Both of Falken Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R entries were withdrawn from Saturday’s Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie round due to lack of tires because of supply chain issues.
The Schnabl Engineering-run effort took part in qualifying for both of its SP9 class entries that were entered for Lars Kern/Martin Ragginger and Jaxon Evans/Alessio Picariello.
However, both cars were pulled prior to the four-hour race due to an “insufficient supply of tires in the optimum compound for the track conditions” according to a statement from the team.
The statement said the shortage of tires was caused by the “global supply bottleneck” for raw materials, which has affected Falken’s tire production in Japan.
The decision, on the grounds of safety, was made after “extensive consultation with the drivers and engineers.”
The tire supply issue does not affect Falken’s customer team Max Kruse Racing, which is also competing in NLS this weekend.
Falken Motorsports is confirmed to run two Porsches at the Nürburgring 24 with Ragginger, Picariello, Evans, Kern, Klaus Bachler, Patrick Pilet, Sven Mueller and Marco Seefried.
Laurent Mercier contributed to this report