FALKEN Porsche takes its first win with BMW second
Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler dominate the 41st RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen and win for the first time in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, ahead of their Falken team colleagues Stef Dusseldorp and Alexandre Imperatori in the BMW M6 GT3.
The 1st September 2018 will go down in the history books of Falken Motorsports. Already during qualifying for the sixth round of the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship, the Falken duo excelled with an outstanding performance, earning themselves second and third on the starting grid. In doing so, the Austrian driver duo of Klaus Bachler and Martin Ragginger in the Porsche 911 GT3 R enjoyed an exceptional premiere: requiring just 7:57.850 minutes to complete the Nordschleife, the Falken Porsche did so for the first-time ever in less than eight minutes. And with a 7:58.081 lap time, the BMW team comprising Stef Dusseldorp (NL) and Alexandre Imperatori (CH) secured the starting position directly behind their team colleagues.
The four-hour contest started under ideal racing conditions with a sunny 15° C. Into Turn One, the two Falken racing cars took the lead which they maintained until the first pit stops. During this initial phase, Klaus Bachler, at the wheel of the Porsche GT3 R, stunned with a breathtaking velocity, burning yet another 7:56.259 minute lap record into the asphalt.
As the race progressed, a neck-and-neck contest unfolded between Audi, BMW and Porsche for the lead position, in which shrewd tyre management ultimately emerged as the key. Thanks to its perfectly timed tyre changes, Falken kept its competitors at bay, letting it lead the race from the head of the field.
The result was the first one-two in Falken’s almost 20 years’ of participation in the VLN racing community.