Month: September 2017

Daniel Juncadella: “Luck didn’t come our way this year”

While his neighbors will be deciding the future of Catalunya within Spain this coming Sunday, Daniel Juncadella is unfazed by any possible decision his fellow Catalans will make. Instead, the Team AKKA ASP driver will wake up in his Barcelona home and make the short drive to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the final Blancpain GT Series race of the season. If there ever was a right moment to shine and make up for a season of bad luck, it is now, in the city he grew up in. “I’ve had a difficult season in terms of results, so...

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Christian Engelhart: “I feel nervous and excited–and that’s good”

Two weeks ago, the mental switch was made almost seamlessly: the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup title is gone, now the focus shifts to the overall Blancpain GT Series. Fighting back to fifth place at the Nürburgring meant Christian Engelhart goes into the final round at Circuit de Barcelona with the overall championship within reach—while trailing in the Endurance Cup by just 8 points. 2017 has been an absolute breakthrough year for Christian Engelhart in what has only been his first season competing in both the Endurance and the Sprint Cup for overall Blancpain GT honours—as well as his...

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Matias Henkola: “Haribo got saved by the bell”

Another VLN trophy for Matias Henkola as he returned to the podium in the 57. ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen. The Finnish driver of the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 took third place after a thought-out race strategy came to fruition in the later stages of the race. With second place getting closer in the final hour, the 4-hour Nürburgring-Nordschleife race was cut short with a red flag. Qualifying brought the Dunlop-sponsored BMW M6 GT3 onto the second starting row. From the front-end of the grid the team elected for Michele Di Martino to start on the harder tyres, giving them some...

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Stars aligned, Pt.II

There’s no stopping Manthey Racing. Last weekend at the Nürburgring it was VLN win number four of the season, in a race cut short by two enormous crashes. Photos by Miguel Bosch and JP...

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