First victory for MK-Motorsport. Krankenberg and Thiim successful at the Nürburgring.
Ötigheim (rw). After a ninth place in the "24-hour race" at the Nürburgring in the overall standings with an MK-M3, the Ötigheim racing team "MK-Motorsport" now achieved its first victory with a BMW 325i. In the fifth round of the "German Veedol Long Distance Cup", in which 145 touring cars competed, a victory was clinched in the 18-car Group N class with engine capacities of up to 2.5 litres.
Ötigheim/Nürburgring (rw). The Ötigheim touring car racing team MK-Motorsport can be very satisfied with a ninth place overall in the "ADAC 24-hour race" on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring among 180 starters. The BMW M3 Group N was placed between VW's two factory Golf cars. In addition to the final second place in the class up to three litres capacity, a place on the winner's podium was also possible in the overall standings. But changing the rear axle took more than half an hour.
Already the season opener of the Ötigheim touring car racing team MK-Motorsport before the start of the "German Veedol Endurance Cup 1998" with ten races at the Nürburgring brought a fist-thick surprise.
Thiim is an enormous addition to the team as he brings years of experience as a Mercedes works driver and Le Mans to the team. My wish for 1998 is to be at least as successful as last year," announced Michael Krankenberg. In 1997, until the final run of the 3.5-litre vehicles, a leading position in Europe's toughest endurance test was taken until a technical defect destroyed a leading position in the overall standings.