In the third round of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring 2019, the GTronix360 team mcchip-dkr wanted to attack in V5 class with the Porsche Cayman 981 and the promising driver line-up Nick Hancke, Thomas D. Hetzer and Nick Salewsky. Already on Friday should be driven many test kilometers on the Nordschleife. Unfortunately, Thomas D. Hetzer crashed in the section Wehrseifen and the Cayman has been badly damaged that we could not participate at saturdays race. Luckily driver Thomas D. Hetzer was not injured. The Porsche was disassembled still at Saturday to get an overview of the damage. In addition to many broken body parts, the frame of the Porsche Cayman was also damaged. So first address for reconstruction is the coachbuilder.
Too much time for the repair doesn´t remains, because the 24h qualifying race is already in three weeks. The Cayman should be ready for race then.
The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 support in cooperation with the Japanese team Kondo Racing went according to plan. Important data could be collected during extensive test drives in Fridays training. Also the qualifying on Saturday morning started consistently positive. Tomonobu Fujii piloted the Nissan GT-R into the front row, just behind the Manthey-Racing Porsche 991 GT3 R #911. The second qualifying position showed the potential of the Japanese GT3 car. Well prepared, the team tackled the four-hour race, which was marked by heavy rain showers. The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 could’t keep up with the fastest GT3 cars through the difficult weather conditions. Above all, the grip level of the Yokohama rain tires was difficult for the drivers. Nevertheless, important insights were gained in view to the 24h qualifying race and the 24h race. Freak weather like at the third VLN race has often occurred in past 24h races. For such conditions, the setup of the vehicle is now much more harmonious. Further test drives in preparation for the top race of the year, will be completed as part of trackdays on the Nordschleife. The final big test run for the 47th edition of the ADAC Total 24h race (20. - 23.6.2019) will be the 24h qualifying race (18. - 19.5.2019).