Both Zimmermann-Porsche saw the chequered flag

Mathol Racing and Zimmermann at the 24h-Rennen on the Nürburgring

Mathol Racing entered two Zimmermann-Porsche cars in the 48th ADAC Total 24hRennen on the Nürburgring. Both cars crossed the finish line at the endurance classic. Team boss Matthias Holle: "We achieved the optimum and brought the cars over the distance. We scored two class wins." Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 24h race did not take place until September and suffered from the extremely bad weather conditions. The temperatures were quite cool and it rained almost the whole weekend. When heavy rain and fog moved into the Eifel on Saturday evening, the race organizers interrupted the Eifel Marathon for 9.5 hours. Team boss Holle: "This was certainly necessary for the GT3 cars, but we would have liked to drive through with our close-to-production cars without any problems.

The two Zimmermann-Porsche Cayman started in two different classes. In the V3T class the fast Zimmermann Porsche 718 Cayman S (starting number 85) was driven by Wolfgang Weber, Alex Fielenbach, Sebastian Schäfer and Immanuel Vinke. The team managed the distance with almost no problems and consistently drove fast lap times. Only an additional short safety stop cost time. After a driver complained about vibrations on the front axle, the Cayman was briefly checked in the pits. An impending puncture was diagnosed as a problem. In the end, the quartet celebrated class victory and 42nd place overall. Team boss Holle: "A strong performance, unfortunately we lost time compared to our competitors in the overall standings due to the race interruption".

The Zimmermann-Porsche Cayman S (starting number 132) in the V6 class was manned by a top driver quartet. Veteran Wolfgang Kaufmann drove the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring for the 25th time. The best result for Kaufmann, who contested his first Eifel Marathon in 1987, was a second place in 1993, with two rookies competing at his side. The Spaniard Andy Souček is an experienced and fast GT3 driver. The Bentley works driver even got a taste of Formula 1 air as a test driver. The young Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci currently drives a Mercedes GT3 from Zakspeed in the ADAC GT Master and is considered a fast newcomer to the GT3 scene. Both drivers are making their debut in the Eifel, but were already racing for Mathol Racing at the Nürburgring last season. Fourth in the group was the Phoenix-Youngster and GT4 driver Robert Rhyn from Switzerland. After a short acclimatization period, the four drivers convinced with top times, but had to make an extra stop. A control unit caused problems after water had penetrated through the extreme rain. In the end the class winners crossed the finish line in 41st place overall. Team boss Holle: "The top line-up got used to the unusual 'close-to-production racing car' and delivered top times without any mistakes.

Conclusion of team manager Holle: "The race in September is certainly not a good long-term solution, because the external conditions were very bad. But our team under the technical direction of Erik Braun worked perfectly and played a major role in the successful outcome".

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