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ADAC GT Masters 2012 Round 4 - Nürburgring
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: ADAC GT Masters 2012 Round 4 - Nürburgring Reply with quote

Press Release from ALPINA:

Motorsport festival at the Nürburgring: A crowd of more than 200,000 spectators, a grid of 40 sports cars including a pair of BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 and 1,500 horsepower strong race trucks of the European Truck Racing Championship will provide a motorsport festival at this weekend’s Truck-Grand-Prix (13th to 15th July) at the Nürburgring. At the legendary German track, ALPINA enters it’s BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 at the fourth round of the ADAC GT Masters, which will share the track with the ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix, one of Germany’s biggest motorsport events. In the two races at the Nürburgring, defending champion Dino Lunardi (F) and Maxime Martin (B) have to get a good point haul, to stay in contention to the championship leaders.

The BMW ALPINA B6 GT3, the championship-winning car of the 2011 season, was among the fastest cars in the first six races of the 2012 ADAC GT Masters season. In all previous races, Lunardi / Martin fought for the podium, but had bad luck recently and didn’t score points at the most recent round at the Sachsenring after two punctures.

The Nürburgring will make a point haul for ALPINA not easy. ALPINA scored already victories on the long Grand-Prix-Track version of the “Ring” with the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 in the past due to the cars excellent aerodynamics and powerful engine. But this weekend, the short „sprint course“ will be used, which is much different from the long track due to the lack of fast and flowing corners. In it’s only former outing at the short track so far during the 2011 season, ALPINA didn’t manage to score points on the shortest track of the ADAC GT Masters season, as the BMW ALPINA couldn’t play its advantages there.

Furthermore, ALPINA has to start with an additional handicap. Although the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 didn’t score any points in the three previous races, the organisers increased the weight of the B6 GT3 by 30 kg. Since the previous event at the Sachsenring, the BMW ALPINA drivers have also to cope with reduced power as the diameter of the air restrictor was reduced by 14%.

ALPINA´s Andreas Bovensiepen expects a difficult weekend. “The track is clearly the most difficult for us all season and with the burden of increased weight and reduced power, we may be lucky, if we manage to get into the points ranks.”

`The primary goal at the Nürburgring for us is to avoid mistakes and finish both races in the top-ten,` Maxime Martin says. `After the experience, ALPINA made last season at the sprint track of the Nürburgring, it will be a be a hard weekend for us. We need to score some points because otherwise, the second half of the season will be very difficult in terms of the championship.”

A second BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 is entered at the Nürburgring round by ALPINA customer team LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler for Florian Spengler and Johannes Leidinger.

The two races from the Nürburgring are broadcasted live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by kabel eins Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 hours. The pan-European motorsport channel with show both rounds of the ADAC GT Masters from the Sachsenring on Juli 18th at 21:00 hours with several repetitions the following days.


Remember you can track ALPINAs progress in the 2012 ADAC GT Masters here:

http://www.thealpinaregister.com/racing/2012/adac

And for us Brits you can catch the races on MotorsTV any of these times:

Wed. 18.07 21:15
ADAC GT MASTERS RD 4 : NÜRBURGRING
Thu. 19.07 4:55
ADAC GT MASTERS RD 4 : NÜRBURGRING
Thu. 19.07 14:45
ADAC GT MASTERS RD 4 : NÜRBURGRING
Sat. 21.07 7:50
ADAC GT MASTERS RD 4 : NÜRBURGRING
Mon. 23.07 2:25
ADAC GT MASTERS RD 4 : NÜRBURGRING

Fingers crossed no punctures !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had the live results in the background today.

ALPINA not done too badly so far

2nd in first free practice
2nd in second free practice

7th in first qualifying
3rd in second qualifying

Less impressive for car 2 (Liqui Mobile ALPINA)

35th, 38th, 19th and 26th respectively
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As always

Keep up to date with the season here:

http://www.thealpinaregister.com/racing/2012/adac
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good this weekend. Finger cross.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After starting in 7th I can happily report that ALPINA just finished the race in 2nd - just behind a wining audi (car 40)

Car 2 seemed to do well earlier on but finished in 23rd (1 min 39 secs behind the leader)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And only inches in front of a 911 in 3rd. Close race
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good result! Congratuation! A podium finish.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quotes from the drivers

Maxime Martin (#1 ALPINA BMW ALPINA B6 GT3), second: "Our race was not too bad, but over the last four or five laps, the wet tyres made it very difficult. Still, we're very pleased with second place; these are useful points towards the championship."

Dino Lunardi (#1 ALPINA BMW ALPINA B6 GT3), second: "There was a lot of water on the track at the start and the tyre pressure on our car wasn't the best. It became easier with each lap, though, and I was able to go on the offensive. In the last ten minutes of my stint, the changing conditions again hindered progress. However, the main thing is that we are up at the front once again."
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few photos










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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice win in today's race for Martin and Lunardi although having been punished with more weight and air mass restriction. Were nearly 10 seconds ahead and let it drop to 2 secs over the last half round to keep further penalties at bay. Also taken overall lead now
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way hey just checked the site and very happy - they always seem to do well at nurburgring Smile

Excellent result
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any videos of the race?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great result! Well done guys! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philrose wrote:
Any videos of the race?


It's on motors tv a few times this week - not sure if you have access ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

neil wrote:
Philrose wrote:
Any videos of the race?


It's on motors tv a few times this week - not sure if you have access ?


No - dont have that channel Crying or Very sad
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