Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport and Nils Mierschke managed to defend the lead in div. 2 of the ADAC Procar series on the Sachsenring. The 21 year-old reached second and third place in both races on Sunday.
Even before the beginning of the weekend, Mierschke had shown a super performance in the Ford Fiesta ST and secured pole position for himself on Saturday afternoon. In the starting grid of raceno. 1, he was behind a slow vehicle of div. 1 and was thwarted by the same at the start. Consequently, Guido Thierfelder could overtake both vehicles and Mierschke had to settle for second place.
The same happened in the second race after the break. Mierschke was blocked at the start and Ulrike Kraft managed to overtake. During the entire race, they were both battling it out in exciting and close fought duels, but Nils didn't find a way to overtake her. Some minutes before the end of the race, it started to rain so heavily that the stewards ended the race early.
Ingo Leipert, Team Manager of Leipert Motorsport, exclaimed: „Nils did a great job. Unfortunately, he had a bad starting position in both races. Despite the gripping duels, he got the car home safely and managed to stay at the top of the table."
The third event of the ADAC Procar series 2011 will be held in Zolder, Belgium, from10th – 12th June, 2011.
Racecalender 2011: 25. April Oschersleben 15. Mai Sachsenring 12. Juni Zolder / BEL 31. Juli Oschersleben 14. August Red Bull Ring / AUS 4. September EuroSpeedway Lausitz 18. September Assen / NL 2. Oktober Hockenheim
Next weekend already, team rhino's Leipert is taking part in a further event: the second round of the Blancpain Endurance series in Navarra, Spain. After their debut in Monza, Italy, they want to finish among the Top 5 on the 3.933 km long circuit.
The Portuguese trio Ricardo Bravo, Laurenco Beirao de Veiga and Duarte Felix da Costa are going to race in Lamborghini Gallardo No. 6 once more. They know the circuit in Navarra from last year's test drive with the team. Vehicle no. 7 is once again driven by Dutch Olivier Tielemans and Finish Mika Vähämäki – they both don't have any experience with the Spanish circuit.
Ingo Leipert, Team Manager of rhino's Leipert Motorsport, said: "50% of our drivers know the track, and due to the test, it is not new to us. This is a clear advantage to Monza. Therefore, we should finish among the Top 5 this weekend. The Lamborghini Gallardo shows a great performance."
The event will start on Saturday with free training and pre-qualifying. Qualifying and race will take place on Sunday.
Racecalender 2011: 22. Mai Navarra/ESP 30. Juli Spa/BEL 27. August Magny Cours/FRA 9. Oktober Silverstone/GB
It was an emotional roller coaster for team rhino's Leipert Motorsport at the Sachsenring. For duo Dennis Vollmair/David Mengesdorf, the track was completely new. Due to difficult conditions during free training, they had little time to adapt to the demanding circuit. They achieved their best with position 16 in race 1 and position 18 on Sunday. Andrzej Dzikevic from Lithuania joined the team as a new entry at the Sachsenring. He drove with Oleg Petrishin and convinced with extremely fast lap times.
In race 1, David Mengesdorf had a good start from position 17 and managed to improve by several positions, but then the safety car had to go out on the track for several laps due to an accident during the starting phase. When the stewards cleared the race, Mengesdorf was involved in some duels and handed over the Lamborghini Gallardo to Vollmair in 15th place. The 21 year-old finished 16th. Oleg Petrishin handed over the second Lamborghini Gallardo to Andrzej Dzikevic in 30th position. The Lithuanian drove the third fastest lap, had a super performance, and could progress to 24th position.
Shortly before the start of the second race, it started to rain cats and dogs and no one could predict what was still to come weather-wise. Therefore, the team chose wet tires for both cars. Due to the bad weather, the first three laps were raced behind the safety car, but once the race was cleared, Dzikevic and Vollmair, who had started from positions 23 and 29, tried the bottom-up approach and were already on positions 5 and 6 after eight laps. Unfortunately, Dzikevic had a drive-through penalty due to disregarding the yellow flag and dropped back to position 13.
