Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VLN: Phoenix Racing at the opener with two Audis and strong driver line-up

Phoenix Racing Press Release

Phoenix Racing eagerly awaits the season opener in the ‘Green Hell’. When the racing
season on the legendary Nordschleife opens on Saturday, 28 March, with the first
round of the VLN endurance championship, Ernst Moser’s team joins the grid again.
Phoenix Racing plans to compete in all ten races, the first two four-hour races are of
particular importance as they act as preparation for the 24 hour race (14-17 May).

An unusual aspect is that the team based in the industrial park Nürburgring in
Meuspath will compete in the VLN opener with two different cars: with the current
Audi R8 LMS ultra and with its successor the Audi R8 LMS, which was only recently
unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show.

Last year’s 24h winner Christopher Haase and Mike Rockenfeller, DTM Champion in
2013, as well as Frank Stippler and Marc Basseng will drive the new car, with which
Stippler and Markus Winkelhock completed the first tests around the Nordschleife
just two weeks ago. For the R8 LMS, the next generation GT3 sportscar from Audi,
appearing in the VLN opener means a test under race conditions, which should
supply valuable data and experience with a view to the 24-hour race.

One of the drivers sharing the current Audi R8 LMS ultra is Christian Mamerow, who
is a member of Phoenix Racing’s fixed line-up for the popular VLN series. Frank
Stippler will also compete in the VLN as regular Phoenix driver when his schedule

Both the opening race on March 28 and the second VLN race four weeks later on
April 25 are part of the preparations for the legendary 24-hour race around the
Nürburgring, which Phoenix Racing will contest once again with two cars. Phoenix
won the 24h classic last year with Christopher Haase, Markus Winkelhock, Christian
Mamerow and René Rast. It was the second Audi victory in the Nürburgring
marathon since 2012 and the fourth for Phoenix. In the opening VLN race last year,
Ernst Moser and his team took overall victory with the driver line-up Basseng,
Stippler and the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor.

After various test sessions on Friday (March 27), qualifying follows on Saturday
(March 28) between 08:30 and 10:00, before the huge field of GT3 sportscars and
touring cars starts the four-hour race at 12:00.

Photo credit: Audi Communications - Motorsport