New Nordschleife Record for Lexus RC F GT3
8:00.445 minutes was all it took for Dominik and Mario Farnbacher to complete the 24.358 km combination of Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife in qualifying for the 39th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen, the sixth race of this season’s VLN Endurance Championship. It was the brothers’ fastest lap to date in their Lexus RC F GT3.
“That’s a great feeling and once again proves that the Lexus can keep pace with its competitors. Our improvements have unequivocally shown that they work as intended, not just in terms of the fast lap time in qualifying, but also over the entire race. That’s vital for a four-hour race,” says Dominik Farnbacher.
The Farnbacher duo started in 5th position with Dominik Farnbacher at the wheel. Even before leaving the first curve, he had nudged his way through to third place, only to be forced from the track by a competitor at the end of the so-called Cross Connection. With the exhaust pipe damaged in the incident, exhaust fumes poured out onto the rear tyres, impairing their pressure and, consequently, also the driving characteristics.
Farnbacher’s sole option was to call on his pit crew to repair the damage – which cost him around eight minutes in lost time. The speed-brothers returned to the cat and mouse pursuit in 96th place and, after 4:01:39.072 hours, were rewarded with a tremendous 10th overall position and victory in the “SPX” class. “The car performed excellently after the repair, letting us keep up with most of the other top speedsters,” said Mario Farnbacher after the race.
The Emil Frey Racing sister car also had a turbulent weekend. Lorenz Frey’s and Stéphane Ortelli’s Lexus RC F GT3 started in 13th position. “Unfortunately we didn’t get a free lap without a yellow phase. Nevertheless, seventh row of the grid is a good starting point for another Top 10 finish,” explained Stéphane Ortelli.
Stéphane Ortelli was in the driving seat at the start of the 151-strong racing field. But the big shock already came in the first lap: for still-unexplained reasons, the Lexus RC F GT3 overshot the bend in the Brünnchen track section and careered into the guard rail. “With that, the race was already over for us in the first lap. We’re forensically analysing what caused the accident. The main thing is that our driver, Stéphane Ortelli, was not injured in the crash,” summarised Lorenz Frey.
The next meeting will be held on 3 September 2016 with the “ROWE 6 Hour ADAC Ruhr Cup Race”, the season’s highlight of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. For further information on Emil Frey Racing, please visit http://lexus.emilfreyracing.com and www.facebook.com/EmilFreyLexusRacing.