The road to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring has begun.
Somehow, VLN racing remains relatively obscure and un-televised, despite the fact that it features today's biggest names in motorsport cutting their teeth 4-6 hours at a time on the world's most challenging race course. Le Mans winner, Earl Bamber, along with Porsche superstars Patrick Pilet, Joerg Bergmeister, and Freddy Makowiecki piloted brand new 911 GT3 Rs to start Porsche's first ever factory-backed effort in the Nurburgring 24 in this first VLN round.
Big names like Uwe Alzen (legend!), Laurens Vanthoor, Maxi Götz, Augusto Farfus, and the Dirks, Müller and Werner, are but a fraction of the immensely talented field driving in what is fast becoming the world's most popular GT class. The entry list might as well double as a Who's Who in both driving talent and race teams.
VLN is one of our favorites series here at Benzin Garage, and we think any series that puts the latest and greatest GT machines on track alongside the classics should be a bit more visible. New GT3 cars from Lexus, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes all got their first official laps at The Green Hell this past weekend, and while we can't put it on TV (yet), that won't stop us from sending Chris Frays out to give you guys a view of the action again this year.
We can't wait to show you more over the next 9 rounds of competition.