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VLN7 2019

VLN7 2019

After a frustrating run of results over the summer, David Pittard and the Walkenhorst team were itching to get back to the front of the grid at the Nordschlife and showcase the pace that the car has shown all year in the dry.

A new compound of Yokohama development wets and intermediates were in stock for the Walkenhorst team to use this weekend with the feedback that has been given over the past 2 race meetings to try and gain more pace vs the other tyre manufactures.

In testing the development was positive, and this also translated over to qualifying where Nicky Catsburg, returning for 1 more race with the team, qualified the car in P10 in wet conditions. A positive start to the day.

Jody would start the race on the new compound intermediate tyre, and initially the conditions were too wet for the inter tyre, but for the remainder of the stint, the tyre seemed to be working well and keeping the #34 in contention over the first part of the race. With other cars pitting early, the #34 car moved up the order, and as the track dried, it coincided perfectly with the switch to slicks for Catsburg who was one of the only cars to do so and lit up the timing screens purple on his outlap! Having made up the extra pitstop time Nicky was upto P2 on track and well in contention. However on lap 2 the Eifel weather threw another curveball by raining again meaning another pitstop for wets again. Nicky would then complete another stint on the wets again keeping the car in contention, before handing over at the end of his stint to David, to again be one of the earliest cars to switch for slicks again. Again the gamble paid off and allowed the #34 car to jump up the order and onto the podium at the end of the race!

“What a race. With the weather this morning, looking like we’d have another VLN5 or 6, however with the new wets we seem to have closed the performance gap to the Michelin runners. We are still not there yet, but a big step forward has been made, so a big thanks to Yokohama for their hard work. The race was up and down with the weather, but it worked out quite well with our strategy, meaning that by the final stint we slotted in nicely onto the final podium position. A good reward for the team after a tough summer!”

DPM