Two otherwise beautiful regions had one thing in common this weekend: the weather! Phoenix Racing had some treacherous conditions to contend with both at the VLN at the Nürburgring and at the Blancpain GT Series in Monza.
Icy temperatures and even flurries of snow meant that the race organisers at the Nürburgring had no choice other than to red-flag the second round of the VLN endurance championship prematurely. The conditions robbed Vincent Kolb, Frank Stippler and Jamie Green of their chance to build on a strong performance in qualifying.
The early conclusion to the race was particularly disappointing for Vincent Kolb. The Frankfurt-born driver had posted his fastest ever time around the Nordschleife, an 8:02.900, and was in high spirits going into the race. “It’s a real shame that the snow dashed our hopes of a top placing,” the young driver said. “In normal conditions I think we would have finished really well.”
Successful start to the GT4 season
Nicolaj Møller Madsen and Cédric Freiburghaus were in excellent form for the opening round of the GT4 European Series. The pair were able to convert their strong performance into a solid points haul, finishing fourth and third in the first two races of the season.
The opening weekend gave Møller Madsen and Freiburghaus some solid foundations with which to launch their title charge in 2019. “This series is really competitive,” the 24-year-old Freiburghaus said. “I have a great teammate in Nicolaj, who was particularly impressive in the rain. Our skills complement each other perfectly, as we demonstrated with our performance in Monza.” The pair are in second place in the championship with 27 points after two of twelve races in the 2019 season.
First step taken
Three other Phoenix Racing Juniors secured some important points in their first race of the season. Finlay Hutchison, Kim-Luis Schramm and Ivan Pareras finished 14th overall and 6th in the Silver Cup class in the first round of the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
“This is a result we can certainly build on,” said Team Principal Ernst Moser. “Conditions were really tough, but our three rookies belied their age to put in an impressive performance on their debut in the Endurance Cup. They improved consistently as the weekend progressed and were in excellent form both in the dry and in the wet.”