After the GLP drivers had to somehow cope with the weather chaos in the Eifel at the start of the season, optimal conditions awaited them for the second round. Although it was still a bit chilly in the Eifel for the time of year, the track was dry and a glance at the sky gave hope for a beautiful event. After a detailed and informative drivers' briefing, driving director Jürgen Seidel was able to send the 129 participants of the RCN GLP "Schloss Augustusburg" punctually onto the Nordschleife of the legendary Nürburgring.
Ralf and Nicole Weiland from Schwetzingen took part for the first time. The couple had informed themselves in detail about the GLP at the RCN stand during the Essen Motor Show and were now at the start with a lovingly prepared Mini Works GP (#89). The fact that not everything went right from the start was certainly due to the nervousness at the first race. Two confirmation rounds with 9.9 and 10.1 penalty points clearly showed that there is still room for improvement. In the end it was enough for 96th place at the first GLP event. Welcome to the GLP family!
Another and much more experienced Mini Team was not so lucky. Karin and Winfried Schlüter (#4) were still able to finish the first confirmation lap with a good 2.3 penalty points, when surprisingly, but no less insistently, the red engine control light came on the Mini JCW, which had been running perfectly until then. In the emergency programme, the Horstmar team saved themselves for the pit lane, but here they could neither localise nor repair the damage with on-board means. In order not to risk any engine damage, the pair ended the event prematurely at this point.
The GLPs are a real "home game" for Max Löhmer, who not only lives in Aremberg, i.e. in the immediate vicinity of the Ring, but as Project Manager of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH should also be very familiar with the legendary Eifel race track. After sporadic GLP races last year, he and Robert Menzel (Porta Westfalica) want to compete in as many GLP races as possible with the BMW 318 ti this season. This time, 68.7 points were enough for 72nd place on the day and tenth place in the rookie classification.
Luca Krüger from Remscheid was always seen with a broad smile on his face on the day of the event. This was not only due to the fact that he had won his first trophy at the season opener, together with his "father" Kai, in the BMW 120i that served as a replacement car. The decisive reason for his joy was the fact that the newly built BMW 325i E46 was ready for action immediately before the second GLP round of the season: "Our first test drive was from the Graf Ulrich Halle to the tourist entrance," grinned the man from Remscheid. "Now it's time for us to gain experience, especially in the wet." Although it stayed dry, Luca and Kai Krüger made plenty of experiences with the new car: good results in the first three confirmation laps, then a small setback. At the finish, father and son Krüger finished in 67th place with 60.9 penalty points (4.4/4.4/2.4/33.3/2.7/13.8). Motorsport veteran Kurt Bernhards, who has been active in motorsport since 1969, contested the GLPs in the hot seat alongside his son Marcus. With their Peugeot 206, the two drivers from Langenfeld scored 10.1 penalty points (1.4/3.5/1.0/2.6/1.0/0.6) this time and finished tenth.
Ninth place went to René and Tina Göbbels (Eschweiler), who compete for MSC Wahlscheid in the ADAC, with 9.7 penalty points (3.4/3.2/1.1/1.1/0.8/0.1) in their lovingly maintained Golf 1 GTI.
Michael Dedekind and Sandra Meier were at the start again with the beautiful BMW M3 (#42). With 9,3 points (0,5/1,1/2,9/1,4/2,2/1,2) the two drivers from Landshut placed the M3 on P8.
Gorden Völksen (Barsinghausen) and Mario Bremer (Wiesbaden) were among the three teams that finished the first confirmation round with only 0.1 penalty points. In the following two rounds, things did not go quite as well, so that their Golf III finished in seventh place with 7.2 points (0.1/3.6/1.7/0.2/0.7/0.9).
In P6, the second team of MSC Wahlscheid in the ADAC was in the top 10. With a zero-fault lap and a total of 6.6 points (2.3/1.8/1.6/0.7/0.0/0.2), Andrea and Rolf Derscheid (Much) in the Opel Corsa A also secured their club's good result in the team classification.
Steven and Jennifer Ostrowski got off to a good start in the potent Mercedes AMG A45. But after the first confirmation lap with only 0.1 points, two more Nordschleife circuits followed, with the result of which the two from Essen were certainly not satisfied. In the second half of the GLP they then reached their well-known top level again and were in a good fifth place after the finish with 6.1 points (0.1/2.1/2.9/0.6/0.2/0.2).
Equal points on the following two placings. Since, according to the GLP regulations, the performance in the first confirmation round is decisive in this case, Harald Ezaru with his father Harald Ezaru sen. (Pforzheim) in the BMW 330 ci and 5.9 points ended up in fourth place.
Third place was secured by Falk and Monika Mellentin with also 5.9 penalty points (2.6/0.9/0.6/0.9/0.6/0.3) for the DAMC 05 in the ADAC. At the end of the GLP, the two drivers from Mönchengladbach still had to fear for their success: "In the fourth confirmation lap, the reserve indicator suddenly lit up, although we had filled up our Mini Diesel beforehand." Despite the last three laps in "energy saving mode", they were able to maintain their lap times and reached the finish line with the last litre of fuel.
Markus and Michael Spiller from Hausweiler proved that you can still have fun and success on the Nordschleife with a 1989 VW hatchback Polo. After a not quite optimal first confirmation lap, father and son Spiller played out their Nordschleife experience, drove strong times and finished the GLP "Schloss Augustusburg Brühl" in second place with 5.2 points (2.4/0.5/0.6/0.5/0.4/0.8).
And who was the day's winner? Time deviations in the confirmation rounds between only 0.1 and 0.5 points as well as one zero round speak a clear language: Specialists are at work here. The addition resulted in a top result of only 1.2 penalty points and thus the sovereign day's victory for Oliver and Udo von Fragstein (Leichlingen and Leverkusen) in the Ford Puma.
The winners of the rookie classification also drove a Ford Puma. Here, Stefan Jacobs (Aachen) and Justin Schumacher (Hennef) won with 10.6 points (2.9/1.7/1.0/1.6/1.5/1.9) ahead of Sebastian Anding and Nadine Philipp from Blaufelden in a Honda Accord with 15.5 points (0.9/1.4/4.9/2.9/2.8/2.6).
As there was unfortunately only one vehicle at the start in the RCN Green Challenge, the victory went without a fight to Thomas Overbeck (Tönisvorst) and Uwe Reichle (Recke) in the Renault Zoe with 62.5 penalty points (15.3/21.7/25.3).
The team classification was deservedly secured by MSC Wahlscheid in the ADAC (Derscheid / Derscheid, Göbbels / Göbbels, Scholl / Scholl, Vosen / Vosen and Dahlhäuser / Dahlhäuser) with 27.74 points, followed by "Team Null Runde" (Ezaru / Ezaru, Dedekind / Meier, Großelanghorst / Bollweg and Schlüter / Schlüter) with 26.96 points.
The award ceremony took a little longer this time, as the prize winners of the 1st run were also awarded. The awarding of the prizes marked the end of an all-round successful event.