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VLN4 2019

VLN4 2019

The VLN championship returned to the Nordschlife after the previous months where the N24 had taken over the circuit. After a very poor start to the year, the #34 Walkenhorst car was looking to kick start its championship after regrouping in the short break between the N24 & VLN4.

The #34 car would see a graduation within the team, as fellow Brit Jody Fannin, would follow a similar path to David where he would graduate from the Pro-AM #35 car to the #34 car.

The day would start well with David being assigned qualifying duties in the final 10mins of the 90min session, of which a clear lap would present itself and David would produce a pole position lap under the sub 8min lap barrier, the fastest qualifying lap of the year!

The start wouldn’t go completely to plan as the P2 Mercedes would get the jump on David going into T1 and David would slot into P2, bring the tyres in and ¼ of the way onto the Nordschlife, David was happy to push and bring the gap back down to the P1 Mercedes. On lap 2, David managed to use the traffic to his advantage and pass for the lead around the outside of Schwedenkreuz much to the delight of the commentators and race fans!

David would then be powerless to fight off the grunt of the #5 Phoenix Audi down the Dottingerhohe to not lead across the line, before fighting back around the outside again through the GP circuit to retake the lead. Again coming onto the Dottingerhohe, the BMW didn’t have the grunt to fend off the Audi and again lost the lead before the end of the lap. For the remainder of the stint, David would run with the #5 Audi and the charging #23 Mercedes after an encounter with Traffic dropped the car to 3rd.

Jody would then jump into the car, dropping the car a few places back before Christian jumped into the car and brought it back into podium contention, running as high as P2, before a delayed final pitstop dropped the #34 car back to 3rd with fastest lap by the chequered flag and Walkehorst’s first VLN podium of the year.

DPM