Outstanding Team Result for FALKEN at the VLN Season’s Highlight
With third and fourth places at the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr Pokal Race, Falken secured itself the best ever team result in this year’s VLN Endurance Championship at the Nür-burgring. Additionally to that, the Japanese tyre maker underscored its excellent per-formance with a record lap time beneath the magical eight-minute-barrier.
Already during qualifying, Stef Dusseldorp (NL) shone with a record lap time. The Flying Dutchman needed just 7:55.986 minutes to complete the 24.358 kilometre-long Nürburgring Nordschleife – faster than any other vehicle with Falken tyres to date. The well-earned re-sult: second starting position for himself and Alexandre Imperatori (CH) in the BMW M6 GT3.
The outlook for the Porsche duo – comprising Sven Müller (D) and Dirk Werner (D) – looked similarly promising at the start of the race: eighth starting position following an 8:02.459 minute lap time.
A nail-biting contest developed between the Falken vehicles over the course of the race in which even their different overtaking tactics and refuelling strategies failed to produce a clear favourite. Up to the very end, the two vehicles were tussling neck-and-neck for a podi-um finish, the BMW actually leading the field for several laps.
Nothing could thwart the momentum – not even a minor collision of the Porsche shortly be-fore the end of the race – and, with drivers and vehicles pushed to their limits, they finally passed the finishing line after over 1,000 gruelling kilometres: Dusseldorp/Imperatori in the BMW for the first time this season with third place on the podium, and Müller/Werner as the best Porsche in the field, directly behind them in fourth place.