Misfortune dogs Lexus at second VLN Race

The 41. DMV 4 Hour Race, the second championship round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring, did not run as desired for Lexus. Neither of the two RC F GT3s passed the finishing line.

The event was already over for Emil Frey Racing on Saturday morning during qualifying. Lorenz Frey who was sharing the Lexus RC F GT3 with Stéphane Ortelli, had an accident on a slippery carriage-way, but was fortunately not injured. “Our wet-weather setup is not yet working as intended, there just wasn’t any grip. It was like being on ice,” explained the Zurich resident. “In the Kesselchen section, I lost control of the back of the car and hit the crash barrier. I’m particularly sorry for the team which now has a mountain of work to do in the coming days. The car is extremely difficult to drive under these conditions; that’s something we have to work on.” The considerable damage caused to the front of the Lexus RC F GT3 prevented Frey / Ortelli from taking part in the race.

Things initially went better for the Farnbacher Racing team. Dominik Farnbacher and Hiroki Yoshimoto, who was standing in for the hindered Mario Farnbacher, clocked up 8:16.288 minutes during qualifying, putting them in 16th starting position and second position in the “SPX” class.

The race started under wet conditions, but Farnbacher Racing decided to switch to slicks already after the first lap. An excellent decision, as it turned out. As the race unraveled, the Lexus was among the fastest vehicles on the drying circuit. Sadly, the car clipped a competitor a few laps later during an overtaking maneuver, necessitating a steering rod replacement and racking up several laps’ gap.

After successful completion of the repair and the obligatory chassis measurement, the Lexus RC F GT3 was once again fit and ready to continue. Farnbacher Racing, as Emil Frey Racing did it already in the previous tests, used the remaining time to test various traction control settings and further improve the vehicle.

“It’s a great shame: we should have done far better than that, today. A big ‘thank you’ nevertheless goes out to Hiroki, who stood in for my brother and again did a wonderful job and clocked up super-fast laps. We were able to gather important data and are looking forward to the next VLN meeting,” concluded Dominik Farnbacher.

The third round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring meets in just two weeks’ time. The 58th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup, and traditionally 4-hour, will take place on 14 May 2016.