Month: March 2015

A nightmare to remember

Sometimes we tend to forget: racing can be a deadly sport. The wake-up call came last Saturday at the Nürburgring, when the RJN Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 got airborne and landed in a crowd of people. What should’ve been a joyful and exciting start of the new VLN season, ended in terror. The day became a nightmare that will stay with those who were there for the rest of their lives. The writing should have been on the wall by Saturday morning when Niclas Kentenich was involved in a violent crash during qualifying for the Westfalenfahrt at the...

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Weekend round-up: VLN, Pirelli World Challenge

While the drivers in the Pirelli World Challenge drove their races at the streets of St. Petersburg, the first VLN race was already suspended, following a horrific accident. One spectator died, two others were injured. A round-up of a weekend that will be talked about for a long time. VLN – 61. ADAC Westfalenfahrt After a little more than fifty minutes of racing, the most feared situation became reality during the first race of the VLN season on the Nordschleife. The #23 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, driven by Jann Mardenborough, started to fly at Flugplatz. A tire barrier and...

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Prologue in le Midi

The countdown has begun: in two weeks time the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship will kick-off in Silverstone. In preparation of the new season, teams and drivers have gathered in the south of France for the Prologue at Paul Ricard. Porsche 919’s were the class of the field this weekend and showed an incredible pace that was hard to follow for the other LMP1 competitors. The quickest laps were set in qualifying trim, according to Porsche LMP1 technical director Alex Hitzinger. While Toyota and Audi lacked in one lap pace they showed good consistency on the longer runs. The test is...

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Dutch falcon

A new season, a new challenge: Jaap van Lagen starts this Saturday in the VLN season-opener with a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 from team Black Falcon. In an unexpected move, the Dutchman has decided to switch from racing Porsches to a new adventure with Mercedes-AMG, who asked him to race one of their cars in the 24 hour of the Nürburgring. On the eve of the 61. ADAC Westfalenfahrt, we asked Van Lagen about this new chapter in his career. “I was approached by Mercedes-AMG, who asked if I was available to do the 24 hours of the Nürburgring...

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Going big with Bentley

Two years ago, one of the Netherlands’s most talented race car drivers added victory in the 24 hours of the Nürburgring to his already impressive résumé. Now, Jeroen Bleekemolen has found a new challenge on the Nordschleife: bringing home the win in the twice-around-the-clock challenge for Bentley. It all starts this coming Saturday, in the VLN season opener. It should be clear by now that Bentley is in it for the win: the British manufacturer came out strong with its debuting Continental GT3 last year, straight away winning races in the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series. For 2015, Bentley...

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