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BLACK FALCON celebrated a brilliant debut in the new Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring (PETN) at the season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) with three Porsche 992 GT3 Cup cars and achieved second place in the PRO classification as well as a double victory in the PRO-AM classification in the two-division CUP2 class (Porsche 992 GT3 Cup one-make cup). In addition, the team from Meuspath celebrated class victory in the SP10 class (GT4 vehicles) at the Nordschleife premiere of the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport.
BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA takes second place in the PRO classification of PETN
BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA experienced a rollercoaster of emotions at the NLS season opener. In the qualifying session in the morning, Paul Harkema and Tobias Müller set the second fastest time in the extremely competitive CUP2 class with their Porsche 992 GT3 Cup. In the race, the IDENTICA Porsche continued its strong performance and collected the first leading kilometres of the season in the opening stint. During the first pit stop phase, the team lost more than half a minute due to an unfortunate code 60 and from then on had to take more risks in the fight for the day's victory. A contact shortly afterwards forced the #102 to make a repair stop, which dropped Harkema and Müller back to eighth position. Afterwards, the team set off a real firework and finished the race in second place after 28 laps and a great race to catch up.
Double victory for BLACK FALCON in the Pro-Am classification of the CUP2 class
In the Pro-Am classification of the PETN CUP2 class, BLACK FALCON was unbeatable at the NLS season opener. The #104 Porsche 992 GT3 Cup of Mustafa Mehmet Kaya, Gabriele Piana and Mike Stursberg secured the first pole position of the year in the CUP2 class with a near perfect lap in qualifying. In the race, the EAE and FUCHS-branded 992 Cup set another exclamation mark and achieved the fastest race lap in the class. Noah Nagelsdiek, Peter Ludwig and Maik Rosenberg took turns in the cockpit of the sister car with start number 103. The trio completed a flawless race and led the Pro-Am classification of the CUP2 class for a long time. On the last lap at the Döttinger Höhe, it came down to a showdown for the day's victory. The two BLACK FALCON 992 GT3 Cup cars engaged in a slipstream duel, which the #104 of Kaya, Piana and Stursberg won by six tenths of a second.
Class win for BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR at GT4 RS premiere
The brand new Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport celebrated a perfect premiere in the hands of Carsten Palluth, Marco Müller and Tobias Wahl. The trio started the race from third on the grid in the SP10 class and remained completely flawless over the course of the four-hour race distance. Thanks to consistently fast lap times, the #161 worked its way forward lap by lap and took the lead in class in the final hour of the race. The team steadily extended its lead until crossing the finish line and finally finished the race as class winners.
Timo Frings, Head of Motorsport BLACK FALCON:
"A very eventful weekend for us. With our spearhead, the IDENTICA Porsche, we missed out on the day's victory on the one hand, but on the other hand we pulled off an incredible recovery and now we know that we can win in this very strong class on our own merits. Of course we are very happy about the double victory in the Pro-Am classification, a perfect start to the season! I'm particularly pleased that both cars fought for victory right to the end and that both driver pairings are capable of winning. The season opener was crowned by the class win in the strong SP10. We didn't expect this beforehand and are very proud of our strong performance. Many thanks to the entire team, our drivers and partners for the successful start to the season! Not to forget the return of the fans to the track. After two years with few or no spectators at the Nordschleife, the fans immediately provided the great atmosphere again that we had missed so much before. We are already looking forward to the second race of the season in a fortnight!
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