Tim Scheerbarth has seen it all: A long time ago he started his VLN career in a self-built Ford Fiesta ST Cup, went on to become VLN, Junior, and production class champion in Black Falcon’s BMW Z4, and race the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGT GT3. In recent years he has made a career of racing Porsche Cup cars, winning the Carrera Cup title with GetSpeed Performance in 2017.
For 2018, the reigning champion moved to Mühlner Motorsport to race the new, second generation Porsche 991 GT3 Cup—doing so to much success in the first outing of the season at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
“We won the race today with the new second generation Porsche 911 Cup car,” a happy Scheerbarth said.
“The car is new for the team and us drivers—we aren’t ready with the set-up yet, we still have a bit to do, but we know which points we have to work on.
“The result was very good: we won our class, so it was a great day. And now the weather is great as well: the forecast called for very cold temperatures, maybe even snow, but now the sky is blue and the sun is shining. It’s a brilliant day at the end of March—it’s a good start to the new racing season with a new team.”
Talks with Bernhard Mühlner to come race for his team started late last year, in true Tim Scheerbarth style: with a smile and a joke.
“At the VLN prizegiving I had a couple of drinks and said to Bernhard: ‘Bernhard! You’ve got a new car, what’s going on with that?’ We joked a bit and now it’s for real.
“Mühlner Motorsport have a very long history with impressive cars and drivers who have at one point raced for Bernard Mühlner.
“They won the Cayman trophy in VLN last year and made the step up to the Cup cars. There’s a bit of work to do for the drivers and the team—we need a bit more structure within the team now that we have more cars, but that’s still in progress and it’s all working fine.”
Scheerbarth was the last driver to be announced in the number 123 Mühlner Motorsport Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup, joining 2017 Cayman Cup champion Moritz Kranz and Marcel Hoppe for the race to the Carrera Cup championship.
“The communication between Marcel, Moritz and myself is going very smoothly. They are two nice guys, we’ve had a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“The target for the season is to win the championship and this first victory is a good first step. We have to see what the competition in our class will do. Maybe after the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring more, strong cars will join our Cup class.
“But we are well-prepared for that and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”