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BLACK FALCON successful at the ADAC 24h Qualifiers

BLACK FALCON Porsche 992 GT3 Cup

With the two four-hour races of the ADAC 24h Qualifiers, last weekend offered a first foretaste of the Nürburgring 24h race. For BLACK FALCON, this meant three class victories as well as a few scary seconds. Things went extremely well for the team on Saturday - class victories in both CUP2 classifications, perfect weather and successfully completed permit hurdles created a great atmosphere within the team. The second day of the race proved to be much more turbulent, but thanks to a strong team performance, BLACK FALCON was also able to clinch a class victory on Sunday and bring five of the six cars on the grid home in good positions.
Results overview:
   Race 1    
   Race 2
#103 Porsche GT3 CUP     
CUP2 AM   
#104 Porsche GT3 CUP   
#148 Porsche GT3 CUP     
#150 BMW M4 GT4   
#166 BMW M4 GT4   
BLACK FALCON Team 48 Losch with second class victory 
The driver trio of Steve Jans, Tobias Müller and Noah Nagelsdiek once again proved their skills behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #148 and finished both qualifying races on the podium. Starting from second position in the class, the three drove a flawless race and ultimately took the lead in the Cup 2 class of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring (PETN) in a furious final stint.  Following their victory in the NLS the previous weekend, they celebrated their second class win of the current season. 

Sunday also got off to a promising start. After the first pole position for the #148 in qualifying, starting driver Jans was consistently in the leading group before he was involved in a pile-up on lap five in the "Karussell" section through no fault of his own. Despite losing time and extensive damage to the car, Jans was able to save the badly damaged car for the first stint. During the regular refuelling stop on the eighth lap, the BLACK FALCON team managed to make a makeshift repair to the #148 without losing any more time. With maximum effort, Nagelsdiek and Müller fought their way back to the front. In the end, the team was delighted with third place in class and the lead in the PETN standings at the halfway point of the season.

Team BILSTEIN by BLACK FALCON shows fighting spirit  
With Jimmy Broadbent, Steve Brown, Misha Charoudin and Manuel Metzger at the wheel of the BMW GT4 #150, the BILSTEIN by BLACK FALCON team had to overcome numerous challenges at the 24h Qualifiers. 
On Saturday, the team secured pole position in qualifying and started the race with Manuel Metzger. With a fighting performance, the four were able to finish second against strong competition in the SP8T class. 
Qualifying also went smoothly on Sunday and the M4 started the second qualifying race from second place in class. On the very first lap, a puncture forced starter driver Brown into the pits for repairs. Despite another top performance from all drivers, the team had to be satisfied with fourth place in the end due to the loss of time.

EAE-Porsche dominates the AM podium 
For Mehmet Kaya, Gabriele Piana and Mike Stursberg, however, the entire weekend went perfectly. The trio put the #103 Porsche GT3 Cup in first place in the AM classification in the Cup 2 class in both qualifying sessions, had no incidents or collisions in the races and won both races with aplomb. After a spotless qualifying weekend, the team is in second place overall in the Cup 2 AM classification of the PETN at the halfway point of the season.

#166 fast, but without racing luck 
For the first time this season, the BMW M4 GT4 #166 competed in the SP10 class of GT4 cars. Drivers Ryan Harrison and Will Wachs switched from the BLACK FALCON BMW 330i to the M4, while for racing pro Mike Skeen and US seasoned driver Alex Vasilescu it was their Nürburgring debut with the BLACK FALCON team. The four Americans proved to be a perfect match and showed impressive fighting spirit in both races.  
The team got off to a very good start on Saturday and performed consistently in the midfield of the class, finishing sixth in the end.  
The four promptly translated the experience gained on the first day into first place in the class in qualifying on Sunday. The #166 also held the upper hand in the race for a long time before a collision and subsequent repair break set the team back by more than 30 minutes. Although a podium in the class would have been possible, the loss of time ultimately meant seventh place in the SP10.

#931 lives up to all expectations 
The primary goal of the driver duo Morris Schuring and Mark Smith was to complete the laps required for Permit A without making any mistakes at the wheel of the Porsche Cayman GT4 #931, which has been throttled back to around 300 hp. At the Nürburgring, all new drivers have to overcome this hurdle before they are allowed to drive more powerful vehicles on the difficult traditional circuit. No sooner said than done - both drivers drove a flawless race and thus punched their ticket for unbridled driving fun on Sunday.  
In Sunday's race, the Cayman #931 - now with full power - was once again driven by Mark Smith with support from Daniele di Amato. For Di Amato, it was the first Nürburgring race of the season and the final preparation for the 24-hour race in seven weeks' time. With a flawless performance, the duo immediately secured fourth place in the highly competitive CUP3 class of the PETN.

Abrupt end for the #104 
With his brand new Permit A, Morris Schuring started on Sunday in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with starting number 104. For Porsche Supercup race winner Schuring, it was all about preparing for the 24-hour race in the BLACK FALCON Team 48 Losch, while his team-mate Alex Vasilescu made a guest start to get a first impression of the 911 Cup car. After a good qualifying session, however, Schuring's drive came to an end on the fifth lap in the Carousel section of the circuit when several cars slid off a cooling water lane at the same time and touched the barriers. Fortunately, all the drivers involved were uninjured, but the #104 was too badly damaged to resume the race. 

Managing Director Alexander Böhm expressed his satisfaction:  
After just two weekends, we have already completed half of the eight races, the halfway point of the season has never been reached so early. It was an exciting and turbulent weekend for BLACK FALCON. It's always difficult to achieve 100% with six cars in the field. Nevertheless, my conclusion is very positive: we are leading in the PETN and have once again clinched three class victories. The BMW M4s didn't have much racing luck this time, but with the experience we gained this weekend, we are well prepared for the 24-hour race. The drivers and team did an outstanding job, the fans and guests got to see some great sport. All in all, it was a perfect weekend and we are already looking forward to the 24-hour race at the end of May!


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