Start for Division 2, Race 2!

Green light for the 2nd race of Division 2. The high-performance class of the Cup Porsche, the DTM 92 and the M235i Cup are once again in attendance.

The qualifying showed already, which driver in the individual classes set the pace. Tim Koch reached the overall pole (8: 12.555) followed by Radek Pawlaczek (+03.322) and Christoph Duerselen (+06.028) in 3rd position.
As in the previous race, Gianni Nicosia showed again that he is the fastest in the DTM92 class. He not only reached the pole position, but he also separated the Porsche Cup class into two parts. The 2nd and 3rd positions were taken by Leon Harhoff and Benjamin de Groot.
The class of the M235i was led by Benedikt Kürsch, behind him Georg Ortner positioned on the 2nd position and Richard Schäfer on the 3rd position.

One minute after qualifying, the race started for the Porsche GT3 Cup class. Tim Koch got off to a good start and was able to keep his lead in the first corners. Kevin Wolf also had a good start and relegated the other Cup riders, Radek Pawlaczek and Christoph Duerselen, to the positions 3 and 4.
Tim Koch made the first loop on the Nordschleife and started to extend his lead. Kevin Wolf, who worked his way up from position 4 to 2, lost his position on the Nordschleife and fell back to position 4. The lucky winner was Dima Bugaev, who was able to work his way up from 5th position to 2nd. With already 6 seconds Tim Koch finished the first round.
The start of the DTM92 went without further problems. Gianni Nicosia was able to maintain his lead over Leon Harhoff and thus made the first turn into the first corner. Benjamin de Groot tried to follow the two, but lost on the Nordschleife more and more ground to the two. Gianni Nicosia had every effort to withstand the attacks of Leon Harhoff, but he solved this sovereign and defended so successfully his 1st position.
In the class of BMW M235i vehicles went less well. Unfortunately, Richard Schäfer got a jump start and had to work from the back through the whole field. Benedikt Kürsch claimed his lead over Georg Ortner and was able to get a small gap on the first lap.

After all pit stops had been completed, Dima Bugaev took over the overall leading position. Tim Koch occupied the 2nd position but could reduce the gap lap by lap. Unfortunately, Bugaev got another connection problem and lost the first position to Tim Koch.
In the class of the DTM92 there were no further position changes at the top. Nicosia before Harhoff before de Groot.
The leadership position in the M235i Cup class continued to be given to Benedikt Kürsch after the pit stops. However, Honzik was able to work his way up to Georg Ortner. In the subsequent rounds, Honzik could even push past Ortner on the 2nd position.

The race winner after the 2nd race of Division 2 was Tim Koch on the Porsche 911 Cup. Radek Pawlaczek finished second, 84 seconds behind and Kevin Wolf completed the podium.
In the class of the DTM92 there were no further changes after the pit stops. Gianni Nicosia won the race in his class, followed by Leon Harhoff and Benjamin de Groot on positions 2 and 3.
The class of the BMW M235i won Benedikt Kürsch, Honzik secured the second position after a good race. Georg Ortner made the BMW podium perfect.

Race 2 for Division 1!

After both divisions successfully completed Round 1, the Division 1 drivers had to demonstrate that they haven‘t forgotten the VLN combination of the Nordschleife.

It is Georg Ortner who reached the overall pole with a 7:52.526, followed by Tim Koch (+03.143) and Christian Moreau (+03.867). It is worth mentioning is that there are 4 brands on the first 5 places. This shows that the GT3 class is really balanced. The class of the Audi TT RS VLN was ruled by the Pache pair, who burned insane times into the asphalt. Benedikt Kürsch assured the 3rd place in this class. John Dalton took pole in the Porsche Cayman class with Lasse Ougaard and Connor Mathieson in his mirrors.

