Nurburgring Racing League – Season 1, Race 2

After the podium finish at the inaugural race of the NRL series, the expectations for our C-Spec team and its drivers Lars Moldenhauer and Sascha Lamp were high, though success and failure are always close together when racing at the famous Nordschleife circuit.

With a nrl_wp_2new personal best of 8:29.575, Sascha qualified the car on a solid 6th position. Sascha was also scheduled for doing the start and the first two stints. Although going threewide through the first two corners and being hit by the finnish Blackadder driver Miitro Kemppainen, Sascha could hold his position. After the first lap he lost control going through Breidscheid and lost 4 positions, but he managed to avoid crashing the wall and damaging the car, which already had some minor aerodynamic damage because of the bump at the start. However, he lost approximately 10 seconds and a couple of positions.

After that spin, Sascha had a hard but clean battle against Beer Pitstops driver Mathieu Fortin. Fortin spun in the fast Mutkurve corner, but he managed to stay away from the wall. With now a couple of seconds in front, Sascha spun twice in slow corners, and the battle against Fortin went on until Sascha’s first pitstop. Fortin came into the pits a lap later, but lost 15 seconds.

During his second stint, Sascha gained another position after overtaking french driver¬†Olivier Huguet from the P’tit Jaune Motorsports C-Spec crew. Being already back in 5th, Sascha did some fast laps around the Ring and maintained his position before getting back into the pits after his stint to hand the car over to Lars, when he suddenly experienced a hardware issue. Right after getting out of the pits coming onto the first corner, Lars hit the braking pedal, which broke then. He tried to get the car back without any major mistakes, lost it without hitting the wall at the entry of Flugplatz and kept the car as clean as possible before heading back to the pits to switch with Sascha to investigate his braking pedal issue, which was fixed easily.

However, the TFR C-Spec lost just one position to Beer Pitstop driver Fortin.nrl_wp_3 With a much shorter third stint, Sascha was able to close the gap of 1 minute a little bit, but Lars needed to push until the end after getting back in the car with a then fixed braking pedal. But, after 4 laps, Lars did an almost terminal mistake after he overshot Breidscheid and hit the wall hard. He lost 10 minutes for repairs and another two positions.

The TFR C-Spec finished the race in 8th position out of 11 in class.

Still racing for the Race Hawks team, our new team member Georg Gruber from Austria won his second NRL race in class in a row, but being a lone MX-5 driver didn’t make the race as exiting for a driver as it used to do. His race was, except for 2 little spins, quite uneventful, but he managed to race 4 hours around the Nordschleife on his own and he would have been 3rd in the Jetta class.

Racing in this series is a lot of fun for all our participating drivers, though more cars on the track, especially more drivers in the Mazda MX-5 class would be thankful for the entire field. Probably the next race in 2 weeks would be a bit better on that point.

iRacing forum thread: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3343358.page
Point standings: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/downloadAttach/2410807.page