Top 10 Result For Both Lexus RC F GT3s at the Nürburgring
Both of the Lexus RC F GT3s achieved a Top 10 result at the fifth points-scoring meeting of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Dominik and Mario Farnbacher chalked up fourth place – the season’s best result thus far – and Lorenz Frey and Stéphane Ortelli finished in a compelling tenth place in the Emil Frey Racing vehicle.
“This was a great weekend for Lexus. After a tough start to the season for Emil Frey Racing, our aim was to pass the finishing line and achieve a quantifiable result. My thanks go out to the team which refused to become dispirited and never doubted our success,” said Lorenz Frey after the race.
Qualifying got off to a good start and according to plan, with the Lexus RC F GT3 with #54 in 13th overall position. But during the session, officials measured an excessively loud dB value, necessitating a mandatory replacement of the exhaust system. As there was insufficient time for the replacement prior to the starting formation, Frey/Ortelli left the pit lane having to join at the very back of the starting group.
What followed was a breathtaking demonstration of Stéphane Ortelli’s abilities. With systematic passing maneuvers and a supreme racing tempo, he succeeded in notching up one position after the next, before handing over a well-placed Lexus to Lorenz Frey. Zurich resident Frey underscored the day’s great performance, securing his team tenth overall position after an almost flawless race.
Farnbacher Racing also left the Eifel in good spirits. The two brothers, Dominik and Mario, achieved an excellent second starting position following an 8:01.384 minute lap time, or an average 182.160 km/h lap speed. “That was the fastest lap time we’ve ever driven in the Lexus. It’s wonderful confirmation that our development work is heading in the right direction,” enthused Dominik Farnbacher.
Right at the start of the four-hour race, brother Mario swished past the Audi which had started from the pole position and remained in the lead for several laps. “It was a great feeling to be the first to turn on to the Nordschleife,” said Mario after the race. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep up that place for so long: our tires quickly started to wear down after a few laps, so fourth place is absolutely acceptable. A podium finish wasn’t realistic anyway: there was no way we could match the speed of our Audi, Porsche and BMW competitors over that distance.”
Lexus Switzerland’s Hannes Gautschi was also delighted: “We fulfilled our goal of both cars passing the finishing line in a Top 10 position. Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing did it! In fact, given that they also achieved this in the ‘SPX’ class, it was actually a double victory. We’re exceedingly proud!”
The next race follows a five-week summer break. The sixth meeting of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring takes place on August 20 , 2016.