Toksport WRT drivers Luca Stolz and Maro Engel are on the podium in their second race at ADAC GT Masters. The duo was competitive all weekend long in practice and qualifying sessions in Mercedes AMG GT3. The hard work of the team and drivers brought the podium in the second race as a guest entrant to the series. Maro Engel said ” Second place today was certainly the maximum for us. We can live with that. I want to say a big “well done!” to everyone in the team. We’ve settled down well in the ADAC GT Masters. It’s not an easy series to join as guest entrants in the middle of the season, but they are very meticulous in their work and pay great attention to detail. These are very important qualities in such a highly competitive field. I hope things continue like this.”
Chris Ingram missed out the ERC1 Junior title just by 0.3 seconds in the last stage of Barum Rally. Ingram was targeting the ERC1 Junior Championship before the start of the rally and it was a very a close battle with Filip Mares. He was 0.6 seconds ahead of Mares before the last stage of the rally but he lost 0.9 seconds on the stage and lost the championship. Despite becoming second in the ERC1, Ingram is leading now the overall European Rally Championship with two events left. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz was 9th in ERC3 and 24th overall in their Peugeot 208 R2.
Toksport WRT driver Luca Stolz and Maro Engel did their debut race at Zandvoort for ADAC GT Masters and completed the race in P5. It was a promising start in the ADAC GT Masters at the weekend. Maro Engel and Luca Stolz were fourth in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 until shortly after the middle of Saturday’s race when they were forced to retire with a faulty steering pump seal. Engel and Stolz finished fifth in the second round. “That was a very good first showing in this high-class series,” said Engel. “It could have gone even better had we been luckier in qualifying and been able to start further up the grid.” Team-mate Luca Stolz feels very confident about the upcoming weekend at the Nürburgring: “Our aim now is to finish on the podium!”
Neil Simpson and his experienced co-driver Michael Gibson had to retire from ADAC Rallye Sulingen due to an engine failure in the last day of the rally. The British duo started their second rally in German Rally Championship with a top 5 finish target and they made very competitive times in the first day of the rally. Neil Simpson said he enjoys driving on tarmac even though some parts are slippery and tricky. It was unlucky for him to be out of competition with an engine failure.
Henning Solberg and his co-driver Ilka Minor became 5th in WRC Rally Finland. They have started the rally with the new Skoda Fabia R5 EVO. The new Skoda was expected to be very competitive in the fast stages of Rally Finland. A broken wheel at SS7 caused a very big-time loss for the duo and they have completed the first day 6th in WRC2. By the morning stages on Saturday, they started to improve their pace but a power steering issue made them slow down in SS13 nevertheless they were 5th in WRC2 when they have reached the service area. They have completed the 3-day long rally in P5 at WRC2 and got valuable points for the championship. The next rally of the duo will be WRC Rally Turkey.
Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock managed to finish 2nd in ERC1 Junior at this weekend’s Rally di Roma. End of leg 1 Chris and Ross were 6th overall and 2nd in ERC1 despite a brake issue in the first stages while Orhan Avcioglu was 7th in ERC3. By the end of second day, without any issues for both crew, Chris and Ross completed the rally P6 overall and P2 in ERC1 . They kept their hopes of winning the ERC1 Junior title for the following race at Barum Czech Rally. Orhan and Aras were P6 in ERC3 in their debut for Peugeot 208 R2 and received the first points of the season.
Chilean driver Emilio Fernandez completed Rally Estonia the candidate event for 2010 World Rally Championship in a Skoda Fabia R5 run by Toksport WRT. Emilio and his co-driver Axel Coronado aimed to gain more experience on gravel and they did their best to learn on the Estonian soil. They were 18th overall and P11 in RC2 by the end of the rally. The duo target to participate more gravel rallies in Europe to become more competitive for the future races.
Toksport WRT drivers made their 24h race debut in a Mercedes AMG GT3 at Portimao 24h race. Toksport WRT has competed in this tough race with 5 drivers and aimed to finish in a top 5 result. Before the start of the 24 hours long race, Hendrik Still made the 2nd time in A6-AM and 4th time overall in Qualifying. By this result, the team started the race in the second row.
After 12 hours in the race, the team was 7th overall and P4 in class. By the end of 24 hours, the race finished in P9 overall and P5 in class for Toksport WRT drivers. It was a massive experience and all drivers were happy to finish this tough race after 687 laps. The next race will be Barcelona 24 hours.
The driver line-up for the Portimao 24h race was :
Hendrik Still (SEMI-PRO), Joachim Bölting (AM), Wolfgang Triller (AM), Peter Terting (PRO), Nikolaj Rogivue (SEMI-PRO)
The fifth round of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland ended in a dispirited way for Berkay Besler at Norisring. The young Porsche driver struggled to find his rhythm in the qualifying and he completed the session in P13 for the first race and P15 for the second race. In the first race, he gained one position until the end of the race and he was P12 by the chequered flag. The second race started with drama for Berkay as he had a collision by the first laps and damaged his car by this impact. He also had a time drive-through penalty during the race and due to damages in his car, he had to retire from the weekend. This retirement cost him the leadership of Rookie class and he fell to third place in the championship. The next race of the series will be at Zandvoort Circuit Park.
Toksport WRT’s British driver Chris Ingram retired from FIA ERC Rally Poland. A puncture followed by the power steering problem caused him a lot of time and he finished the first day 5th in ERC1 Junior. The young British duo started the second day with all the problems fixed and made the best times in ERC1 Junior until they had an overheating problem due to a sand blockage in the radiator. They tried to clean the radiator and fill with water again but Chris had his hand burned of hot radiator water causing him to retire for the rest of the rally. Chris is still leading the ERC1 Junior thanks to his big gap and he will run for the title at Rally di Roma.