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Last weekend, BLACK FALCON returned to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for the 12h Nürburgring after a long summer break. At the season highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS), NLS6 and NLS7 were held as a "double-header" on Saturday and Sunday. The team from Meuspath put Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-AMG vehicles on the grid in the best weather conditions and secured three class victories and several podium finishes. In addition, BLACK FALCON Team BILSTEIN celebrated its debut in the Nürburgring Endurance Series with the BMW 330i and YouTube stars Jimmy Broadbent, Steve Brown and Misha Charoudin, drawing the enthusiasm of thousands of fans for endurance racing on the Nordschleife.
CUP2 class: Strong performance resulting in class victory and podium finishes
In the CUP2 class BLACK FALCON competed with two Porsche 992 GT3 Cup. In the #102 of BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA, Ben Bünnagel, Noah Nagelsdiek and Hendrik von Danwitz finished on the podium on both days. The trio remained faultless in both 6-hour races, battling their way up to third place from starting positions 7 and 11 respectively. The EAE-branded sister car, number 103, of Mustafa Mehmet Kaya, Christopher Mies and Mike Stursberg was leading on Saturday until a minor accident with radiator damage led to a repair stop. The car still arrived in the pits on its own, where the BLACK FALCON mechanics made the 992 Cup ready to race again within 50 minutes - that was still enough for sixth place in the CUP2-AM. The following day, the race went much better without any incidents. Kaya, Mies and Stursberg drove to a superior third victory of the season for the BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR in the CUP2-AM class.
VT2 class: A memorable debut for the BILSTEIN BMW 330i
YouTube stars Jimmy Broadbent, Steve Brown and Misha Charoudin are unlikely to forget their first NLS appearance together in the BILSTEIN BMW 330i (#503) any time soon. After an intensive preparation programme including test days, Permit B course and two RCN races, the blue and yellow production car started the first NLS qualifying session on Saturday. In the Flugplatz section, the BMW crashed at high speed and was severely damaged. A feat of strength by the BLACK FALCON mechanics repaired the car during Saturday's fortunately longer break between practice and the race, just in time for the race start. But already in turn four after the start, the shaken BMW was used as a bumper, when several competitors drove into each other's cars on the inside. After a short repair, in which the right side of the vehicle had to be worked on with heavy equipment, the BMW drove until the evening hours without problems. Shortly before the end of the race, the car then had to be parked after renewed contact with a broken tie rod. On Sunday, the trio remained faultless and were on course for a podium finish before consequential damage from Saturday morning's accident forced a reduction in pace. Broadbent, Brown and Charoudin crossed the finish line in the end in an excellent fifth place in the VT2 class.
SP8T class: Mercedes-AMG GT4 makes a strong return
For the first time since 2021 at the 12h Nürburgring BLACK FALCON entered a Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#140) again. The car of Florian and Tobias Wahl as well as Reinhold Renger started in the SP8T class with more engine power than in the SRO-GT4 class SP10. The trio drove two strong races. On Saturday, the AMG achieved 23rd overall position as well as 1st place in class. On Sunday, the trio was on track to finish in the top-15 before a major puncture cost them a lot of time - the end result was 21st overall and another class win.
Class CUP3: Top-5 and Permit-A for BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR
Axel Sartingen and Daniel Schwerfeld competed in the Porsche Cayman GT4 CS in the CUP3-AM on Saturday. The experienced drivers drove a faultless race and delivered duels worth seeing in the highly competitive class. Despite the high temperatures, the pair tackled the race in pairs and were behind the wheel for three hours each. After six hours of driving, they secured a good result with 5th place. In the sister car with the #931, Daniele di Amato, Matt Kehoe and Tom Roberts competed with reduced power in Permit-B specification. The trio took part in both races with the clear objective of driving through without any problems and collecting two results towards obtaining the Nordschleife Permit-A. After a total of 12 hours of racing, they recorded two first-place finishes in the CUP3-B class, and Kehoe and Roberts also celebrated their third Permit B race, earning the Nordschleife Permit A.
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