Already dominating their class in Germany’s VLN race series, the Kumho-shod cars of Team Peugeot RCZ Nokia finished 1st and 3rd in SP2T (the category for 1600cc turbocharged cars) in last weekend’s (May 19/20) annual 24 Hour marathon around the incomparable 15.5 mile-long Nürburgring circuit.
First past the flag was car ‘100’, shared by Paul Englert, Steven Palette, Guillaume Roman and Julien Rueflin, which covered no less than 2077.82 miles at an average speed of 86.58mph during the course of the race. Despite being involved in two accidents during the night and losing valuable time as a result, Michael Bohrer, Jürgen Nett, Stéphane Caillet and Julien Piguet managed to fight the sister car ‘101’ back to a very creditable 3rd place, and thereby join their team-mates on the podium.
Deputy Team Manager Timo Frings was quick to praise the fighting spirit of his drivers, who he remarked ‘never gave up despite the setbacks’, while the drivers applauded Kumho’s role in the success, with the team’s chief tester, Stéphane Caillet, confirming the Peugeots were ‘really enjoyable to drive, despite a degree of nervousness in the handling born of necessarily stiff springing’.
Kumho’s Technical Manager Mark Hamnett added: “We managed to dial out unwanted understeer simply by increasing the rear tyre pressures, and were almost certainly the only tyre manufacturer to finish the event without a single puncture; proving the strength as well as the performance of our products.”
The next outing for the giant-killing little Peugeots is in round four of the VLN championship, which takes place at the Nürburgring on June 23.
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