At the fourth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series season, PROsport Racing drove the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to a podium result for the first time.
With the 46th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen the Nürburgring Endurance Series came back from the break around the 24-hour race. Behind PROsport Racing lies a successful race, which ended with two podium finishes.
At the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Maxime Dumarey and Mike David Ortmann took turns. Already in qualifying, Ortmann, the ADAC GT4 Germany champion, made the potential on race day stand out and drove to the third starting position. With a lap time of 7:57.813 minutes Ortmann drove the first lap time with the car under 8 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Already in the starting phase, the 23-year-old Ortmann secured the lead with the British GT3 car. During the first stint the PROsport Racing car led the race and also during the further stints the British race car was in the top group. Finally, Maxime Dumarey saw the chequered flag in third position after four hours of racing. Thus PROsport Racing celebrates the first podium result with the Vantage GT3 in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The two drivers also took a superior class win in the SP9 Pro-Am class.
“Yesterday we were still talking about whether we would manage to set a lap time under eight minutes and maybe finish in the top five. Today we are on the podium and with a 7:58.408 minutes in the race we also achieved the second goal. It doesn’t get any better than that,” said an overjoyed Maxime Dumarey after the race.
In the Cup2 class, the team from Wiesemscheid fielded a 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the first time. Veteran Jörg Viebahn and Simon Balcaen from Belgium drove the bolide. After the car was flipped by a more powerful GT2 car in the course of the race, the team collected important race kilometers with the team’s new vehicle. Viebahn and Balcaen ultimately finished third in the Am class standings.
Célia Martin and Guido Dumarey piloted the GT4 Aston Martin in the SP10 class. With a flawless performance, the two drove to fourth place in the strongly occupied class – it is the best season result of the car with the starting number #176 in the course of the season so far.
“After around 1 ½ years of development, we were finally able to show the true potential of our Aston Martin Vantage GT3 on the Nordschleife!” said team boss Christoph Esser after the race. “I am proud of the entire team for the performance shown. This makes me confident for the upcoming races on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In addition, I would like to give a special mention to Célia Martin, who showed a really strong performance in GT4. This will certainly give her a boost for the ADAC GT4 Germany at Zandvoort.”
The next race for the team is already this weekend at the ADAC GT4 Germany in Zandvoort. After the successful roll out during the Friday tests of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the team will field four Aston Martin Vantage GT4s on the Dutch North Sea coast.