ROWE RACING takes Nürburgring Endurance Series race four victory

ROWE RACING takes Nürburgring Endurance Series race four victory

01.08.2020: From rain in qualifying to bright sunshine at the finish - the Eifel weather showed its many facets at the fourth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. In between, there was one thing above all: thrilling racing action. Nicky Catsburg and Stef Dussel

From rain in qualifying to bright sunshine at the finish - the Eifel weather showed its many facets at the fourth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. In between, there was one thing above all: thrilling racing action. Nicky Catsburg and Stef Dusseldorp mastered the demanding conditions best.



In the BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE RACING, the Dutch duo relegated their brand colleagues Christian Krognes, David Pittard and Mikkel Jensen in the Walkenhorst-BMW by 21.877 seconds to second place. 2.450 seconds behind them, Patrick Assenheimer, Dominik Baumann and Dirk Müller crossed the finish line for the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArena.



Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen also have a reason to celebrate. They celebrated their fourth class victory in the V4 in the BMW 325i of Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport and will start into the second half of the season as half-time champions in four weeks.



In difficult conditions on wet track in qualifying, the hour struck by Nordschleife ace Fabian Schiller. In the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of GetSpeed Performance, the 23-year-old drove away from the competition and secured pole position with a time of 9:18.357 minutes.



 By 5.445 seconds, Schiller relegated Dennis Olsen in KCMG's Porsche 911 GT3 R to second place. In the race, the two fought a duel worth seeing in the early stages with many lead changes. Neither of them then played a role in the allocation of the top positions in the overall result.



Starting from position three, the ROWE team delivered the most consistent performance over the 4-hour distance. A regular strategy with seven and eight lap stints proved to be spot on. "The start was very demanding because some passages were still wet and we decided to use slicks," says Catsburg. "I concentrated on making no mistakes and keeping the car on track.



My second stint at the end was then very easy." Responsible for this was the strong performance of his team mate Dusseldorp: "After I took the wheel, I was within striking distance of the HRT-Mercedes and the KCMG-Porsche. I was able to pass both of them directly on the first lap and then pull away. We had a very good car and perfect tyres.



Walkenhorst and HRT, who both did the short stint at the beginning of the race, fought bumper to bumper for second place in the final phase. "We started on cut slicks and had to bring forward the first pit stop on drying track to change to slicks," said Jensen. "From then on, we didn't know exactly where we were from.




Certainly we lost some time, especially in the first stint. In the second half of the race brake problems were added to the problem so that we couldn't really attack. Second place is okay under these conditions." Assenheimer explains HRT's early stop: "I started on slicks and then got a bit slowed down by a Porsche, so we decided for an early stop. The race was very interesting, especially in the starting phase. If it goes well with slicks on wet track, that's okay. Otherwise, I don't need it too often."



pole sitter Schiller won the Am classification in the GT3 class together with Janine Hill and John Shoffner. Fastest car in the Pro-Am was in the end the Huber-Porsche with Marco Holzer, Lorenzo Rocco Di Torrepadula and Patrick Kolb. Behind the leading trio, KCMG occupied places four and six. The Audi R8 LMS from Car Collection was positioned in between.



Hannu Luostarinen, Ilkka Kariste and Lucas Waltermann in the Opel Astra TCR from Lubner Motorsport celebrated victory in the TCR class. Winners of the first race in the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey Racing were Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer, who ended Mühlner's winning streak in races one to three.



 Thorsten Jung, "Max" and Moritz Kranz had to settle for second place in the end. The victory in the BMW M240i Racing Cup went to Team AVIA Sorg Rennsport with pilots Heiko Eichenberg and Moritz Oberheim, and the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN was won by Georg Griesemann and Reinhard Kofler.



The fifth race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series not only heralds the second half of the season in the Nordschleife Championship. The ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race on August 29 is also the season's highlight. Then 50 percent more racing action is on the agenda.


Two weeks earlier, the digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO will continue. On 15 August the seventh race will start in the virtual Green Hell.




KS Media  translated deepl also photos

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