BLACK FALCON achieves unprecedented achievement at VLN launch
VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring – Race Report
The first VLN race of the year started with a significant delay: thick fog prevented the start of qualifying on Saturday morning for four hours and thus shortened the race distance to 2 hours and 45 minutes – just enough to award the full championship points for the race results.
In the SP8T class Kaya, Piana and Robey achieved a hat-trick from pole position, fastest race lap and class victory. At the start of the race, AMG professional Piana demonstrated the possibilities of the BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR-AMG GT4, which is not tied to GT4 homologation, and passed multiple GT3 cars. For the second stint, Kaya took over the 500-hp AMG and handed over the leading car to the final driver and BLACK FALCON newcomer Robey. The American finally crossed the finish line after 19 laps as class winner of the SP8T.
The #395 Porsche 991 Carrera also clinched a perfect race in the V6 class: Akimenkov, Lethmate and Selivanov secured pole position, fastest lap and class victory as well as being the fastest car of the production cars in the classification group. The newly built 991 in TEXTAR design made a successful debut and was always leading the class during the race. Start driver Akimenkov handed over the 911 to Lethmate, who further extended the lead. The third and final stint was completed by Selivanov, who took the win after 18 laps.
For a long time Thomas Bolz, Carsten Palluth and Carlos Rivas fought for class victory in the #394 Porsche 911 Carrera after they had achieved the second fastest time in qualifying and thus secured the double pole-position in the V6 class for the BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR. A puncture finally stopped the trio and ensured the early end of the race.
The next VLN race will take place on Saturday, 13.04.2019, at the Nürburgring.