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VLN: 1-2 Victory for Audi R8 LMS at Nordschleife plus Timo Bernhard Back on Track


Ingolstadt, August 26, 2012 – On Saturday, the Audi customer team Raeder Motorsport achieved victory on the Nordschleife. Frank Biela, Christian Hohenadel and Thomas Mutsch achieved victory of the customer sport team Raeder Motorsport at round eight of the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Just 1.748 seconds behind them, the Phoenix drivers Marc Basseng and Frank Stippler completed a one-victory of the Audi R8 LMS ultra.

 

Timo Bernhard celebrates comeback after Sebring test accident (source: VLN)
After a more than four months injury break, Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard (Bruchmühlbach-Miesau/ Germany) celebrated his comeback on the race track. Last Saturday, he competed in the highlight of the VLN endurance racing season together with Romain Dumas (France) and Manthey driver Jochen Krumbach (Eschweiler/ Germany) in a Porsche 911 GT3 R for the team of Manthey-Racing. The 6h Race took place on the combination of the Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit and the Nordschleife. In March this year, Timo Bernhard suffered amongst others injuries at the cervical spine after an accident through no fault of his own in an Audi during a test session held at Sebring (USA).

“After the accident, I was fully concentrated onto my recovery and from mid-April onto the rehabilitation measures”, says Timo Bernhard. “Beginning of July, my injuries were completely healed and I was able to start with my motor sport specific training. My doctors, my trainer and I have worked very hard and taken the right steps in due time. I am now ready to get back into the cockpit. I am now as fit and able to withstand high pressure as before the accident. Even though I have competed in so many races all over the world in my previous career, I have hardly ever so much looked forward to drive out of the pit lane again.”

 

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