With just over a week to go until the Nürburgring 24 Hour race (May 17th-20th), Falken has announced the drivers for the two Porsches running its tires. Following a stunning performance last year, the Falken Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 R will be piloted by the tried and tested line-up of Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger. For 38 year old Brit Peter Dumbreck this is his fifth race for the Japanese tire manufacturer on the Nordschleife circuit. He is supported by Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler, who also drivers an RSR Porsche for Falken in the ALMS. Henzler’s ALMS Falken team mate, Martin Ragginger, a former GT2 class winner of the 24-hour racing classic at Spa and Sebastian Asch complete the line up. Asch, an automotive engineering student and son of Porsche’s most successful cup driver, Roland Asc is intimately familiar with the “Green Hell” race course, captivating onlookers with sensationally fast lap times during the night in last year’s race.
Also running Falken tires this year is the legendary HARIBO Racing Team. Its renowned Porsche 911 GT3 R runs Falken tires in a number of VLN and the 24 Hour races. “The initial VLN rounds went well for us, the Falken tires performed superbly in the mixed track conditions of the Nürburgring,” explains Marco Alfter, HARIBO’s chief communications officer. The HARIBO Racing Team features German drivers Christian Menzel, Mike Strusberg and Hans-Guido Riegel, along with French racer Emmanuel Collard. All four team members all are seasoned endurance racers, run by a team with considerable experience at the Nürburgring.