The "Green Hell" lived up to its name plunging from bright sunshine at the start to race-stopping severe rain and hail storms within 50 minutes. As a large part of the track was impassable thanks to a covering of ice, there was a forced break of three hours. After flying restart, which saw the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R positioned a third of the way down the field, Peter drove a defiant and hugely successful stint to make up more than 25 positions, the car excelling on the still wet track with good lap times.
The night passed without incident for the FALKEN team, and by the halfway point of the race, it held a top 20 place for the first time. It was Peter, who this year raced his 13th Nürburgring 24 Hour race and his 10th with FALKEN motorsport, who brought the car over the finishing line.
"We are more than satisfied with our race result," says Markus Bögner, Managing Director at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. "Also this time were able to show that our tires can take on the most adverse weather conditions. Many thanks at this point to our partner Schnabl Engineering, who yet again demonstrated its skill when it comes to running Porsches.
The FALKEN Porsche was one of 11 cars that was equipped with a transmission system for the Vodafone Live Stream of the race. For the 2016 race highlights, including some of the in-car footage of Peter's no. 44 car, follow this link https://www.facebook.com/nuerburgring/videos/10157094913430454/.
Peter will be back at the Ring for two further VLN races in 2016.