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Successful season at the Nürburgring

No finish for the two Zimmermann Porsches at the season finale

The final race of the 2022 Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS), the 46th DMV 4h Race, also saw the two Zimmermann Porsches entered by Mathol Racing on the grid. Neither Porsche saw the checkered flag at the season's conclusion, but the season was still a success overall for the Zimmermann cars. Mathol team boss Matthias Holle: "In the premiere year with the Zimmermann Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the "Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring", we immediately won third place in the overall standings. In addition, there were numerous class victories with the Zimmermann-Porsche 718 Cayman S in the VT3 class, as well as group victories and podium finishes in the production car group."

The outside conditions on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife were quite decent for a November day. During the morning qualifying session, the track was still wet and slippery, and fog caused a delay. From the start of the race, however, the conditions were almost ideal.

The Zimmermann Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from the one-make cup "Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring" was driven by Arne Hoffmeister, Hendrik Still and the Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci. In practice, the Frenchman set a top lap at the last second, which was enough for the first pole position in the Porsche one-make cup this season. In the race, Boccolacci started from seventh place overall. In the first corner, he showed a crazy braking maneuver and took the lead in front of all GT3 cars in the field of almost 90 cars. The Zimmermann Porsche defended this position for almost the entire first lap. Boccolacci then continued to fight in the leading group until he fell victim to a structural flaw of the Nordschleife on the approach to the Hohe Acht on lap four. On a piece of green carpet (!) at the edge of the track, which was still completely wet in contrast to the track, he lost the Porsche and hit the guard rails hard. Team boss Holle: "You can't blame Boccolacci. For years we've been calling for the removal of this completely unpredictable hard shoulder. At least two cars had serious accidents there in this race, and several others in previous races. The lack of reaction from the Nürburgring operating company is absolutely irresponsible! But with the point for the best starting position we could still move up to third place in the overall standings. A great success for our first year in Cup2."

Driving the Zimmermann Porsche 718 Cayman S in the VT3 class this time were the 3 Argentine professionals Marcos Adolfo Vazquez, Nicolas Martin Varrone and Roberto Falcone. Starting driver Varrone was unfortunately thrown off track by a BMW in the first lap. With destroyed rear axle the Zimmermann Cayman had to be parked. Team boss Holle: "It's a pity, another production car victory would have been possible today with this high-performance driver line-up. But when a competitor virtually drops onto the car, there's nothing even the best driver can do."

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