VLN 4: P6 despite many setbacks
The GTronix360 team mcchip-dkr started the race weekend of the fourth VLN race already on Friday morning with test drives on the Nürburgring GP track. For the first time, Dunlop Spec Generation 2019 tires were mounted on the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. The test drives served to find an optimal setup for the race. After several laps on the GP track, it quickly became clear that the new tire compound with modified rolling circumference significantly changed the driving behavior of the Lamborghini. The team worked on the suspension setup until late into the night and was able to develop the setup in the right direction. The night shift was noticeable by a much more precise handling in qualifying on Saturday morning. An accident with several vehicles in the section Kesselchen led to a longer interruption of qualifying. Heiko Hammel placed the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO with a lap time of 8:06 minutes at the sixth starting position in the overall standing. A time improvement was not possible in the remaining 45 minutes. With plenty of delay and shortened race distance, the 50. Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy started under dry conditions. Unfortunately, start driver Dieter Schmidtmann had to avoid two GT3 cars at the exit of section Mercedes-Arena to prevent a collision and had to pass the complete first starting group. In the next laps, Schmidtmann fought his way through the field of GT4 and SP7 cars. Especially on the Nordschleife, overtaking is difficult and involves a lot of risk, especially in the early laps where the whole field is still very close together. The avoidance manoeuvre and the catch-up race costed more than two minutes. The first pit stop was also anything but planned. A defective gas pump led to a further loss of time of two and a half minutes. Heiko Hammel went into the car and started his stint with a lot of residue to the GT3 leaders. But he snatched several positions through fast lap times. The second pit stop went smoothly and Dieter Schmidtmann went back in the cockpit of the Italian GT3 race car. After 20 laps, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO had already returned to the top ten. Until the fall of the checkered flag, Schmidtmann grabbed more opponents and finally crossed the finish line in sixth place overall and second in the SP9 PRO-AM class. The GTronix360 team mcchip-dkr would certainly have moved further ahead without the incidents. Just remember that it was the first VLN race with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. The next race is scheduled for 3rd August 2019 at the ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen. Then hopefully with a bit more luck.