Unfortunately, the rain god wasn't lenient and the circuit dried quite quickly. As a result, both Lamborghini Gallardo lost some further positions, as they were still driving on wet tires, until the pit-stop window finally opened. Dzikevic handed over the car to Petrishin who finished the race in 24th position. The team then had some freaky moments during the handover of the car from Mengesdorf to Vollmair: When changing from wet tires to slicks, they lost precious seconds due to a failing impact screw driver and Mengesdorf left the pit lane in 29th position. In a brilliant race, he managed to progress to 18th position until the end of the race.
Ingo Leipert, Team Manager of rhino's Leipert Motorsport, said: "David and Dennis didn't have an easy task since both didn't know the circuit. The first free training took place under bad mixed conditions (wet/dry) and the yellow and red flags were waved constantly. They didn't get to drive much during the second training either. So they entered qualifying and race under difficult conditions. Bearing all this in mind, they did a very good job. One can see that things are improving. The results in Zolder will reflect this also. Andrzej Dzikevic was very fast in both races."
Races 5 and 6 will take place in Zolder, Belgium, between 10th and 12th June 2011.
Race calendar 2011: 23/04- 25/04/2011 Oschersleben (GER) 12/05- 15/05/2011 Sachsenring(GER) 10/06- 12/06/2011 Zolder (BEL) 08/07- 10/07/2011 Nürburgring (GER) 12/08- 14/08/2011 Red Bull Ring (AUT) 16/09- 18/09/2011 Assen (NL) 30/09- 02/10/2011 Hockenheim (GER)
This week-end marks the beginning of the new season 2011 for Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport when they take part in the first race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy. In the "GT3 Pro-Am" rating, they are going to use two Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 LP600 with three drivers each. Portuguese drivers Duarte Felix Da Costa, Lourenço Beirão da Veiga and Ricardo Bravo are the drivers of car no. 6 whilst Finn Mika Vähämäki, Dutch Olivier Tielemans and French Arnaud Peyroles are the drivers of the Lamborghini with no. 7.
It is going to be a special week-end for the Team: Not only is it their first visit to the Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza, it is also their first race in a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 LP600 within Europe. Team Manager Ingo Leipert is sure: "This should not be a problem for us though. Reiter Engineering give us the details for Monza, and besides, our test drives in Portugal, Spain, France and Germany prior to the season all went very well. We are aiming for victory in the "GT Pro-Am" rating with our two trios." The three Portuguese drivers Da Costa (aged 25), Da Veiga (aged 31) und Bravo (aged 35) have only known each other as competitors so far. All three participated in the 2009 International GT Open and in the SEAT Leop Eurocup in 2010. They are supported by Tranquilidade, Pioneer, Savoro, Galp und Vodafone. The second car has a more international team: Finn Vähämäki (aged 21), supported by Lapp Group, was the Finnish Formula 3-Champion in 2008 and was at the start at the Formula Renault UK series in 2010. The Dutch Tielemans (aged 26) took part in the DTM in 2006, and in 2007 and 2008 he raced in the WTCC Touring Cars World Championship. This year he receives support by Novabox. The third driver is the French Peyroles (aged 48) who has already been racing in the GT3-sport for some years and who was, for example, Champion of the FIA GT3 Series in 2008. The Blancpain Endurance Series has its debut this year and is set for GT3 and GT4 cars. The GT3-rating is divided into three categories: the "GT3 Pro Cup" (only one driver per car), the "GT3 Pro-Am Cup" (mix of pros and amateurs), and the "GT3 Citation Cup" (amateurs only). After two 60 min. training sessions and a 45 min. qualifying, the race itself will last for three hours. The highlight of the season is the 24 h-race in Spa.
Blancpain Endurance Series
16.-17.04.2011 Monza (IT)21.-22.05.2001 Navarra (E)28.-30.07.2011 Spa (B)26.-27.08.2011 Magny-Cours (F)08.-09.10.2011 Silverstone (GB)