After a 5-month winter break, action returns today to the Nürburgring for the opening round of the VLN championship. 171 are scheduled to take the start of the 65. ADAC Westfalenfahrt, including 27 GT3s (25 in SP9/GT3, 2 in SPX). 

Qualifying for the VLN season-opener has gone to Rowe Racing after a long delay waiting for the fog to lift. The session finally got underway at 12:30, lasting just 1 hour. As usual, the fastest times were set in the closing minutes, with the number 98 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 of Tom Blomqvist putting down a pole-position lap-time of 8:01.192. Michele Di Martino in the number 7 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo followed in second place, setting a time of 8:02.172, just under a second slower than Blomqvist’s pole-lap. Lining up on the second row are the number 48 MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Maximilian Götz and and number 99 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 of John Edwards.

As qualifying ended at 13:30, the race is now scheduled to start at 15:20 CET and be raced over the minimum distance of 2h45m. The chequers flies at 18:05.

Today’s forecast calls for 8 degrees Celsius and a mostly clouded sky.

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#2 GetSpeed Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Marek Böckmann/Tristan Vautier/Luca Ludwig)

#8 Team IronForce by Ring Police Porsche 991.2 GT3R (Lucas Luhr/Adrien De Leener/Jan-Erik Slooten)

#23 J2 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Janine Hill/John Shoffner/Fabian Schiller)

#24 J2 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Fabian Vettel/Philip Ellis/Indy Dontje/Christopher Brück)

#152 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT4 (Christoph Hoffmann/Axel König/Norbert Schneider)

#155 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT4 (Mustafa Mehmet Kaya/Gabriele Piana)

#162 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT4 (Tobias Müller/Tim Scheerbarth/Tristan Viidas)

#929 Teichmann Racing KTM X-Bow GT4 (Maik Rönnefarth/Maximilian)

#960 Teichmann Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (Daniel Bohr)

#820 FEV Racing SEAT Cup Racer TCR (Lukas Thiele/Martin Pischinger)

#917 Schmickler Performance Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (Ivan Jacoma/Claudius Karch/Kai Riemer)


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