After Division 1 finishing it’s first test race on Saturday last week, it was time for Division 2
to get on the tarmac of the holy Nordschleife.
Dima Bugaev took overall pole in the Porsche 911 Cup car with an outstanding 8:10.843, leaving Tim Koch 1.254 seconds behind.
Pole sitter in the DTM 92’/Touring Classics-class was Gianni Nicosia, who split up the Porsche Cup field with driving his Audi on P4(!) in
The M235i class was topped by John Dalton with Georg Ortner and Jaroslav
„Jardier“ Honzik on his tail.
The lights went out and we were able to see some very close racing as Tim Koch
managed to pass Bugaev into the first corner, leading the field on to the Nordschleife. 5 minutes later it was green for the DTM 92’/Touring Classics and Gianni Nicosia lost the lead in Turn 1 to Dennis Härz in the BMW M3.
60 seconds later the M235i were allowed to rev the engines up and John Dalton led the package into T1, whilst Honzik got hit from behind, which moved him back a few places.
With 1:15 hrs on the clock, Dima Bugaev was able to pass Koch and extended his lead directly to a gap of 3 seconds. Nobody was able to match the pace of Dima, as he was gaining more and more time on P2.
The same picture was produced in our second-fastest class with Gianni Nicosia litterally flying over the Green Hell after he got past Härz in the early stages of the race.
His laptimes were the 4th-fastest overall, quicker than some of the 911 Cup cars. While the other classes started to build bigger gaps between their cars, it were the M235i cars, which delivered front to rear racing with Georg Ortner increasing pressure on John Dalton. In the meantime Honzik recovered from his lap one-crash catching up to the leaders.
At this point it’s important to mention, how fair the lappings proceeded. As the Cup and Touring cars flew past the M235is, we had no major incidents causing any trouble on the track.
10 minutes to go – Bugaev as overall leader with 52 seconds to the car behind him. Nicosia drove a race without any mistakes and managed to extend his gap up to 1,5 minutes. The race seemed over in the both top classes, but not in M235i.
Ortner was biting the tail of Dalton, as suddenly Honzik showed up in the mirror of the both leaders. 3 cars within a second were flying down Döttinger Höhe as Ortner finally made his pass on Dalton in Pflanzgarten. Honzik took advantage of that and passed the Brit too.
After one and a half hours it was unsurprisingly Dima Bugaev in the 911 Cup, who crossed the finished line in P1. With Nicosia taking the chequered as the winner in the ’92 class, the fire in M235i was still burning. Honzik and Ortner swapped the positions for the lead several times on the last lap and Jaroslav led them into the Döttinger Höhe for the final battle.
Ortner took advantage of the slipstream and went sideways completing his
manouver with a later-braker into Hohenrain which resulted in a win for him in M235i.