Francorchamps / Nürburgring / Deland / Sebring – Mühlner Motorsport and the American dependency Mühlner Motorsports America will be in action at two race tracks this weekend. Parallel to the test and set-up runs at the Nürburgring in preparation for the start of the NLS season, rounds 3 and 4 of the IMSA VPRC will be held at Sebring.
This year, Mühlner will start in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring with new driver constellations. Peter Terting returns to the team after a break of several years and will politic the Porsche GT3 Cup with start number 123 together with Marcel Hoppe, while Nick Salewsky and Michele di Martino want to enter the race for the championship this year together with Tobias Vazquez on start number 124.
After the organizer had completely canceled the test on Saturday already in the morning due to difficult weather conditions, team and drivers had to bite the bullet and hope for better weather for one day. On Sunday morning, the GP circuit and Nordschleife could be put into operation for the entire event day and thus the engines could be started.
All the drivers took the opportunity to familiarize themselves comprehensively with the track and the car, and even though temperatures were fresh but conditions were otherwise ideal, they were able to carry out their test program in the Eifel. The race car, which had been built over the winter on the basis of a new bodyshell, ran absolutely flawlessly, as expected and to the satisfaction of everyone involved.
In Sebring, meanwhile, Antonio Saravelle drove the Mühlner Duqueine D08 with the starting number 18 over the track of the historic racetrack in bright sunshine. Already in the first outing Saravelle got along well with the car equipped with H&R special springs and supported by HR Special Springs and later in qualifying he was able to place the LMP3 on grid position 3. Already at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning local time the 1st race of the IMSA VP Racing Fuel Championship was started. During the 45 minute sprint, Saravelle was always able to keep contact with the leaders and finished the race only a few tenths behind the winner in 3rd place.
In the next few days, Mühlner will prepare the cars for NLS1 and is already hoping for the weather, which is known to have often caused surprises at the Nürburgring.