Nürburgring 24 Hours: Falken on the starting blocks
Part of the legendary endurance race since the late nineties, this year the tyre manufacturer entered an upgraded Porsche 911 GT3 and an experienced team of drivers. With this line up, Falken hoped to finish in the top 10, but the weather decided otherwise. A collision a few laps from the end saw them drop back to 20th, while the target was within reach.
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Disappointment for Falken Motorsports: The Porsche 911 driven by the Asch, Dumbreck, Henzler and Ragginger team finished 20th in this 14th edition of the 24 Hours Nürburgring, a race where the tyre manufacturer hoped to claim a place in the Top 10. For the first time, the race was won by Mercedes (SLS AMG GT3).
Motorsports are not an exact science. Unexpected challenges must be reckoned with and this year, there were many. For starters, the rain: The race was interrupted for much of the night (from 23:00 – 08:00) due to heavy rain and thick fog that descended on the track late in the evening. The race re-started the next morning to offer a closely contested second stint.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R from Falken Motorsports livened up the race with panache. Up until a few laps from the end, they were among the Top 10 teams and were briefly in the lead. And then, there was the first spin, fortunately only a minor incident, due to a sudden downpour while the car still had slick tyres. Then, a few minutes from the end, a minor jostle with a competitor forced the driver back to the pits… The Porsche crossed the finish line in 20th position, out of a field of almost 200 competitors: A very respectable result …
Falken will be back next year to do even better. Since the late 1990’s, the tyre manufacturer has been part of the Nurburgring line-up. It has successively entered cars from Nissan (Skyline GT-R), Toyota (Supra) and since 2011, Porsche. The Porsche 911 GT3 R entered this year sported a new aerodynamic kit allowing drivers to get the most out of the 520 hp, flat-six engine.
The team line-up included Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger, all experienced drivers and veterans of the Nordschleife circuit.
Take a lap around the circuit in the Porsche 911 GT3 driven by Martin Ragginger
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