Top ten for Black Falcon – Narrow victory for FK-Performance Motorsport in the Cup 3 class
Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring
Meuspath. In the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, which takes place within the framework of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, two teams from the Cup 2 class finished in the overall top ten. Black Falcon Team Identica (#102) repeated its class victory from NLS 3 with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) and drivers Tobias Müller and Paul Harkema, winning their class and taking ninth place in the overall standings. In the Cup 3 class, Jens Moetefindt, Moritz Oberheim and Thorsten Wolter from the FK-Performance Motorsport team (#976) overcame fierce opposition to claim their first win of the season in the 45th RCM DMV Grenzland race.
“We had a disappointing qualifying. We were first for a long time, but then made some slight changes to the set-up – that was not ideal. We corrected that for the race and started from P2. Unfortunately, I fell back to P5 at the start,” said Tobias Müller. “However, I then took the lead on lap two. By the end of the stint, we had opened a 20-second lead over the rest of the field. We performed consistently well for the full four hours.”
Arne Hoffmeister and Dorian Boccolacci from the Mathol Racing Team (#107) came home in second place, 1:05.531 minutes behind the winners. Boccolacci, in particular, made a brilliant start, taking the lead in the Cup 2 class. The Frenchman also led the field temporarily later on in the race. However, at this point in proceedings Müller and Harkema trailed by just ten seconds on the track with 40 seconds less to spend stationary in the pit lane. By the time all the permutations had played out, they found themselves second in the class and went on to finish in the overall top ten. Ben Bünnagel and Nico Otto took a comfortable third place for FK-Performance Motorsport (#114) in their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992). Fourth place went to the class winners from NLS1, Karsten Krämer, Christopher Brück and Alexey Veremenko of KKrämer Racing (#112).
Team Black Falcon (#104) with Mustafa Mehmet Kaya, Mike Stursberg and Jörg Bergmeister won the AM classification. "Jörg got off to a great start, I'm really grateful to him for stepping in at such short notice. We are happy with the result – we won the [AM-]class again and I had a super stint in which I fought hard with two cars. That was really fun and we're looking forward to the next race," Mike Stursberg sums up. Jörg Bergmeister was replacing Carlos Rivas, who was at Zandvoort with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Oberheim/Wolter/Moetefindt have the upper hand
In the Cup 3 class, the FK-Performance Motorsport’s (#976) Moritz Oberheim, Thorsten Wolter and Jens Moetefindt emerged victorious after a thrilling battle with the father/son combination of Axel and Max Friedhoff from Aimpoint Racing by Rothfuss Best Gabion (#964). The trio, who had secured pole position in the morning’s qualifying session at the wheel of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (982), came home just 0.468 seconds clear of their rivals after four hours of racing. Christopher Rink, Philipp Stahlschmidt and Francesco Merlini from the Smyrlis Racing (#952) team ended the race in third place.
The winners of the opening two races, Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer of Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol (#969) came home sixth.
“The high temperatures made it very oppressive in the car and really tiring in the cockpit. I set a fast time in qualifying, which was good enough for pole position,” said Moritz Oberheim. “The car had some understeer at first. Over the course of the race, we changed the set-up and then pushed hard and relentlessly for the last hour and a half. Compliments to the two Friedhoffs, who really asked everything of us. In the end, we just did enough to take the win. It was a perfect weekend with maximum points. Long may it continue this way.”
With fourth place in the Cup 3 class, AVIA W&S Motorsport (#960) with 'SVITTEL', Marius Rauer and Daniel Bohr won the AM-classification. "Qualifying was not that easy. We had a lot of yellow flags and Code-60, so we only had a free lap at the end and managed to qualify in P6. In the race, Marius [Rauer] got a great start where he was able to make up two positions directly. We had a good race without any mistakes and are happy about fourth place in class and the victory in the AM-classification. These are important points for the championship," sums up pseudonym driver 'SVITTEL'.
Black Falcon Team Identica and FK-Performance Motorsport take the lead in their classes
KKrämer Racing (#112) drops to second place in the Cup 2 team standings, following the latest victory for Black Falcon Team Identica (#102). The team from Meuspath now has 58 points to its name, six more than the winners of the 24-hour race. In third place with 35 points is Team Black Falcon number #104.
Cup 3 class is led by FK-Performance Motorsport (#976) with 58 points followed by Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol (#969) with 50 points. In third place is Aimpoint Racing by Rothfuss Best Gabion (#964) with 45 points.
The Drivers’ Championship standings are as follows: Müller/Harkema (58 points) leads Brück, Krämer, Veremenko (52 points) and Kaya/Stursberg (35 points) in the Cup 2 class and Oberheim/Wolter/Moetefindt (48 points) ahead of Calamia/Jacoma/Riemer (50 points) and A. Friedhoff/M. Friedhoff (45 points) in Cup 3.
The AM driver standings are led by Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (57 points) in the Cup 2 class and ‘SVITTEL’ and Marius Rauer (55 points) in the Cup 3 class.
The next round of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring takes place on 9th July 2022.
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