Emotions were high in the Team Rent4Ring Racing pit this weekend, after a class victory and a DNF. The Mazda MX5, running in class V3, faced stiff competition from two much faster Toyota GT86s, one crewed by the already-proven Toyota Suisse Racing Team and another car including TV-personality and racecar driver Tim Schrick.
“It was a nervous time for me in pitlane with our team mate Dale Lomas making the start,” admitted Team Principle and Driver Fredy Lienhard. “He normally drives the 125i and only has a few laps of experience in the MX5. But I needn’t have worried. We stayed in touch with the leader, and then crept ahead over the next two pitstops. A lot of credit goes to Yokohama, who gave us a new set of tires to try. It was a freshly developed tire with a softer compound and harder shoulder, perfect for the low temperatures on the MX5. Thanks to the low weight and power of the car, these tires lasted the whole 4-hours! They performed from the first lap until the last lap at a very high level. This saved us time in the pits, as we only had to worry about a driver change and refueling. I´m sure this helped us win the race with such a big margin. So despite the Suisse Racing car making the fastest lap in class by 7 seconds, the consistency of our drivers and our better pitstops really won the race."
The Mazda MX5, piloted by Fredy Lienhard, Ralph Beck and Dale Lomas took the class victory by nearly 3-minutes over the next closest Toyota.
It was not such a glorious race for the Rent4Ring BMW 125i running in VT2 though. Just as it was starting to make some ground against the more powerful, but shorter-ranged Ford Focus leading the group, young gun Tim Wüstefeld suffered a collision on the Grand Prix track. Repairs were attempted, but with a damaged steering rack and suspicions raised by other bent components, it was decided not to further risk the car.
“I was satisfied that all the drivers were happy with the cars, and that we again had a victory in the V3 class,” said Team Chief Tom Lennackers. “The crash involving Apollo 1 was unfortunate, because he was actually catching the class-leading car in the middle stint. But the team worked excellently again, with some of the fastest pitstops this year in spite of the cold!”
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