GT86 Cup Round 1: A dramatic start

The TMG GT86 Cup, part of the VLN, saw a dramatic start into the new season, especially on the final stretch, when Pit Lane – AMC Sankt Vith won its first ever race in the cup. “I’m so very happy,” said the manager, Olivier Muytjens, who had also been one of the drivers and had shared the TMG GT86 CS-V3’s cockpit with Bruno Barbaro and “Brody“. “Tonight, we’re gonna have a beer together,” he added.

Winners or losers? For Uwe Kleen, co-manager of the second-ranking team, Ring Racing, the answer was clear. “Neither. We are very happy with our second place in our very first race in the TMG GT86 Cup in our own car.“ For quite some time, Ring Racing had even been in the lead. “But then, in the last lap, we were suffering front-axle oscillations and had to make a pit-stop,” Uwe Kleen said and continued: “But that’s life.” Ranking third were Leutheuser Racing & Events, who, after one year off, had re-entered the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH cup.

Ring Racing had drawn attention even before the race, when they recruited Arne Hoffmeister, last year’s champion, who did indeed gain the pole position. “After the winter break, I really wanted to do a race here again. So when they asked me, I didn’t say no,” Hoffmeister said about his temporary comeback.

The new team Mathol Racing fielded two pros, when car 537 was driven by two Americans, Boris Said, in 2005 overall champion of the 24h race here, and the IMSA ace Eric Curran. “They both have to get their Nürburgring licence, so this weekend they joined us,” team manager Matthias Holle commented on his use of the two US stars. After an unfortunate loss of time in the first lap, the American duo continually made up ground and in the end ranked fourth.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsports: “We have had a great start into the season, with no major incidents. I’m very pleased that all teams were able to cross the finish line. This attests to our customer-support teams’ good work.”