SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2018

D'Ansembourg beats Tandy in second Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

D’Ansembourg beats Tandy in second Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

Christophe d’Ansembourg gave the Lola-Aston DBR1-2 its first win in the Masters Endurance Legends series by beating the Lola-Mazda B12/60 of Steve Tandy who the day before had won the first race of the Oldtimer Grand Prix meeting at the Nürburgring.

Tandy led the first part of the race but d’Ansembourg jumped his rival at the pitstops to defend a narrow three-second lead until the end.

Tandy took charge on lap 2 by passing the Alex Kapadia/James Hanson P2 ORECA-Nissan 03, with d’Ansembourg following through on the same lap. Tandy subsequently pulled out a three-second lead towards the stops, but found himself trailing the Belgian by four seconds when both had done their stops. The Lola-Mazda slowly nibbled away at the Lola-Aston’s lead but d’Ansembourg was still in front by 2.8 seconds when the red flag was shown. The race was not resumed.

We were at the same speed”, said d’Ansembourg. “We got in earlier, got a good pitstop, and when I got out I was in the lead! I just managed my lead after that, the car went fine.

Kapadia and Hanson were a distant third after Kapadia was penalised for overtaking before the start of the race. Travis Engen’s Audi R8 moved up to fourth a handful of laps before the red flag by dealing with the quicker of the two ORECA-GM FLM09 machines, the Aaron Scott/Tommy Dreelan example leading Keith Frieser’s car.

The GT class was won by Timo Scheibner’s ORECA Dodge Viper GTS-R after Dominik Roschmann’s Aston Martin DBR9 ran into trouble. Roschmann pitted twice before calling it quits on lap 14.


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