Dunlop teams triumph on Nürburgring - Nordschleife
• Dunlop equipped Audi R8 LMS 1st and 2nd after 6 hour endurance
• Fastest lap for spectacular Glickenhaus SCG003C
23 April 2017 - Dunlop equipped teams are celebrating success after the important and prestigious qualification race for the 24 hours of Nürburgring.
On the demanding Nordschleife, Dunlop celebrated a double podium in the last race before the legendary 24h race at the end of May. It was a 1-2 result for Dunlop equipped Audi R8 LMS cars with the local Phoenix-Racing team taking the chequered flag ahead of the similar car from the Audi Sport Team WRT team .
"This is a successful rehearsal for the 24h race. Congratulations to the entire Phoenix Audi team, including Team Principal Ernst Moser, and also to WRT for a strong second place, "said Alexander Kühn, Car Product Manager, Dunlop Motorsport EMEA. "The experience of the two previous VLN races and the other intensive test programmes are paying off. With this result, we are looking confidently towards next month and the great long-distance marathon in the Eifel. "
The Phoenix drivers, Germans Mike Rockenfeller, Dennis Busch and Dane Nicolay Moeller Madsen (DEN) celebrated the victory after 41 laps over the 25.378 kilometer combination of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit. "Today everything worked, and the Dunlop tyre was strong in the stints," said Mike Rockenfeller.
The second place team of DTM driver Nico Müller (SUI) and Frederic Vervisch (BEL) also praised the Dunlop performance: "Our strategy worked, and the race pace was good. Thanks to the Dunlop tyres we were able to drive long stints, "said Nico Müller.
Another challenger for victory was also racing on the latest Dunlop tyres. In a gripping race on the world's toughest race track, the distinctive SCG003C , a vision of American James Glickenhaus, scored the fastest lap with 8: 16.846 minutes, building on the promise from practice where the team also set fastest lap.
Dunlop teams did not just show great race pace - they were also strong in qualifying.
After the second qualifying three Dunlop GT3 sports cars were at the top of the timesheets. The HTP-Mercedes-AMG GT3 secured the pole position with 8: 14.254 minutes, leading the second place SCG003C by 0.571 seconds. The Dunlop 'Art-Car' BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop started from position three.
The Nurburgring 24h takes place on the weekend of 27th and 28th May.
James BaileyEMEAUnited Kingdomjbailey@goodyear.com44 7770 682413
Juergen Wiedemann-Germanyjuergen_wiedemann@goodyear-dunlop.com+49 6181 682080