Customer Racing: VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring: Second and third place for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in VLN season finale

20.
October 2018
Nürburgring

A strong end of the season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47 with the drivers trio of Patrick Assenheimer, Maximilian Götz (both GER) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) secured second place overall in the season finale of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft at the Nürburgring. Hubert Haupt, Luca Stolz (both GER) and Yelmer Buurman (NED) finished in third place with the #6 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3 and thus completed the double podium result for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the 43rd DMV Münsterlandpokal.

  • Double podium for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Second place for Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47
  • Third place for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #6 of BLACK FALCON 

Nürburgring – Right in time for the start of the final round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, the Eifel showed itself from its best angle. After qualifying and as a result the race start had to be postponed for an hour due to fog, the total of 155 competitors, including a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3, were able to take on the four-hour race in perfect outside conditions.

The Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47 had secured a very good starting grid position for the race with third place in qualifying. Starting driver Maximilian Götz held on to third place at the start and established himself in the frontrunning group. With ten laps completed including a tactical early pit stop, the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3 was able to take the lead with Luca Stolz in the #6 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3 following closely after having started from sixth place on the grid.

Patrick Assenheimer took over from Maximilian Götz and staged a thrilling, but fair duel at the front with Hubert Haupt in the #6 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3. Several code 60 phases in the second half of the race caused the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to lose some time and they dropped back to second and third place respectively. With fast lap times, final driver Raffaele Marciello put the leader under pressure in the Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport car with starting number 47, but wasn’t able to close the gap to the leader entirely. After 28 laps of racing, he crossed the finish line in second place and secured the first podium success of the season for Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport. Yelmer Buurman finished third in the #6 BLACK FALCON car. For the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team, it was already the third overall podium finish after the overall win in the season highlight, the VLN 6-hour race, and victory in the fifth VLN round. Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON had secured second place in the second round of the season.  

With its double podium finish, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport celebrated a successful end of the season in the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft. In the nine VLN rounds, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored a total of four overall race wins and three further podium results, a strong record.

After the ninth and final round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, the series bows out into the winter break. Action in the Eifel resumes on 23 March, 2019 with the first round of the new season, the 65th ADAC Westfalenfahrt.

Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47: “Today, I felt really well again in the Mercedes-AMG GT3. I am still a rookie at the Nordschleife and I still have to learn a great deal, particularly concerning the difficult sections of the track. This podium finish is a good result.”

Patrick Assenheimer, Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47: “Racing with Hubert Haupt was great fun. Of course, a brand-internal battle is always something nice. There were several code 60 phases and many cars that were lapped. Sometimes, we had an advantage, sometimes they did, but the battle was always fair.”

Yelmer Buurman, BLACK FALCON #6: “During the code 60s, we lost some time. After that it was difficult to move up any further, the gap was too big. Towards the end, we didn’t take any big risk anymore, we wanted to bring the car home safely. And exactly that is what we managed to do.”

Hubert Haupt, BLACK FALCON #6: “With today’s result, we can be very happy. All in all, the VLN season has been great. We have won the VLN highlight, the six-hour race, as well as the seventh season round. Next season, we will be attacking again with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.”

Result VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring round 9*: 

POS

overall

POS

class

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

1.

(SP9 PRO)

4

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Falken Motorsports

Klaus Bachler (AUT), Martin Ragginger (AUT)

2.

2.

(SP9 PRO)

47

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport

Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Maximilian Götz (GER),

Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

3.

3.

(SP9 PRO)

6

Mercedes-AMG GT3

BLACK FALCON

Hubert Haupt (GER), Luca Stolz (GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED)

 

 

 

 

 

54.

5.

(SP10)

163

Mercedes-AMG GT4

BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA

Stefan Karg (GER), Fidel Leib (GER), Moritz Oberheim (GER)

DNF

DNF

(SP10)

164

Mercedes-AMG GT4

Team Mathol Racing e.V.

Aurel Schoeller (GER), Miguel Toril Boquoi (ESP), Carlos Gomez (USA)

DNF

DNF

(SP10)

162

Mercedes-AMG GT4

BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction

Axel König (GER), Norbert Schneider (GER), Christoph Hoffmann (GER)

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    Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47
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    BLACK FALCON #6
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    BLACK FALCON #6
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    Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47
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    From left to right: Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Raffaele Marciello, Patrick Assenheimer, Luca Stolz, Maximilian Götz
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    Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47, BLACK FALCON #6
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    From left to right: Luca Stolz, Yelmer Buurman, Hubert Haupt
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    From left to right: Patrick Assenheimer, Maximilian Götz, Raffaele Marciello
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    BLACK FALCON #6
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