Unrewarded pole position for Walkenhorst Motorsport

Unrewarded pole position for Walkenhorst Motorsport

19.03.2023: The season opener on the Nordschleife got off to a promising start with the pole position. Unfortunately, luck did not stay on the side of Walkenhorst Motorsport. Nurburgring. After Walkenhorst Motorspor

The season opener on the Nordschleife got off to a promising start with the pole position. Unfortunately, luck did not stay on the side of Walkenhorst Motorsport.

After Walkenhorst Motorsport caused a stir on Thursday with its top-class driver line-up at this year's Nordschleife season, the team started motivated into the first Nürburgring endurance series event. In the usual strong field of 119 vehicles, the number #34 BMW M4 GT3, driven by Jakub Giermaziak and Andy Soucek, managed to start from pole position straight away.

The #35 sister car with Thomas Neubauer and Jake Dennis followed in eighth place in qualifying. The #191 kicked off the race from 66th place. The #466 Hyundai i30N Hatchback was placed on P99.

With these more than satisfactory qualifying results, the quartet of vehicles started the four-hour race in the green hell. Unfortunately, the challenging track was not kind to the team. The pole position went unrewarded. Right off the start, the #35 had an alternator belt problem, forcing the duo to pit for repairs.

 The field was then rolled up from behind until the finish line was crossed in 39th position. The #34 BMW M4 GT3 driven by Jakub Giermaziak and Andy Soucek was on course for the top five up until the final lap. A collision in the closing stages led to the unfortunate retirement of the vehicle.

The #191 M4 GT4 was unable to finish the race due to an accident involving a Porsche. However, the Hyundai team with the #466 was able to celebrate a positive result. Jarno D' Hauw and Micah Stanley not only clocked the necessary laps, but also finished 74th overall, which equates to fifth in the VT2 class.

The next Nürburgring Endurance Series event will take place from March 31st to April 1st.


Jake Dennis
: „NLS1 is completed and I forget how good this place is to drive. Unfortunately, a small issue right at the start forced us to pit and fix it. Bit of a shame as we looked good from there on in. On the plus side, we got plenty of laps, learnt a lot and I had a lot of fun.”

Jarno D’Hau
w: “I think we had a positive weekend even though the results weren’t quite what we hoped for. The car was good and really fun to drive. Personally as well I had a positive debut at the Nordschleife. Pace was good, no accidents and we put the laps in for the permit. Successful weekend!”

Aris Balanian: “Th
is was my first race with Team Walkenhorst Motorsport and I am absolutely thrilled. The team works highly professionally and efficiently in an absolutely friendly and positive atmosphere. The car was great to drive, and once again thanks to the entire team, who worked very meticulously with us drivers during the test drives on Friday to find the optimal set-up for the M4 GT4.

I felt very comfortable with the car during my stint. I had a couple of nice duels with other cars and, despite a few yellow and code 60 phases, I was getting into a good driving rhythm. Unfortunately, shortly before the end of my stint, I was involved in a collision with a vehicle from a different class through no fault of my own, which ended our race prematurely.

Despite this failure, I draw a positive conclusion. Working with the team is a lot of fun and I'm already looking forward to the upcoming races.”


Walkenhorst-Motorsport  photo  Swoosh


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19.03.2023 / MaP

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