Mixed Finish for FALKEN at the 24h Anniversary Race
Double finish topped by sixth overall for Falken
The ADAC TOTAL 24h Race 2019 posed enormous challenges for Falken Motorsports. In the early hours of Saturday evening, debris on the track damaged the rear right tyre of the #44 Porsche 911 GT3 R, robbing it of any chance of a podium position. The #33 BMW M6 GT3, by contrast, enjoyed a solid race and finished in sixth place as the best BMW.
The 47th edition of the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race at the Nürburgring was one of the most spectacular. For Falken, this was its twentieth appearance, an occasion that was fittingly celebrated with over 400 tyre dealers and almost 50 journalists in attendance alongside around 230,000 enthusiastic fans.
During qualifying, Falken concentrated on a balanced race setup rather than chasing outright speed. An 8:16.710 minute lap time saw Klaus Bachler (A), Jörg Bergmeister (D), Martin Ragginger (A) and Dirk Werner (D) start in 18th position in the #44 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Peter Dumbreck (GB), Stef Dusseldorp (NL), Alexandre Imperatori (CH) and Jens Klingmann (D) needed 8:23.130 minutes to complete the 25.378 kilometre-long circuit consisting of the Grand-Prix course and Nordschleife, and started in 31st position in the #33 BMW M6 GT3.
The race began without any incidents for either Falken entry. But five hours in, a puncture – almost certainly caused by debris on the track – necessitated an extended repair break, knocking the 911 back from tenth to sixtieth position. As the race continued, the Porsche quartet amazed onlookers with a methodical race to catch up, elbowing their way back to the Top 15. Unfortunately, a spin shortly before the end of the race called for another unscheduled pit stop, resulting ultimately in a 21st finishing position.
The BMW M6 GT3 ploughed its way consistently through the field, quickly assuming the role of BMW spearhead. Here too, the experienced Falken drivers demonstrated their immense skills, bringing the 500 hp GT3 car safely through a night characterised by numerous incidents and caution zones, and demanding the very last reserves from drivers and team alike. Once again, the Falken tyres proved to be the key to success, enabling fast and constant lap times.
At the end of the 24-hour race and after a total of 3,934 kilometres, the BMW M6 GT3 passed the well-earned chequered flag in sixth position.
The Falken race team will now be taking a summer break. The next race will be the fifth round of the VLN Endurance Championship, the 6 Hour ADAC Ruhr Cup Race at the Nürburgring on 3rd August 2019.