BILSTEIN Audi makes history in the "green hell"
Phoenix Racing team: VLN distance record smashed with BILSTEIN Modular Damping System (MDS)
The Phoenix Racing team scored a clear victory in the sixth race of the VLN Championship at Nürburgring on 21.7.2012. The last two VLN races were only decided in the final few dramatic laps, but this time Frank Stippler and Marc Basseng secured their second victory of the season with ease in their Audi R8 LMS ultra – even posting a new distance record. For the first time in the history of the VLN Championship, the winners of a 4-hour race completed a distance of 29 laps (706.701 kilometres). The winning duo in the Audi R8 LMS ultra fitted with BILSTEIN MDS shock absorbers crossed the finishing line a commanding 46.890 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Starting the race from just twelfth position, the Audi duo put in a masterly performance around the famous 24.369 kilometre race track. Just three laps into the race the Phoenix Audi had moved up to fourth place. The Nordschleife veterans Basseng and Stippler then finally took the leading position in the pit lane. The Audi pilots went on to extend their lead in the following laps before winning the race by a comfortable margin. Allowing Marc Basseng to celebrate his 24th victory in the VLN Championship. The 33-year old racing driver is now rapidly catching up with pilots such as Jürgen Alzen or Olaf Manthey who head the list of winners with their 28 victories.
The new distance record was not the only success achieved by vehicles fitted with the BILSTEIN Modular Damping System (MDS). The Timbuli Racing team in their Porsche 011 GT3 997 won their second class victory in the fiercely competitive SP7 class. Further, the Black Falcon team triumphed easily in the V6 class, with their BMW M3 finishing a lap ahead of the competition.
BILSTEIN has successfully partnered motor sport teams for 50 years now. BILSTEIN's Modular Damping System is the basis for a wide spectrum of high-performance shock absorber applications for professional racing. MDS makes use of high quality components which have been tested over many years in motor sports. The pull and push suspension settings of the high-performance damping system can be optimally adjusted separately by means of high-quality aluminium handwheels – quickly and precisely in ten clearly discernible clicks from one (gentle) to ten (hard) – to meet the needs of the most challenging racing track in the world, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and those of the Audi R8 LMS ultra.
BILSTEIN congratulates the Phoenix Racing team on their victory and their new distance record, and also all other teams on their successes in the sixth VLN championship race at the Nürburgring.