The “45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen” on 25 June was the next round of the
Nürburgring Endurance Series. For KTM customer team Teichmann Racing, it
was also the perfect chance to find back on the road to success. After
considerable setbacks during the 24-hour race some weeks earlier, the
team from Adenau brought two KTM X-BOW GTX to the finish.
“For us, this race first and foremost was an important test for our cars,” team manager Michael Teichmann said after the four-hour race. “After the damages in the 24-hour race, we had to rebuild the cars. During the test laps on Friday, the feedback from the drivers already was positive throughout.”
And the impression from the drivers proved to be right: with fast lap times, the crews of the two KTM X-BOW GTXs qualified right behind the more powerful GT3 machines. Thanks to a faultless opening stage and a strong pace, the crews with starting numbers 920 and 927 managed to work their way up into the top 10.
Alongside Stephan Brodmerkel and Constantin Schöll, the line-up of the #927 entry also included KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler. “I completed a double stint around the halfway point of the race. The car handled really well, and an intelligent strategy enabled us to stay in the top 10. However, we incurred trouble in the second half of the race, losing a lot of time as a result and therefore dropped back quite far,” the 37-year-old explained. “Nevertheless, I am really happy. The car has a good speed, and one really has to give the Teichmann team huge credit for having rebuilt the cars in a perfect way again.”
Equally promising, but eventually lacking the necessary bit of luck was the line-up of the sister car. As a result, hopes for a top result for Felix von der Laden, Yves Volte, Georg Griesemann and Maik Rönnefarth were blown due to a puncture. “We had a good start and worked our way up into the top 10. Unfortunately, the puncture cost us a lot of time that we couldn’t make up in the time that was left. Too bad as the result of today’s race doesn’t reflect our veritable performance,” Yves Volte commented.
Nevertheless, Michael Teichmann’s verdict is positive: “In qualifying, we managed to end up right behind the GT3 class and the speed in the race was very good, too. That is what we will build on in the next races because we know that we have a good package that enables us to be in contention for positions at the front.”
The next Nürburgring Endurance Series round takes place on 9 July with a duration of six hours.