The first half of the VLN endurance racing championship season at the Nurburgring will be concluded on 7th July with the 52nd ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen. And even though the previous four exciting races have already provided some special highlights this year, the fifth round may well give still some surprises.
In addition to regular driver Claudia Hurtgen (Aachen / Germany) and the champion of the Middle East Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Abdolaziz Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia), Klaus Abbelen (Baarweiler / Germany) will join the team as guest driver in the Bavarian sports coupe. For the experienced hobby driver who is normally competing together with his live-partner Sabine Schmitz (Barweiler / Germany) in the popular Frikadelli Porsche, this participation in the Z4 represents the possibility to look at something different.
By the way, Sabine Schmitz will as usual contest the race together with Christopher Bruck (Cologne) and Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) in the team-owned GT3 Porsche.
A fresh wind is also blowing in the last winning team, the Phoenix Team. The local heroes from the village of Meuspath nearby the Nurburgring have again entered two highly competitive Audi R8 LMS ultra which will be driven by Christer Jons (Ingelheim / Germany) and Luca Ludwig (Bornheim / Germany) as well as by Christopher Haase (Kulmbach / Germany) and Christopher Mies (Heiligenhaus / Germany). A 100 percent identical success of Marc Basseng (Neusalza Spremberg / Germany) and Frank Stippler (Bad Munstereifel / Germany) who scored the victory at the fourth race is hence excluded.
Andreas Gulden (Reifferscheid / Germany), former Formula 3 driver and chief instructor at the Nurburgring Driving Academy, will make his debut in the team with the SP7 Porsche. Marco Seefried (Wemding / Germany) and Marco Busch (Bensheim / Germany) will complete the team in the Porsche 911 with the eye-catching design. Seefried will be one of the double starters. Together with Marc Hennerici (Mayen / Germany) and Dennis Busch (Bensheim / Germany) he will also drive the Timbuli-GT3-Porsche.
Endurance racing expert Jorg Viebahn (Engelskirchen / Germany) will start in the very competitive Porsche Cup class with a new Porsche 911 GT3. The team is run by the Pro Sport Team based in Herschbroich / Germany which is also responsible for the participation of the Seat Leon Supercopa, for the first time in the current season driven by Anders and Jonas Carlsson from Sweden. The two Scandinavian drivers are entered in class SP3T (VLN Specials up to 2000 cc cylinder capacity with turbo).
Jurgen Freiburg and Norbert Kraft (Hagen / Germany) will contest the race on Saturday with their classical VW Corrado, entered in class H2 (Group H up to 2000 cc cylinder capacity).
The 52nd ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen over the distance of four hours will start at 12 o’clock. The grid positions will be determined in the timed practice to take place between 08:30 and 10:00hrs on the same day.
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