Sunday, June 24, 2012

Audi and Phoenix Racing domination at VLN round 4

By Tarek Ramchani

Audi and team Phoenix Racing had a perfect weekend at the Nordschleife. A great win in the fourth round of the VLN Endurance Series. The 43. Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, a four hour event.

The #15 Bilstein backed Audi R8 LMS ultra dominated the whole event. In the qualifying the car achieved a fine pole position. A 1-2 Audi start as Raeder Motorsport's R8 LMS was second. Moving into the race it was full domination from the pole setting car. The team's regular drivers and recent overall winners of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Marc Basseng and Frank Stippler were able to control the entire race. The winning car crossed the finish line after 28 laps, some 47 seconds ahead of the second placed Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. In a very strong third overall was the sister #5 Audi R8 LMS ultra shared by Christopher Haase and Luca Ludwig. Extreme bad luck hit the #44 Audi from Raeder Motorsport. The car shared by Frank Biela, Christian Hohenadel and Thomas Mutsch crashed in traffic and didn't finish the race.

In the SP4T class, it was a 1-2-3-4 win for the Audi TT RS. Raeder Motorsport was unlucky with the R8 LMS ultra but did well with the TT RS. The #269 car come home with the SP4T class victory and sixteenth place overall.

After the historical outright victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours last month the Audi R8 LMS ultra once again proved to be one of the best GT3 racers around. Phoenix Racing has also proven to be among the strongest teams in endurance and GT racing. The team is now targeting another big classic, the Spa 24 Hours at the end of July. Next round of the VLN Series is two weeks time, on July the 7th.

VLN round 4 full results

Photo credit: Julian Schmidt / JSR Photography

More information:
VLN official website
Phoenix Racing official website

SP4T class winner: #269 Audi TTRS - Raeder Motorsport