Aston Martin wins on its comeback at the Nürburgring

Aston Martin wins on its comeback at the Nürburgring

25.09.2021: The eighth race of the season in the Nürburgring Endurance Series produced a historic event. In the decades-long history of the Nordschleife championship, no car from a British manufacturer had ever won. On Saturday, Aston Martin returned with the Vantage


The eighth race of the season in the Nürburgring Endurance Series produced a historic event. In the decades-long history of the Nordschleife championship, no car from a British manufacturer had ever won. On Saturday, Aston Martin returned with the Vantage GT3 three years after its official race debut and won the 53rd ADAC Barbarossapreis outright.



FIA GT World Champion Nicki Thiim from Denmark and the winner of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Maxime Martin, had a lead of 13.887 seconds over Vincent Kolb and Frank Stippler in Phoenix Racing's Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the finish. Third place went to the BMW Junior team of Max Hesse, Dan Harper and Neil Verhagen in the BMW M6 GT3.



"All I can say is: Veni, vidi, vici. What a comeback. We showed what the car can do. The Aston Martin wasn't the fastest, but it ran very consistently. We will definitely see each other again next year for two races. Then we want to attack fully. I'm a bit sorry for Phoenix that they didn't win," said Thiim, who had still finished third for Phoenix at NLS2 together with Michelle Berreta. Belgian Martin also knows the feeling of standing on the podium at the NLS.


In race three, he had finished second together with Patrick Pilet in the Frikadelli Racing Team Porsche. "What a great performance by the team. Something can always happen on the Nordschleife. But Nicki is so good, he can easily drive home the lead for another lap," said Martin.



Vincent Kolb takes his master's exam in the Audi


What he meant by that: In the style of the legendary secret agent James Bond, whose famous official car was an Aston Martin DB5, Thiim had raced across the finish line 007 seconds before the end of the race distance, so there was an extra lap. This caused beads of sweat to form on Vincent Kolb's forehead as he engaged in a seemingly endless battle with Max Hesse for second overall in the closing stages.


"The final phase of the race was extremely fun for me. It was a very fair fight with Max over seven laps and a tight box. Sailing through traffic flawlessly, that's not always so easy either. When Frank got out and I got in, he said to me, drive for your life. I tried to make it happen. When Nicki crossed the finish line seven seconds before the end of the time, I just thought, oh my, another 25 kilometres, you have to tie your trouser legs," he told later.



The youngster also earned special praise from his experienced team-mate Frank Stippler: "The team had long evenings after the last banger because the chassis had to go to Audi. The new parts only arrived at the beginning of the week. But the Audi ran without any problems immediately after it was completely deflashed. Vincent did a sensational job. Last time the saw jammed defending the position. Today he passed his master's test."


The Hessian, who only lost by 148 thousandths of a second, did not grieve for long. The next podium place for the three young BMW drivers was nevertheless worthy of all honour, especially as there was also a momentous incident during the race: "Today we lacked a bit of speed on the straights.


Then there was the long Code 60 phase on the Döttinger Höhe. There was no way for me to get past him in traffic. It's almost impossible to overtake on the Nordschleife after that. He did that very well. Dan had contact in the middle of the race and we had damage to the front left and significant understeer in the car as a result. We made the best of it. We scored good points for the championship, the fight is on."



In the NLS Speed Trophy, Phoenix Racing (144 points) currently leads by just four points over the BMW Junior team. Third is Manthey Racing (92).

 


 David Pittard sets a new lap record in the BMW.



Fog and poor visibility in some areas of the track had initially led to a delayed start of the timed practice, which was subsequently shortened to 45 minutes. With a time of 7m 53.542s, Julien Andlauer secured pole position for Frikadelli Racing in the Porsche 911 GT3 R.


The Frenchman defended his pole position despite a lap down. The Frenchman defended this position for the most part until halfway through the distance, despite a stop-and-go penalty for an early start, until Klaus Abbelen took over the second stint. At the finish, Abbelen was initially flagged off in eighth position. However, due to a time penalty for falling short of the minimum standing time, he then dropped back to ninth.



 Victory in the SP9 Pro-Am went to Achim Thyssen and Nico Menzel in the Huber-Motorsport Porsche. David Pittard in the BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport also put an exclamation mark in between with a new lap record of 7:53.202 minutes. After 22 laps, 61 minutes before the end, the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 finally had the lead.


Fourth overall went to Lionspeed by Car Collection Motorsport with drivers Nico Müller, Patrick Kolb and Patric Niederhauser in the new Audi R8 LMS GT3. Fifth place went to Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus in the second race of the BMW M4 GT3, the Munich-based company's new GT flagship.




Battle for the championship hard to beat in terms of suspense


A heart-stopping finale for the championship awaits NLS spectators at the season finale on 9 October at the PAGID Racing 45th DMV Münsterlandpokal. Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen (66.59 points) of Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, driving with Christopher Rink in the V4 BMW, continue to hold the championship lead after race eight.


W&S Motorsport's Daniel Blickle, Tim Scheerbarth and Max Kronberg (66.04 points) are 0.55 points behind. The trio were initially flagged off as winners of Cup 3 (Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing) at NLS8, but then dropped back to second due to a time penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. The VT2 class was again won by Christopher Rink, Philipp Stahlschmidt and Daniel Zils (57.59 points) in the Adrenalin car.


The situation before the final is as follows: Even if W&S Motorsport win, Blickle, Scheerbarth and Kronberg have to hope that Adrenalin's VT2-BMW does not score full points - assuming similar class strengths.


If they win, Rink, Stahlschmidt and Zils are champions. If the two favoured teams fail, Brink and Leisen will step up as defending champions.






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