier Jürgen
Alzen had to withdraw his 997 Special after an engine failure.
laps into the race, the Getrag BMW of Gedlich / Bäder / Hagenmeyer
succumbed to driveshaft woes; the Opel Astra V8 team dropped down
the order with brake and tyre trouble, while the Raeder Gallardo
never featured (a buzzed engine).
left the Land team unchallenged and gave others a chance to shine.
Zakspeed Racing remains loyal to the German series
in spite of its successful FIA-GT programme, and the venerable Viper
is still competitive here. Zakspeed's "gentlemen" lineup
Dirk Riebensahm, Christopher Gerhard and Hans-Peter Huppert-Nieder
came home in the runner-up spot this time; how long before they
get to try a Saleen S7-R?
Some four years
after the end of the championship they were built for, the V8 powered
silhouette racers that once were touted as Germany's answer to NASCAR
seem to be headed for extinction. Prepared by Opel tuner Irmscher,
Reinhold Mölig's car has Chevrolet power and an Opel Omega
silhouette. From sixth sport on the grid, he profited from the others'
bad luck and had a trouble free race himself; this meant the last
podium spot for the soloist.
the race win was really never in doubt, the fight for the overall
title is all but decided. Claudia Hürtgen and Marc Hennerici
again won their class with the Schubert Motors BMW 120d, but their
group suffered from a lack of entrants. The more competitors, the
more points - this rule worked in favour of Mario Merten and Rolf
Silvester (left); they only have to take the start in the last round
of the 2006 season, on October 28, to become German Endurance Champions.