The TMG GT86 Cup is up and running for 2013 with the first rounds offering contrasting emotions in very difficult circumstances at the Nürburgring.
High in the Eifel mountains, and during one of the longest winters in recent memories, the Nürburgring has a reputation for being an inhospitable venue at times.
Last weekend was no different when the TMG GT86 Cup teams arrived to very cold conditions and a damp track, which caught out many cars during the practice and qualifying sessions.
The TMG GT86 Cup did not escape the drama on a slippery, cold track. Five cars entered the Cup, however by race day only three were left standing – and some of those with noticeable repairs following accidents.
Unfortunately the Toyota Swiss Racing car and that of Theo Kleen and Alexander Prinz could not take the start due to accident damage, creating a repeat of the first race, when five cars entered but only three lined up on the grid.
Still, that didn’t deter the three surviving GT86 CS-V3 race cars from putting on a show, despite very difficult track conditions which saw several heavy accidents throughout the field.
In the end, the #533 Dörr Motorsport car of Arne Hoffmeister, Arno Klasen and Wolfgang Kudrass took the chequered flag in a clear lead, having also set the fastest TMG GT86 Cup lap of the race, 10mins 25.410secs.
But Jutta Beisiegel and Alexander Kudrass, in the second-place #530 car of Leutheuser Racing & Events, took the lead in the standings.
As summer edges closer, so conditions on the Nordschleife should improve and lap times reduce.
TMG’s target is a sub-10-minute lap. Even in tricky conditions the GT86 CS-V3 has shown impressive performance and great reliability so the challenge is on for TMG GT86 Cup participants!
Outside of the TMG GT86 Cup, a team entered by TMG employees made its VLN debut in the V3 class. A great job by the volunteer team members – whose day jobs are very different to their team tasks – saw their GT86 CS-V3 finish a creditable fourth in class.