Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe - Race Report Round 5, Hungaroring
BLACK FALCON has achieved two podium places in the season finale of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at the Hungaroring. Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE) took second place in the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the penultimate race of the championship on Saturday afternoon. The tenth and last race of the season on Sunday was finished by the BLACK FALCON AMG GT3 in third place and thus provided the closest of all possible championship decisions: Engel and Stolz scored exactly the same amount of points as the leaders, who eventually won the championship instead of the BLACK FALCON duo due to the number of race wins. However, Engel and Stolz regained the lead in the Blancpain GT Series overall championship at the Hungaroring, which will host its season finale at the end of September with a 3-hour race in Barcelona.
VLN Endurance Championship - Race Report Round 6
BLACK FALCON celebrated its third overall victory in a row at the sixth round of the VLN. Patrick Assenheimer (DE) and Manuel Metzger (DE) clinched the victory with the BLACK FALCON Team AutoArena Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 #6. In addition, BLACK FALCON celebrated two more class victories and another podium position. Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TR), Gabriele Piana (IT) and Miguel Toril (ES) won the SP8T class with the BLACK FALCON Team Knuffi Mercedes-AMG GT4 #152. Alexander Akimenkov (RU), Ronny Lethmate (DE), Vasilii Selivanov (RU) and double starter Piana won the V6 class with the BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR Porsche 991 Carrera #395.
Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe - Preview Event 5, Hungaroring / VLN Endurance Championship - Preview Round 6
For BLACK FALCON the first championship decision of the year is approaching. This weekend the GT3 team will compete at the Hungaroring near Budapest (HU) for the fifth and final race weekend of the Blancpain World Challenge Europe. In the team and driver standings BLACK FALCON and the driver duo Maro Engel (DE)/Luca Stolz (DE) are in second place with their #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a small gap to the leaders. With two good results on Saturday and Sunday, the team and drivers can secure the championship titles by their own efforts on a course known for its demanding and narrow layout. At the same time, the sixth round of the VLN Endurance Championship will take place this weekend at the Nürburgring, with seven BLACK FALCON cars competing. After two overall victories in a row for the BLACK FALCON Team AutoArena Motorsport Patrick Assenheimer (DE) returns in the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3. As in the VLN4 success, he shares the car with Manuel Metzger (DE), who does a double start and also drives the #57 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup MR II in the SP7 class. His teammates in the " TEXTAR-Breitbau " are Peter Ludwig (US) and "Takis" (CH). In the SP10 class Tobias Müller (DE), Tim Scheerbarth (DE) and Tristan Viidas (EE) will attack fully again after the virtual retirement at VLN 5. The driver trio of the #162 IDENTICA Mercedes-AMG GT4 has won three out of four VLN races so far and leads the championship classification in the SP10. In the sixth VLN race, a second IDENTICA AMG GT4 will be used for the first time, competing with starting number 770 as one of three AMG GT4 in the SP8T class. The brothers Dominik and Nicolas Clemm (both DE) share its wheel with the American Ace Robey. Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TR), Gabriele Piana (IT) and Miguel Toril (ES) take turns in the #152 AMG GT4. The sister car with start number 155 will be driven by Axel König (DE), Norbert Schneider (DE) and Christoph Hoffmann (DE). Both cars (152,155) start for the BLACK FALCON Team Knuffi and will compete - for the first time - as a double pack in the famous yellow-black Knuffi design. The squad is completed by the #395 Porsche 991 Carrera, which as usual will compete in the near-series V6 class for the BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR. This weekend the VLN regular pilots Alexander Akimenkov (RU), Ronny Lethmate (DE) and Vasilii Selivanov (RU) take up the fight for the class and classification group victory. The fast driver trio gets complemented by double starter Gabriele Piana at VLN6.
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Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe - Race Report Round 4, Nürburgring
At the penultimate weekend of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe season at the Nürburgring, BLACK FALCON experienced a mixed race weekend in front of the home crowd. The two one-hour races on the 5.137 km Grand Prix track started promising at first. However, a drive-through penalty cost the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 all hopes of a podium finish on Saturday. In Sunday's race Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE) crossed the finish line after a thrilling duel in fourth place overall.
Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe - Preview Round 4, Nürburgring
This weekend BLACK FALCON enters the final third of the Blancpain GT Series season with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the eighth race weekend of the year. The event at the Nürburgring is the fourth and penultimate race weekend of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe. As usual, Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE) will be racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with number 4 at the BLACK FALCON home race. The two GT pros will compete on the 5.137 km long version of the Nürburgring featuring the Grand Prix circuit with motorcycle chicane in a field of 28 GT3 vehicles with a high number and quality of entrants. Together with BLACK FALCON, they are currently leading the championship tables in the driver and team classification of the Sprint classification, as well as the driver classification of the overall championship including the Sprint and Endurance Cup. With two good results, the team could also take the lead in the team classification of the overall championship.