Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe – Race Report Round 3, Zandvoort
BLACK FALCON has defended the lead in the driver and team classification at the third race weekend of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at Zandvoort. Despite a strong performance by the team and the driver duo Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE), the team from Meuspath was denied a place on the podium. With the track drying out and the resulting extremely difficult conditions, Stolz and Engel qualified for grid positions four (Saturday) and three (Sunday). On the narrow Zandvoort circuit the drivers were unable to pass their rivals in either race, although they showed a great pace. Thus the BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 finished both races in 4th position.
VLN Endurance Championship - Preview Round 4
After the successful 24-hour race at the end of June, BLACK FALCON returns to the Nordschleife on Saturday (13th July) for the fourth round of the VLN Endurance Championship running six cars. The team from Meuspath will be racing a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the top class SP9, three Mercedes-AMG GT4, a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup MR II and a production Porsche 991 Carrera. The 50th Adenauer ADAC Circuit Trophy runs over the regular VLN race distance of four hours.
Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe – Preview Round 3, Zandvoort
The Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe holds the third round of the season at the Circuit Zandvoort on the Dutch North Sea coast this coming weekend (12 - 14 July). After finishing third and fourth at Misano two weeks ago, BLACK FALCON continues to lead the World Challenge Europe driver and team standings. At the race weekend in the dunes of Zandvoort BLACK FALCON competes with a Mercedes-AMG GT3. The car #4 will be driven by the reigning Blancpain Endurance Cup Champions Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE). The 4.320 km long Circuit Park Zandvoort is located directly on the coast and is known for its constantly changing weather and track conditions. In addition to this, the narrow circuit stands out through challenging passages and several blind corners.
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany – Race Report Round 4, Norisring
BLACK FALCON experienced a turbulent race weekend at the season highlight of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Norisring. David Kolkmann (DE) secured tenth place in the seventh race of the season on Saturday and sixth place on Sunday. Carlos Rivas (LUX) finished third twice in the amateur classification on the narrow city circuit, even though he was turned around by competitors in both races. Tim Zimmermann (DE) secured some championship points with a strong race to catch up on Sunday, although he was relegated to the penultimate position on the starting grid.
Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe – Race Report Round 2, Misano
BLACK FALCON achieved two top-5 results at the second Blancpain GT World Series Europe event in Misano. On Saturday the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Maro Engel (DE) and Luca Stolz (DE) crossed the finish line in third place. At the fourth race of the season on Sunday, the number 4 AMG finished fourth after a great race to catch up from eleventh on the grid. After the second of five race weekends BLACK FALCON leads the team ranking of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe. Engel and Stolz also claim the championship lead in the drivers' standings with these good results.
At the third race of the season on the 4.2 km long Misano World Circuit on Saturday evening, Stolz, who started from sixth position, started a race to catch up right from the start of the race. He completed a strong first stint and handed the car over to his team-mate Engel in third position adjusted for the pit-stops. The two leaders were already a few seconds ahead at this point, so Maro Engel brought the AMG home in third position.
On Sunday noon the race started with swapped reels: Maro Engel went into the race from position 11 and fought some intense battles in the dense midfield. With a perfectly timed pit stop directly after a safety car phase, the team made up several places. Luca Stolz returned to the track in fifth place and began a hunt to close the gap. After a lap-long fight for fourth position he finally found the right gap and then took to the front. He set the fastest lap of the race and reduced the gap to third place lap by lap, leaving only a few hundredths of a second short of fourth podium in the fourth race.
Quotes on the weekend
Sean Paul Breslin (Team Principal BLACK FALCON GT): "We experienced a mixed weekend with an improvable performance in qualifying and a strong performance in both races. The team worked very well and quickly found a suitable set-up on a circuit that was new for us. We're now focusing on the preparations for the 24h Spa and the sprint race at Zandvoort".
Maro Engel (driver #4): "We can be very satisfied with both races. The starting position in the second race was difficult, but we made the best of it and scored important points. It wasn't an easy weekend, so many thanks to Luca and the whole team for the hard work!
Luca Stolz (driver #4): "It was a good weekend for us throughout. We're very happy to have scored points again, so we're still championship leaders. We still have a little work to do to improve our performance in qualifying. Nevertheless, the team did a great job. We have to build on the performance now to be able to win some races in the future".