It was a high-octane season finale last weekend as Team Rent4Ring took to the track for the final race of 2013, the famous “DMV Münsterlandpokal”, better known to many as the “Schinkenrennen” because of the whole hams taken home by each class winner.
In a shake-up to the normal entries of two BMW 125i 2.0-litre turbo cars and the Mazda MX-5 2.0-litre, Team Rent4Ring swapped the little Mazda out in favour of the red and white Toyota GT86 of Toyota Swiss Racing.
“We wanted to shake things up a little bit,” admitted Team Prinicipal and Driver, Fredy Lienhard. “We already know that if we’re fast and consistent the MX-5 will deliver victory. But the Toyota GT86 would often lead our class at the beginning of the race, setting some very impressive laptimes. Thanks to a kind offer from our rivals Toyota Swiss, we had a great opportunity to test this new car for ourselves. In the race practice it proved a lot quicker than the Mazda on a single lap thanks to the power. But in the race we struggled with technical issues throughout. It was almost a surprise to cross the line as first in class.”
Fredy Lienhard shared the victory in the 2.0-litre production class with his teammates from the previous VLN class-win, Ralph Beck and Dale Lomas.
The BMW 125i #497 of Uwe Legermann and Kris Cools was not so fortunate. Despite passing and leading the class-dominating Getrag Ford Focus ST for the first few laps of the race, an unlucky moment spelt disaster for our brave Belgian.
“We were together into the dip of Tiergarten, me and a Clio Cup, maximum speed,” explained Kris Cools. “But as the track narrowed we came together and the Clio just caught the back of my BMW. I did my best to control the slide, but at 225kmh it was never going to be easy.”
“Kris did a fantastic job,” confirmed lead driver Uwe Legermann. “It’s unlucky that he crashed, but I’m very happy that he showed the car could beat and pass the class-leader in the right hands.”
With the first BMW out of the race, the second car #506 was left to chase the Focus. Driven by Andrea Sabbatini as well as Ralph Beck and Fredy Lienhard (double-starting), a difficult start and tough middle stint left the BMW in second position for the race.
“In conditions like those I was just happy that we could bring the car back in one piece,” admitted Ralph Beck. “With one victory and one total crash, a solid finish for the third car is not so bad.”
Thanks to Team Rent4Ring’s enthusiastic and expert sponsors: Autobau Erlebniswelt, Motul, Rota Wheels Schweiz, KW Suspension and Yokohama tyres.
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NOTES: Team Rent4Ring Racing is a new team for 2013, an extension of the already massively successful Rent4Ring Nürburgring rental car company. Team Rent4Ring Racing wouldn’t be able to operate without the hard-working crew of T+N Motorsport.
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