14. May 2019

ROWE RACING highly motivated ahead of the dress rehearsal for the ADAC 24h race at the Nürburgring

John Edwards and Jesse Krohn in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 / Tom Blomqvist, Mikkel Jensen and Connor De Phillippi share the #98 sister car

ROWE RACING will take part in the big dress rehearsal for the highlight of the season at the Nordschleife this weekend: The 24h qualifying race on Sunday (19th May) is the last opportunity for all the teams to finetune for the 47th ADAC 24h race at the Nürburgring (22nd/23rd June). Firstly, specific processes of the “Eifel Marathon” will be run through once again, such as a qualifying session at dusk and the qualifying session for the top 30 spots. After finishing in first and third place in the 1st VLN race at the season opener, and in sixth place recently at the 3rd VLN race of the year, the team from St. Ingbert is eager to be up there at the front of the field again in the 24h qualifying race and gain more confidence for the 24h race.

In the #98 BMW M6 GT3, the three BMW works drivers who finished in third place on the podium at the 1st VLN race will share the work in the cockpit once again. Standing in for Austria’s Philipp Eng, who like DTM colleague Marco Wittmann will be battling for points in the DTM in Zolder at the weekend, but will be back in action for the team from St. Ingbert at the 24h race, Connor De Phillippi from the USA will once again provide support for Britain’s Tom Blomqvist and Denmark’s Mikkel Jensen.

In the #99 sister car, John Edwards from the USA and Finland’s Jesse Krohn will split the six hours of racing. In the 3rd VLN race, they finished in sixth place alongside Wittmann; at the season opener, Edwards got the win with Wittmann and Dutchman Nick Catsburg, who will be in action in the FIA WTCR in Zandvoort at the weekend.

The weekend at the Nürburgring gets underway with the 90-minute free practice session at 12:15 after the testing and tuning sessions. The first qualifying session is scheduled for the evening from 18:45 to 21:15. Then on Sunday morning, first up is the second qualifying session, which will be held between 8:30 and 9:30 before the fastest 30 cars do battle in single timed laps in the Top 30 qualifying session to determine the starting grid between 10:15 and 10:50. The six-hour race gets underway at 12:00 (all times CEST).

Hans-Peter Naundorf, Team Principal ROWE RACING: “After our good results to date in the first two races at the Nordschleife, naturally we are keen to perform well again in the dress rehearsal for the 24h race and put on a good show for the 100+ guests that our partner ROWE MINERALÖLWERK GMBH has invited. On top of that, sporting successes are also a positive confirmation for everyone in our team and increase motivation even more. For us as a team, it is also important to familiarise ourselves with some of the special features of the procedures for the 24h race once again, such as the Top 30 qualifying. Like most of our rivals, we are also hoping that conditions will be dry and reliable for the first time this Nordschleife season, so that we can test the various dry tyres as well as the chassis tuning, and leave our winter jackets at home. And those in charge of the BOP classifications could do with some reliable data to assess the cars fairly for the 24h race.”

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