The tension is building: exactly five weeks until the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (May 25-29). In the fiftieth edition of the classic long-distance race in Eifel, three Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II start in Scherer Sport colours. Eleven of the best GT3 drivers, who have racked up eight wins in the 24 Hours, are set to battle for the top spots again this year.
“We enter the legendary 24-hour race with ambitious goals and we want to drive to victory,” says Christian Scherer, president of the company, whose company is one of the largest car dealerships in Germany. “This event is the highlight of the season for us. Not only is the 24 Hours race being held for the 50th time this year, it is also a special memory for a villain: we raced for the first time in ten years. The driver teams in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 are The three evo II are definitely among the most promising teams in the field this year.”
Three Audi R8 LMS, three powerful driver teams
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II starts at No. 5 from Scherer Sport from Phoenix in the Eifelmarathon with a mix of experienced and young drivers: leads the two-time 24-hour winning line-up and local champ Frank Stipler (47) / Bad Münsterfell). Swiss Ricardo Wieler, 21, will be the second driver. He won the ADAC GT Masters in 2021 and recommended himself a spot on the Audi Sport customer racing list with his solid performance. The new Scherer brand ambassador, in addition to Nordschleife starting on the ABT Sportsline team, is also competing for the DTM in Scherer colors. The third pilot is 26-year-old Vincent Kolb (Frankfurt). He is considered one of the Nürburgring Nordschleife’s greatest young talents and won the NLS Speed Trophy in 2021. The lineup is completed by another DTM driver: Kelvin van der Linde (25/South Africa), 24-hour 2017 winner and two-time ADAC GT Masters champion.
“It’s an honor to be competing with this team,” Frank Stipler says. “I am delighted that the Stippler/Kolb regular NLS combination has been boosted by two DTM drivers. I think we are a strong team and see good opportunities for us.” “This is a new challenge for me because Nordschleife cannot be compared to any other racetrack. I have teammates I can Definitely take advantage of them.”
The second Audi from Scherer Sport by Phoenix enters the #16 in the race with veteran Markus Winkelhock (Schorndorf). The 32-year-old has won the 24-hour race three times. His teammates include Kim-Luis Schramm (24, DEU), who has already gained a lot of experience in the NLS and ADAC GT Masters. In 2021, he missed the ADAC GT Masters junior title by just one point against Ricardo Fier. Also part of the squad is Kuba Giermaziak (31/Poland), who has already celebrated several victories at ADAC GT Masters and caused quite a stir as the Porsche Supercup winner in the Formula 1 support program. The quartet was completed for the driver by Michel Beretta (27) . The Italian has claimed titles in the Italian GT Championship (2017), the European Le Mans Series (2020), and the GT Open International (2021) in recent years.
Scherer Sport also supports the Audi Sport Team Phoenix when the Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II is used as a partner. In Audi Sport’s #15 customer race car, dual starter Kelvin van der Linde shares the cockpit with other former 24 Hours winners: Belgian speedster Dries Vanthoor (24) and Frédéric Vervisch (35, both winners from 2019). Former DTM and Formula E winner Robin Frijns (30/Netherlands) sits fourth in the Audi Sport drivers’ quartet, who was also on the podium in 2017 and finished third in the Eifel.
“We have a very strong package this year,” says Ernst Moser, whose team Phoenix Racing uses the three vehicles at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. In the past, the team, which is located close to “the rink” at Meuspath, has celebrated five victories in the 24-hour race. “For the first time we are competing with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 evolution and all three cars can drive in front. In the factory-backed car, there are four very strong drivers who have already celebrated many victories over Nordschleife. But the two special cars are also strong: in car No. 5, driven by Frank Stipler, we have three other strong drivers. The number 16 ranked team also has a lot of experience at Nordschleife and together with veteran Markus Winkelhock, they are a team that will keep pace up front.”
as an NLS3 preparation
After the second round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series has been cancelled, next Saturday’s (23 April) NLS event is an important test for Scherer Sport for the 24 Hours of Race. All three Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II cars will be used for the first time. Starting number 5 will be driven by Vincent Kolb/Frank Stipler. Robin Frijns/Kelvin van der Linde will start with 15. Scherer Sport-Audi’s third car in the four-hour race will be driven by Michel Beretta/Koba Germaziak.
Source: Scherer Sport press release
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