Team mcchip-dkr: Unrewarded race to catch up at the 24h Nürburgring
The anniversary edition of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring was all about the fans this year. The very special 24-hour flair finally had the Green Hell firmly under control again! Countless campers on the Nordschleife and full grandstands on the GP track ensure the best atmosphere at this year's motorsport festival in the Eifel!
The mcchip-dkr team, based not far from the Nürburgring, set off for the highlight of the season with two BMW M240i Racing. Because already on Thursday, was the first RCN race in the supporting program of the 24h race Nürburgring. Motorsport newcomer Markus introduces the Cup 2 class victory with the BMW M240i Racing in RaceBase design on his second RCN assignment and thus ensured a successful start to the long racing weekend!
The driver quartet Lucas Lange, Sascha Lott, Alex Meixner and Sascha Hancke tackled the 24-hour race with another BMW M240i Racing. In the qualifying sessions, Alex Meixner was able to drive the fastest time and placed the cup racer with starting number 243 in 116th place overall.
The longest race of the year started in the best conditions! All went smoothly in the hot initial phase, so that the BMW was already in the top 100 after four hours. All drivers successfully completed their stints and ensured a steady improvement in the overall ranking with constant lap times. The perfectly coordinated crew, which mastered every pit stop in a first-class manner, also played a major part in this. Halfway through the race, the brake pads on the front axle of the BMW M240i Racing had to be changed, otherwise the BMW made do with new tires and fuel. After a trouble-free night, you found yourself in the 69th place overall and third in the class in the morning hours. With a completed race distance of 22 hours, it was exciting again. Rain showers in some sections of the 25.3 km long combination of Nürburgring GP track and Nordschleife ensured a full pit lane. The mcchip-dkr team stayed calm and consequently stayed on slicks. After the last scheduled pit stop, Lucas Lange took over the final stint. There were only 22 minutes to go when a radio message dashed all hopes of reaching the finish line. The BMW rolled out without propulsion in the Fuchsröhre section and, like so many others this weekend, had to continue its journey on a tow truck. Dropping out in 65th place overall and with a podium finish in the BMW M240i Racing Cup class after 23 hours and 38 minutes was a very bitter moment for the whole team.
Despite this, team boss Danny Kubasik is proud of his crew: “I have to commend my team! The whole crew did a perfect job and showed what is possible with good team spirit. Even if it wasn't quite enough in the end, we look positively to the future and will definitely come back! Unfortunately, the Green Hell defeated us at the 50th edition of the 24h Nürburgring. With Energieanlagen Lange, Gamersland, CE Bau, Ravenol, KW Suspension, GTronix360, RaceBase and BG-Immobilien-Verwaltungs GmbH, we had strong partners at our side who. They gave us like our nice fans, a great support! If you want to know the exact reason for the cancellation, you should watch the second part of our YouTube
video series of the 24-hour race, which will be published on June 19th, 2022.”