All three classes had a flawless start. Georg Ortner was able to maintain his lead in the first corner. Except for a few touches, it was a very decent start of the GT3s. The cars of the Audi TT RS VLN class also had a good start and Patrick Pache was leading the class at the entrance of the „Green Hell“. Unfortunately, 3 Caymans got a connection issue before they could start their race. So, just 4 Caymans were able to race the 90 minutes in the „Green Hell“, lead by Lasse Ougaard in the first corners. The trio of the GT3 class (Ortner, Koch, Moreau) had a three-way fight in the first rounds, including several leadership changes. Unfortunately, Nicolas Hillebrand lost some places at the start and in the first corners but he was starting to fight back to the leading positions. Patrick Pache was still leading the Audi TT RS VLN class and increased the gap to Thomas Pache each round. Lasse Ougaard lost his leading position in the Cayman class in the first round to John Dalton who was able to hold this position to the finish.

After all drivers did their pit stops, it was Nicolas Hillebrand who took the lead in the GT3 class, followed by Christian Moreau and Georg Ortner in the 3rd position. In the Audi TT RS class, there were only small changes. Patrick Pache lead the class, followed by Thomas Pache and Sebastian Weiß who claimed the 3rd position. In the Cayman class weren’t any changes. John Dalton increased his gap to Lasse Ougaard to +50 seconds.

In the last round Georg Ortner lost his lead to Nicolas Hillebrand on the Döttinger Höhe. Nicolas passed him and finished the race on P1, followed by Georg Ortner in the 2nd and Tim Koch in 3rd completing the podium in the GT3 class. Unfortunately, Christian Moreau spun after the Karussel and lost his 2nd position.

Patrick Pache won the race in the Audi TT class with a big gap of 1.30min in front of Thomas Pache. Sebastian Weiß reached the 3rd position.

The winner of the last class was John Dalton in his Cayman. Lasse Ougaard and Andreas Gillmann claimed the two other podium places.

Lights out for Division 2!


Both test races are done, Division 1 already held of it’s first round – now it’s time for the 911 Cup, Touring Classics and the M235i class to pick up the pace.

Tim Koch clinched overall pole with a 8:12.141, leaving Dima Bugaev (+00.847) and Radek Pawlaczek (+04.147) behind. It was again Gianni Nicosia in his  Audi who set the pace for the Touring Classics – cars, with splitting up the 911 Cup grid again. Leon Harhoff in a Opel and Chris Schulze’s Mercedes lined up behind. After a screaming finish in the test race it weren’t Ortner and Honzik who fought for pole in the M235i class: Richard Schäfer took pole in the BMW-powered class with Benedikt Kürsch and John Dalton in his mirrors.

One minute after qualifying we went green in the 911 Cup class – Tim Koch got a very clean start and was able to maintain his lead, while Dima Bugaev and Radek Pawlaczek both lost places with Lukas Kolb pushing himself up to P2. The start for the Touring Classics was a tumultuous one as Leon Harhoff managed to get a better start than Gianni Nicosia, who missed his braking point in Turn 1 and went wide, but he was able to regain the lead before the field entered the Nordschleife. Chris Schulze on P3 stalled his car on the start and neglected a  good position. The for good and close racing known M235i class saw a clean start from everybody, Kürsch was able to gain the lead before Turn 1 and pulled away.

Dima Bugaev needed one lap to indemnify Kolb’s pass at the start and instantly drove out a gap to start the hunt for P1. In the Touring Classics class it didn’t seem to a easy day for Gianni Nicosia as Harhoff started to increase the pressure. In M235i we saw Ortner and Honzik rolling up the field from behind. The fields in every class started to split up and we saw a lot of little battles across our holy Nordschleife, without any major incidents.

With all stops done and 30 minutes to go it was Dima Bugaev who was able to take the lead in mid-race, but the luck wasn’t on his side this day and unfortunately he got a connection error, which left Tim Koch in overall lead. Ortner and Honzik fought their way up to P5 and P6, but leader Benedikt Kürsch was too far away. Gianni Nicosia activated the “power-know” and managed to build a 30 second – gap on his follower.

After 1,5h it was Tim Koch who crossed the line in P1. Pawlaczek took the chequer 41 seconds after him. Christoph Duerselen completed the 911 Cup – podium.

