Thursday, July 30, 2015

VLN: Two Audi R8 LMS ultras for Nürburgring's VLN5

By Tarek Ramchani

The legendary and demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife will play host to the fifth round of the 2015 VLN Endurance Championship this weekend. Two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars will enter the 4-hour event.

The first car is coming from local team Phoenix Racing. The #5 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be shared by three drivers, Frank Stippler, Christian Mamerow and Italian Marco Mapelli. Frank Stippler and Christian Mamerow were on the podium last weekend at the Spa 24 Hours. "Stippi" finished the race second with Audi Sport Team WRT and Mamerow was third with Audi Sport Team Phoenix. While Marco Mapelli is debuting in VLN and he's competing with Audi Sport Italia in Italian GT Championship and also competed with Phoenix Racing earlier this year at Bathurst 12 Hour.

After an emotional podium at the Spa 24 Hours, the Ernst Moser managed squad will target the overall victory in the special 47. ADAC Barbarossapreis.

The second Audi R8 LMS ultra is coming from Twin Busch Motorsport. Their #44 car will be shared by Busch borthers Dennis and Marc and will be joined by Audi regualr Marc Basseng.

A total of eight GT3 cars will compete in VLN5. The two Audi entries will be challenged by three BMW Z4 GT3s, two Porsche 997 GT3 Rs and a single Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.

47. ADAC Barbarossapreis Entry List

The qualifying session and the 4-hour race will be held on Saturday.

Photo credit: VLN