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Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

Over 140 vehicles – together with 28 within the SP9 class for GT3s – have been entered for the four-hour race on the Nordschleife, however the occasion was deserted as a result of heavy snow that descended on the Eifel area previous to qualifying on Saturday morning.

Alfa Romeo Components 1 reserve Kubica, who will race within the European Le Mans Sequence LMP2 class this 12 months for WRT, was aiming to realize his first expertise of racing on the Nordschleife in a PROsport Racing Porsche Cayman within the VT3 class. However the Pole now has solely the 2 NLS rounds on four April and 1 Could and the normal qualifying race on 9 Could to get the required licenses for the 24 Hours on Three-6 June.

To earn the DMSB Allow Nordschleife grade A wanted to enter the 24 Hours, drivers should end two NLS races throughout the high 75% of their respective class and full a minimal of 18 laps throughout the 2 races.

In the identical boat as Kubica is Indianapolis 500 common Pippa Mann, the Briton as a result of make her Nordschleife bow in a VT2 class Sorg Rennsport BMW 330i with a view to gaining an A license to race an SP8 class Audi R8 GT4 for the Women Solely Giti Tire staff within the 24 Hours.

“I used to be thrilled to get my first laps on the Nordschleife on Friday, and I used to be gutted that the race was cancelled the subsequent day,” Mann advised Autosport/Motorsport.com.

“With the Allow guidelines, it makes issues more durable for my staff, WS Racing – we had hoped that after this weekend I’d solely want to finish another race earlier than I may begin to drive within the Giti Tire Women Solely Audi GT4, however now we nonetheless have two races for me to finish first.

“That stated I can’t wait to get again in a few weeks, and at last get that first race carried out, and I’m actually trying ahead to the 24-hour race this summer time.”

#44 BMW Junior Team BMW M6 GT3: Daniel Harper, Max Hesse, Neil Verhagen, Augusto Farfus

#44 BMW Junior Group BMW M6 GT3: Daniel Harper, Max Hesse, Neil Verhagen, Augusto Farfus

Picture by: Michele Scudiero

In the meantime, fellow Britons Dan Harper and Ben Tuck have been denied their first expertise of racing within the SP9 class in BMW M6 GT3s after spending 2020 in decrease courses.

Harper, the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion, was as a result of share a Group RMG entry with works ace Augusto Farfus and fellow BMW juniors Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen.

Regardless of the frustration of lacking the race, he felt invaluable classes have been discovered in testing.

“Friday was solely our second correct take a look at day within the automobile, and our first on the Nordschleife, so it was a steep studying curve,” he defined.

“The front-running GT3 drivers have a lot expertise across the observe, so we all know it’s going to take some time to construct as much as their tempo, however all of us confirmed good pace on Friday so we’re assured we’re ranging from a robust place to construct on within the subsequent couple of rounds.

“Having Augusto with us is a large assist, as he’s very skilled with the automobile and the observe, so the proper individual to be taught from.”

DTM Trophy race winner Tuck, who was teamed up with reigning NLS champion David Pittard at Walkenhorst Motorsport, added: “It’s a disgrace, however we’re used to this type of climate at Nurburgring.

“We obtained some nice testing in on Friday and I’m trying ahead to the subsequent race.”

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