Another stellar drive from Gianni Nicosia delivered him the win in the first round, with a 1 minute – gap to Leon Harhoff, followed by Benjamin de Groot, who literally sneaked his way up to P3.

M235i saw another good and action filled race: Benedikt Kürsch wins the M235i class. We saw another close finish between Ortner and Honzik, who caught up to Hackl. But a mistake in Hohenrain costed the Sector3-dev a better position – Hackl overcame the pressure from Honzik.

Race Recap: Div 1 – Round 1

The first race of the RRVLN endurance racing season in RaceRoom Racing Experience started already
different than expected. Other than the original idea, the field started at the T13 Tribune and skip the
GP-Course of the Nürburgring completely as there where some technical issues when using the GPCourse
and making a pit-stop, which will be fixed in the next update.

The qualifying was already a highlight. It was may not a surprise, that the Italian driver Georg Ortner
were again one of the fastest driver of the field, but the final result for the start where close as never
before. The Canadian driver Christian Moreau lapped the 20-kilometer-long variant of the
Nordschleife just 1,552 seconds slower than Georg. The German driver Nicolas Hillebrand qualified
third. We’re happy to see three drivers from three different countries on the first 3 starting positions.
The start went great for Ortner and Moreau. Hillebrand had a short delay and fell back to fourth. Less
than half a second were between the first two drivers as they went into the Fuchsröhre in Lap 1. And
it got even closer at Breitscheid, where Hillebrand caught up back for third and closed the gap to
Moreau.

Thomas Pache, who went on Pole for Group 2, were overtaken by a phenomenal start of the blue
Aero Audi TT which started on P2.
As Group 3 started, Benedikt Kürsch could defend his pole and went right away from the rest of the
field by nearly a second at Flugplatz on Lap 1.

After 1 hour of pure sprint racing in this 90-minute endurance race, Georg Ortner still couldn’t drive
away from Moreau. The gap was always between 0.5 and 2 seconds between the first two cars.
Meanwhile Hillebrand fought for P3, P4, P5 or P6. Close battling after one hour of racing seemed to
be normal in this series.

30 Minutes later Georg Ortner won the first run of the RRVLN race. Moreau finished second in his
Audi R8 LMS and Hillebrand who catched up back to P1 and P2 by 2 seconds third.

Last lap drama rounds off first Division 2 test race

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
qualifying.
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.

Event Results

First Round of Test Races

We are going to have our first round of Test Races on:

Saturday, February 3rd – Division 1
Saturday, February 10th – Division 2

Everyone is allowed to enter, in one or both races.

Please make sure your name is entered correctly in the RaceApp (instructions on http://discord.gg/wrmXP6x )
All conditions and procedures will be just like during an actual Championship Round, so please make sure you understood the Rules (http://www.rrvln.com/rules/), and the **starting procedure** in particular!

Please avoid choosing the same livery as another driver.

Sign up for Division 1 Test here: https://raceapp.eu/rrvln#/Series/51?tab=booking
Sign up for Division 2 Test here: https://raceapp.eu/rrvln#/Series/60?tab=booking

Practice: 19:00 (60 min)
Quali: 20:00 (30 min)
Warmup: 20:30 (5 min)
Race: 20:35 (96 min)

*All times are CET*

The Password will be shared on discord. Please only join if you registered for the race.
Please be present in the “Race” Voice chat during the event.

Roadmap

Welcome to the RRVLN Endurance Series.

We are still working on some details before we will officially start the championship.

But i would like everyone to know what the plan is right now.

As soon as the League Managing System is fully supporting our needs, we will do a few test events.

If the tests are successful we will announce a date and time when driver registrations will open, and eventually launch Season 1 of the RRVLN.

Our estimate timeline is as follow:

  • Tests: End of January – Beginning of February
  • Driver registrations: End of February
  • Championship start: Beginning of March

We are still expanding the Rules at the moment, but you can see the latest draft on the Rules page.

Our official communication platform is discord,
but you can also follow on social media:

https://twitter.com/RR_VLN
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