Vincent Kolb, Frank Stippler and Phoenix Racing – a combination that paid off yet again in the season’s fourth race. Youngster driver and stalwart were in on the act once more with the VLN frontrunners, delivering determined manouevres and displaying enormous fighting spirit. The duo achieved a fourth-place finish in the 49th Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken- Trophy.
Even if it wasn’t quite a podium finish this time, one thing is for sure after this fourth round of the season: Vincent Kolb’s learning curve in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 is on a steep upwards trend. After having proved his consistency with a second place a few weeks ago, the Phoenix Racing junior underlined his duelling skills during his latest appearance.
“I really enjoyed the race”, says Vincent Kolb, looking back. “I’ve learnt a lot again – especially in the melee. There was a lot of traffic during my stint and I had to hold my own against fierce competition. Not an easy thing to do.”
In particular, the three-car battle between Patrick Assenheimer (Mercedes), Steve Jans (Porsche) and our ambitious Phoenix Racing junior was greeted with great enthusiasm by the numerous trackside fans. The tough fight for fourth continued over several laps.
Steep learning curve
“Today’s race has proved that Vincent is a well-deserved member of the Phoenix Racing Junior Programme”, said team boss Ernst Moser. “Although it was only his second race in a GT3 car, he made a very experienced impression and he kept his cool in tricky situations.
Despite all the praise our fast youngster has earned, we certainly don’t want to forget our stalwart Frank Stippler’s performance. The Audi works driver was just as competitive and made a big impression with a large number of passes. “Stippi” put the icing on the cake in the last lap, when he boldly ploughed past the Frikadelli-Porsche.”
In addition to the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, this weekend focused on preparation. Philip Ellis, Oscar Tunjo and Max Hofer used the Friday to absolve test laps on the Nürburgring’s short loop. The test served as a warm-up for the next two ADAC GT Masters races in the Eifel on 3rd – 5th August.
“Clean” performance by Max Hofer
Max Hofer made the best impression for an unusual reason: after his test drive on the circuit, the Viennese swapped his racing gloves and overall for a mop and bucket. To Lounge Manager Petra Tille and her crew’s great delight, he helped to get the lounge ready for the race day’s guests.
Meanwhile, this weekend’s ‘best fighter’ title goes to Nicolaj Møller Madsen. Our title contender in the GT4 European Series took part in the Duathlon world championship in Denmark – a 9,5 kilometres run, 34 kilometres on a bike and another 5,5 kilometres run. The Dane was successful and finished 127th in a field of more than 300 professional sportsmen! Congratulations!