ARED Aston Martin
The VLN Endurance Champion 44. Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy had a packed field of cars this year including the ARED Aston Martin. The race which is after the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and happens the same weekend as the 24 Hours of Le Mans usually has only a few entrants. This year, however there were 189 cars registered to start the race making for a lot of competition.
The race is a 4 hour endurance race and the Aston Martin driven by Andy Sammers and Ronny Tobler competed in the GT4/SP10 class. They were competing against 8 other cars in their class. The race saw quite a few incidents which were partly due to the number of cars in the event coupled with rain.
The team drove very well, but as they were about to make a driver and tire change from slick tires to more rain ready tires they saw a red flag wave. Sadly the race that happened the same weekend of the 24 Hours of Le Mans had a tragic incident just as the more famous race.
The team was able to drive through the crowded field for a very good third in class finish and 33 overall in the race.
On Saturday June 22nd 2013 ARed Motorsport started at the 44. Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy within the VLN Endurance championship. Traditionally the race after the 24 hours race at the Nürburgring is a quiet one, with less participants than usual, as many teams are still rebuilding their cars. Not so this time: With 189 cars registered it was a well filled starter field. In the GT4/SP10 class there were 8 cars participating. For the race service ARed Motorsport used the backup crew of Mathol Racing. ARed Motorsport regular drivers Andy Sammers and Ronny Tobler took on the 4 hour long challenge.
The weather gods meant well for qualifying on Saturday morning. The sun was shining which meant ideal conditions for ARed Motorsport’s two drivers. Andy set a new personal best for the ARed Motorsport team with a 9:21 and qualified #177 on position 69 for the race.
Andy drove the start for the first time and could improve position lap by lap. “The time that we put into the setup and testing of the car was well invested”, said Andy Sammers after his stint.” “The car now gives me the trust necessary to drive closer to the limit.” After a good first stint Andy handed the car over to Ronny Tobler. Ronny’s stint was accompanied by constantly changing conditions. At the beginning there was just a bit of drizzling rain on different parts of the track. There was enough grip for the slick tires but caution was advised. This was also the beginning of many yellow and double yellow situations because of accidents that took place. “Based on what I observed I’d say that a few accidents happened because of circulation problems because of the high temperature in the cars.” said Ronny after his stint. In Ronny’s second to last lap the rain intensified and the track was wet from the GP track up to kilometre mark 14 on the track. At this point the slick tires were a risk and it was difficult to keep the car on track. Ronny gave the signal for Andy to prepare one lap earlier as planned for the driver change.
But the driver change was not meant to happen as the marshals waived red flags due to a tragic incident on track.
Andy and Ronny drove their best race yet on their ARED Aston Martin and reached overall position 33 and third place in class.