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At the season finale of the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (NLS), BLACK FALCON successfully ended the season with a strong team result. The team from Meuspath entered no less than seven cars and won both the CUP2 and CUP2-AM classes with their Porsche 992 GT3 Cups. In the SP8T, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 won for the third time this year.
CUP2 class: BLACK FALCON celebrates double class victory
In the CUP2 class of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring (PETN), Ben Bünnagel, Noah Nagelsdiek and Gabriele Piana celebrated class victory after an exciting race. A strong performance by all drivers put the BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA Porsche 992 GT3 Cup (#102) in position to take the class lead one hour before the end of the race. After an impressive overtaking move, the #102 pulled away from its competitors and crossed the finish line as the winner after 29 laps of racing. For Bünnagel, Nagelsdiek and Piana, the victory at NLS9 is their first class win in the CUP2 class respectively.
Their teammates Mustafa Mehmet Kaya and Mike Stursberg competed together with double starter Piana in the CUP2-AM classification. As in the previous races, the trio was unbeatable. A flawless performance, complemented by the fastest race lap, once again led Kaya, Piana and Stursberg to victory on the day. The #103, which competes under the banner of BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR, has won five of six races run this season.
SP8T: Third class victory in fourth race
In the Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#142), Florian Wahl and Reinhold Renger competed in the SP8T class for the fourth time this season. Following their double victory at the NLS 12h weekend a month ago, Wahl and Renger secured their third win in the fourth race with a flawless performance. At the season finale, they also scored pole position and the fastest race lap in SP8T - the best possible result to close the season.
VT2: BLACK FALCON Team BILSTEIN puts in another strong performance
At the fourth NLS appearance, YouTube stars Jimmy Broadbent, Steve Brown and Misha Charoudin once again battled for podium positions in the strongly contested VT2 class with the BMW 330i (#503). The BLACK FALCON Team BILSTEIN drivers qualified for grid position 5. In the first stint, starting driver Broadbent put on a hell of a show and temporarily took the lead. At the end of a trouble-free race, the BMW crossed the finish line in a strong fourth place.
CUP3: Unlucky season finale for the Porsche Cayman GT4 CSs
In the CUP3 class, BLACK FALCON entered three Porsche Cayman GT4 CS cars. The spearhead was the yellow TEXTAR Cayman (#931) in the AM classification. Cabell Fisher, Didier Glorieux and Axel Sartingen drove a strong race. However, an accident in the Fuchsröhre area, which was not their fault, meant the premature end of the race a few laps before the end. The sister car with the #932, running in throttled "B-spec" and driven by Matt Kehoe, Daniele di Amato and Mark Smith, likewise ran out of luck in the season finale. The Cayman had to be parked after an accident in the Wehrseifen area after about one hour. The third Cayman GT4 in the bunch, the #980 car, was driven by double starters Kehoe and Smith as well as Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and Porsche Supercup shooting star Morris Schuring. The #980 also started in Permit B specification. Kehoe, Schuring and Smith drove a flawless race and secured a good result on their way to Permit A with the finish.
Alexander Böhm, Team Principal and Managing Director of BLACK FALCON:
"We can be more than satisfied with this season finale," said team boss Alexander Böhm after the race. " Having seven cars at the start, the demand for driver places was as high as last before Corona and the three class wins were a real highlight for us at the season finale. I thank all our employees for the great team performance and all drivers and team partners for the successful cooperation in the 2023 season!"
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