Month: August 2017

Manuel Metzger: “Mercedes-AMG GT4 is the benchmark in GT4”

Mercedes-AMG recently launched its new GT4 challenger into competition at the Nürburgring. In the 6-hour long VLN Rowe 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen the brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT4 was given its baptism of fire by Black Falcon and Uwe Alzen Motorsport. Days later Black Falcon traveled down south to the Algarve for the 24-hour race at Portimão. No longer a spectator, Manuel Metzger took the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 at Portimão. For the German it was his first outing with the car in racing conditions. “I was part of the development program,” says Metzger, who was one of the Mercedes-AMG...

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Ryan Maddison: “Racing in Europe is a dream come true”

“I want this one to win overall, I want this one to win its class, I want this one to win its class, and I want this one to win its class,” Ryan Maddison states, pointing to the quartet of distinctly coloured Mercedes-AMG GT3s lined up in Spa-Francorchamps’ pitlane. The Australian has every reason to be this confident going into the 24 Hours of Spa. Having previously lead Erebus Motorsport to victory in the Bathurst 12 Hours, he knows what it takes to win big races and that’s exactly what he has found at Black Falcon. It’s why they...

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Bradley’s Blog: The virtual path to real-world success

As I sit here in my office at my house in Bedford, UK, I am pondering tyre pressures. It’s over a week until I next turn a wheel at the Nürburgring for real, but in around twenty minutes’ time I will take to the track and begin my qualifying session for virtual VLN 6. Yes– you read that correctly. There is an online racing series, officially sanctioned by VLN itself, which runs exactly one week prior to the real-world events–and racing in it is the best possible preparation for racing in the real series that I can think of. Here’s...

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A game of tyres, Pt.II

A conservative strategy brought Manthey Racing the victory in VLN5. The local squad rode to the win in the 6-hour race employing slicks for the first 3 hours, and then, when the rain set through, went to wets for the remainder. Those who took a chance on slicks failed, leaving the road to victory open for Manthey Porsche. Photos by Miguel Bosch, Julian Schmidt and JP...

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Renger van der Zande: “You have grip and then you don’t”

For Renger van der Zande the season in the Eifel has come to an end. Before returning to the United States for the remainder of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Dutchman came to the Nürburgring one last time this year to race the Haribo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. In the ever-changing weather conditions of the Rowe 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen, he reveled. “It was a great adventure today,” Van der Zande reflects on a day that saw sunshine interchanged with rain. “We’ve raced for six hours, of which I drove 3 hours and 45 minutes. Especially during the wet and...

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