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VLN 8: When the technical devil strikes

Another difficult VLN race weekend at the Nürburgring for the GTronix360° Team mcchip-dkr with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO at the 51. ADAC Barbarossapreis.

Already in the Friday test session, a performance loss on the 5.2-liter V10 engine was noticeable. The Lamborghini could not keep up on long straights with the pace of competing vehicles. Driver Dieter Schmidtmann sums up: „We are missing at least 30-40 hp in the car, which is a lot at the tight GT3 power density. Troubleshooting was difficult because the telemetry data did not reveal the problem." Nevertheless, the team decided to take part in the race.

But even in qualifying, the bad luck continued, by a defect gearbox potentiometer. After a successful repair, Heiko Hammel was only able to go hunting for a fast time at the end of qualifying. Due to a double yellow phase and the lack of engine power, the Lamborghini ultimately landed only on overall rank 19, and thus behind the expectations.

The race started in time, but came to a quick end due to an accident in the short-haul area and was canceled therefore with the red flag. With plenty of delay, the race was restarted after another introduction lap at 13:20 o’clock. Starting driver Schmidtmann realized quickly that he had no chance to follow the GT3 field due to the loss of power. After the first lap, he was already 30 seconds behind the last SP9 car and was unfortunately not competitive. But it got even worse when a gearbox damage came after another lap - marking the end of the race for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO with starting number 20. Despite the disappointment, the gearbox was removed and brought to the manufacturer HÖR Technologie GmbH in order to save the chance to start in the last VLN race in less than two weeks. At the same time, the team tries to find the cause for the missing engine power, so that nothing stands in the way for a successful VLN season finale after so much bad luck.
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