At the eighth VLN race of 2016, the FALKEN Porsche, driven by myself and Martin Ragginger finished in third place, taking the team's second podium of the year.
In terms of tyre development, this was a continuation of the work we started in our last race, VLN 6. Our tyre engineers from Japan brought some new compound and construction FALKEN tyres, which proved successful in taking us another step towards the pace of the front-running cars.
In qualifying, Raggi set a lap record for our car around the Nordschleife - an 8:02. This put us 7th on the grid. Together with great team work and pitstops, we climbed up the ranking during the race with both Raggi and I driving twice each. I had fantastic battles in my first stint, especially with our the Frikadelle Porsche, the Phoenix Racing Audi and the Lexus Prototype. In each case, we came out on top.
That was my last race of the year for FALKEN Motorsport and a happy way to end the season. Our car's final outing will be at VLN 9 with Wolf Henzler and Alex Imperatori at the wheel.