Connect with us

VLN/Nürburgring 24

Manthey Porsche Wins VLN1

Pilet, Dumas, Makowiecki claim victory in VLN season-opener…

Photo: VLN

Photo: VLN

Manthey Racing has captured victory in Saturday’s opening round of the VLN series, following late-race drama for the Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Patrick Pilet took his Porsche to a 1 minute and 8-second victory over the No. 38 Bentley Team Abt Bentley Continental GT3 of Christer Jons, Chris Bruck and Jordan Pepper.

It came after an accident for Laurens Vanthoor with nine minutes remaining in the then-leading No. 4 Falken Porsche, which veered off course and slammed into the wall after getting caught up in traffic.

The Falken car did not finish the four-hour race.

Pilet, meanwhile, shared the wheel of the winning No. 911 Porsche with fellow factory drivers Romain Dumas and Fred Makowiecki, in the first race in the build up to Nürburgring 24 in May.

The runner-up finish for the Bentley marked the British marque’s best-ever finish at the Nordschleife.

Vanthoor’s late-race misfortunes promoted the No. 28 Audi Sport Team Land Audi R8 LMS to a podium position in the team’s factory debut, following a final-lap duel with the No. 50 WRT Audi, which came home fourth overall.

The No. 49 WRT Audi completed the top-five, with the best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 coming home seventh, in the hands of Black Falcon.

The next VLN round takes place on April 4, and will again be broadcast live on

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Barber

    March 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Nice to see the old Manthey colors back. Feel bad for Falken.

  2. Alex

    March 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Funny how this series is covered by John but not something like ADAC GT…..

    • Jimmy

      March 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      I rather enjoyed the German commentary in the past, it was more informative. The commentators today quite clearly did not have proper knowledge of the cars,classes, rules and the circuit.

      • Rory

        March 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        to cut the Radio Le Mans guys some slack here, today was the first time they’d covered a VLN race, so they’re still learning the series rules and regulations, what track configuration is used for race day, it was a big difference from covering the Nurburgring 24 hours, give it another round or two the coverage should be better.

        • Terence BOWER

          March 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm

          Totally agree!Having known John for several years,he will bend over backwards to do it right.And do it right,he will.
          Highly skilled at his passion.

          • Alex

            April 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

            What does any of this have to do with my comment about lack of ADAC GT Coverage? Smh….

  3. Rory

    March 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Did Tracy Krohn’s car get out of the pit lane I didn’t see any of his usual spins?, knew of the series but had never watched a race of it until today

    • juandefoldgit

      March 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Was wondering the same thing. Where are the full results?

  4. seth

    March 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The GT3 Porsche is having a good year

  5. Anthony Blair Thomas

    March 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Looks like Mercedes and BMW have some work to do. It likely has more to do with the tires used and the track conditions. At the recent SRO test it Porsche was not present but Audi was, the Mercedes were setting the pace.

    Overall that means the war continues and for fans will be fun to watch. Toe dipping by Lexus/Toyota and Honda/Acura just add fuel to the fire.

    VLN races are finally in English? Interesting…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in VLN/Nürburgring 24