Fast, Faster, Falken
Falken continues to leave an ever-deeper impression on the VLN Endurance Champion-ship: third place for Peter Dumbreck and Stef Dusseldorp in the BMW M6 GT3 at the 58th ADAC Reinoldus Endurance race at the Nürburgring. The team’s great result was rounded off by tenth place for Martin Ragginger, Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor during the Falken debut of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R.
With this result, the Japanese tyre maker again underscored its outstanding performance, impressing with its sixth podium position in the current season.
The BMW M6 GT3 of Peter Dumbreck (GB) and Stef Dusseldorp (NL) began the race in ninth position and already succeeded in gaining a few places during the start phase. A faultless job by the drivers, combined with a smart pit stop strategy and constantly reliable tyres over the entire distance, were again the key to success and secured Dumbreck / Dusseldorp third place and the distinction as best BMW.
The race debut of the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R with Falken tyres was just as successful. During qualifying, Martin Ragginger (A), Nick Tandy (NL) and Laurens Vanthoor (BE) excelled with a 7:57.575 minute lap time, thereby directly matching the performance of the predecessor model, and without any prior test drives whatsoever.
As the new vehicle was not yet homologised in accordance with the FIA GT3 standard, and was registered in the “SPX Class”, the car was relegated to the end of the first starting group in accordance with the regulations. That nevertheless failed to stop the Porsche trio from pushing ahead spectacularly, manoeuvring the 911 in its conspicuous “Erlkönig” camouflage design into sixth place. The drivers were particularly impressed by the Porsche’s front axle that was fitted with the newly dimensioned Falken tyres, providing for yet more improve-ments in precision and stability, and also reflecting the fast lap times.
By the end of the four-hour distance, Ragginger, Tandy and Vanthoor had secured an out-standing tenth overall position, additionally gathering a wide range of crucial data for the 2019 season.
Falken’s next race will be at the VLN final on 20 October 2018 at the 43rd DMV Münsterland Cup.