MK-Motorsport partner PIXUM Team Adrenalin Motorsport can be happy again this year about a strong team result at the 24h-Race at the Nürburgring. The reigning VLN champion team secured victory in the BMW M240i Racing Cup and in the highly competitive V4 production car class in the world's toughest endurance race. The strong performance was rounded off with third place in the V5 class. Thanks to the strong competition these class victories are all the more worthwhile, since the distance to the competitors was always within one to two minutes, this was also awarded with the rare award "What a Win" from BMW Motorsport.
"It was another incredibly tough weekend for our entire team. The 24-hour race regularly demands everything from every single team member, especially as we faced the mammoth task with nine cars for the third time in a row. That's why I'd like to start by thanking our entire team. Even though this time we unfortunately weren't able to finish all the vehicles after 24 hours, our yield is more than respectable. That makes me incredibly proud," explains team boss Matthias Unger.
Above all, the two hard-fought class victories provided great joy within the team. With the pole position and the fastest lap, Daniel Zils, Norbert Fischer, Oskar Sandberg and Yannick Fübrich with the #240 PIXUM BMW 240I Racing won the race twice around the clock with just 39 seconds ahead of the competition in the Cup 5 class. It was one of the tightest decisions at this year's 24h race. "At no time did we have the opportunity to slow down, which brought our car to its limit in view of the high outside temperatures. In the end, we're delighted that we were able to gain the upper hand in the end and clinch class victory," the driver quartet agreed. In the end, the four pilots also occupied a strong 32nd place overall. This was also rewarded with a trophy for the "Best BMW Team", which team boss Matthias Unger received at the award ceremony.
But also their teammates Marcel Lenerz, Thorsten Wolter, Francesco Merlini and Stefan Kruse had reason to celebrate after the finish. Despite a somewhat longer repair break they saw the black and white chequered flag after a flawless performance on a strong fourth place. Thanks to the strong field of 13 participants, fourth place equals a podium finish. The strong team result in the BMW M240i Racing Cup was rounded off with tenth place by Alessandro Cremascoli, 'Jeff Young', Stephan Kuhs and Jacek Pydys.
In the production car class V4 Christoph Magg, Philipp Stahlschmidt, Philipp Kowalski and John Lee Schambony fulfilled a big dream together with the PIXUM Team Adrenalin Motorsport. After some strong appearances at the VLN, they won the 24h race together. "We have already started with relatively high hopes, but in the end we were surprised to be able to be at the front of the field. It's an indescribable feeling to have achieved class victory in the 24-hour race," says Magg. The sister car of Kevin Warum, Benjamin Lyons, Dan Berghult and Juha Miettinen finished fifth.
In the V5 production car class James P. Briody, Christian Teichert, Markus Zünd and Urs Zünd made it to the podium. After 119 laps they were waved down to third place with the #140 PIXUM Porsche Cayman. The driver's crew of the #141 NEXEN-Tire Porsche Cayman Ulrich Korn, Charles Oakes, Einar Thorsen and Matthias Beckwermert also showed a good performance, but had to give up the race prematurely after an incident on the track.
In the classes V6 and SP10 the PIXUM Team Adrenalin Motorsport had also hot irons in the fire, but a top position should be denied. The reigning VLN champions Christopher Rink, Danny Brink, Philipp Leisen and BMW works driver Dirk Adorf were on the podium for a long time with the BMW M4 GT4. However, a wheel hub break and other minor technical problems on Sunday morning meant that the car had to have a longer service life in the pits. For the final lap the BMW M4 GT4 was sent to the track again to thank the fans and BMW Motorsport.
"We were very well on our way, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get a podium finish in the SP10 class. Nevertheless we hope that we could offer the fans a great show with the live impressions of Dirk Adorf from the cockpit. As winners of the BMW Sports Trophy last season, we are proud that we were able to do this race together with BMW Motorsport," says Unger. "Despite the retirement, we had a lot of fun and were able to finish the race with a great result.
Text: Media Daco / Pictures: MK-Motorsport