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Last Saturday, both Falken Motorsports race cars achieved top-10 results at the Nürburgring despite adverse weather conditions during the fifth round of the 2019 VLN Endurance Championship. The #4 Porsche 911 GT3 R finished in sixth place, with the #3 BMW M6 GT3 crossing the line seventh.
Six weeks after the ADAC 24h Race, Falken Motorsports attended the highlight of the VLN Endurance Championship, the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr Cup Race. It is the longest of all the VLN races, which are typically four-hour races.
Numerous fans made a pilgrimage to the Eifel hills following the summer break and were once again greeted by rainy weather and temperatures of around 12°C. Rain tyres were fitted accordingly for qualifying.
Both the Falken entrants exploited their tyres' superior rain performance, securing positions side-by-side on the fourth row of the grid: seventh place for Klaus Bachler (A) and Martin Ragginger (A) in the #4 Porsche 911 GT3 R (10:01.126 min), and eighth place for Stef Dusseldorp (NL) and Jens Klingmann (D) in the #3 BMW M6 GT3 (10:09.913 min).
Both cars started the race with rain tyres, but the quickly drying track necessitated an early switch to slicks. As always, the Falken crew worked precisely, with their pit-stop routine carefully practiced and perfected. The four drivers also delivered a flawless performance as the race continued, but were unable to narrow the gap to the leading quintet.
After 40 laps – a distance of around 975 kilometres – Bachler / Ragginger crossed the finishing line in sixth place, followed directly by Dusseldorp / Klingmann.
The next event will be the 42nd RMV DMV Grenzlandrennen, a four-hour race that will be the sixth round of the VLN Endurance Championship, taking place at the Nürburgring on 7 September 2019.