VLN Round 1

The road to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring has begun.

Kremer's bodywork on this 997 GT3 Cup is more than just a tribute to the 935 K3. The aero package was once again proven with fast lap times, and a promising race until mechanical failures took them out.

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.

Full-fledged works package GT3 R getting in some of those required VLN hours before the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Cars take a serious beating on the high kerbing on the Nordschleife.

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.

BMW M6 GT3 shared by Augusto Farfus and Jorg Müller.

Car Collection Motorsport

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.

Ford GT

We can't wait to show you more over the next 9 rounds of competition.

Gold = multi-class racing through the Karrussel.