VLN: Phoenix Racing runner-up

The German-Danish duo secured second place on the grid in the qualifying session. At the end of the session, they were only 0.964 seconds slower than the pole position time on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. A last attempt to secure the pole position for the 40th “RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen” race saw Stippler having to abort the lap, because of a late code 60 phase.

In the race, the Audi Sport driver already took the lead on the first lap and defended the position against the no. 911 Manthey Porsche until shortly before the end of his stint. After seven laps, Møller Madsen took over the second-placed Phoenix Audi R8 LMS. Three laps later, the Dane took the lead and held it until the next pit stop.

In the second half of the race, a close four-way battle developed for the lead. In addition to the Phoenix Audi and the Manthey Porsche, the Land-Motorsport Audi and the Falken Porsche also challenged for the race win. The positions changed several times within the top four. The Phoenix R8 came in third for its last pit stop with 38 minutes remaining in the race. Stippler then subsequently improved to second place, the position he held until the end of the race.

It was the second podium finish in a row for Phoenix Racing after having clinched third place in the previous six-hour race.


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