Friday, 17th of June, 2022
DTM Classic Cup at Imola/Italy, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo E Dino Ferrari
First Notes after the first free practise sessions on friday

#1 Stefan Mücke/Peter Mücke
Ford Zakspeed Capri turbo 1980
Like expected, former DTM-regular Stefan Mücke of Schönefeld-Rotberg set the fastest time in the second free practise, which was added to the regular friday`s schedule after an oil leak on another participant´s Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0. Due to that, the first free practise session had to be stopped just after one and a half lap. With reduced turbo pressure due to the hot summer conditions, Stefan Mücke still was able the set the fastest time by a margin of 1.435 seconds in the 1980-built spaceframe Ford Zakspeed Capri turbo, formerly driven by Klaus Ludwig in the legendary Deutsche Automobil-Rennsportmeisterschaft.
Best Laptime: 1:56.841 Min

# 17 Otto Rensing/Michael Hess
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.6 Group 5
Not really surprising for some experts at the place, the normally-aspirated Group 5-derivative of the long-serving Carrera RSR with former DTM-regular Otto Rensing and owner/driver Michael Hess came in on a strong second spot. The car is a typical built-up on a Carrera-type bodyshell with a 3.6 litre-flat-six engine with an output of approximately 375 bhp. The bodyworks quotes the group 5-style extension mainly used in the World Championship of Manufacturers back in 1977 by some privateer drivers like Ekkehard Schimpf of Braunschweig, Germany. The paintwork is a derivative from the 1976-type Martini-colour scheme of the works-Porsche 935 with Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass. Proportions of wings and fenders are quite the same like 1976. Due to the high temperatures, a dark horse for victory in hot and sunny Italy.
Best laptime: 1:58.276 Min.

#40 Michael Kammermann
BMW M1 Procar/Group 4
First of four BMW M1 with the 480 bhp-strong M88-type six-cylindre-in-line engine in the grid of 23 cars. Kammermann of Switzerland is a highly-experienced historic racer with a 1979-spec. Procar-model.
Best laptime: 1.59,394 Min.

#6 Ronny Scheer
BMW M1 Procar/Group 4
Victorious with a Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth four weeks ago at the Lausitzring, the former motorcycle racer of Dresden, Germany, came in on fourth position in his 1980-spec. Procar-BMW M1, which was formerly used by brazilian Formula-1-world champion Nelson Piquet. Young german specialist Mike Heup is responsible for the restoration as well as for the race preparation.
Best laptime: 2:04.929 Min.

#63 Jürgen Adi Schumann
BMW 635 CSI Group 5
Like Ronny Scheer, german Touringcar Specialists of Saarbrücken has been changing cars since the DTM Classic Cup at Lausitzring. This time at Imola, their former DTM-machinery is not eligible – it´s just too young for the Revival of the famous Deutsche Automobil-Rennsportmeisterschaft, the predecessor the the DTM. Due to that, the brothers Jürgen and Peter Schumann took another bodyshell to build up a second BMW 635 CSI Coupé, this time with massive and spectacular aerodynamic devices.
Best laptime: 2:05.459 Min.

Four more featured participants:

#63 Hans-Ulirich Kainzinger
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Group 4
This light green racing Porsche has been built-up by former Le Mans-participant Michael Roock of Leverkusen, Germany, until last year´s September. Then, the 335-bhp-strong Group-4-version had its first outing at the Red Bull Ring in the frame of the DTM Classic Cup. Driven by its owner Hans-Ulrich „Uli“ Kainzinger of Düsseldorf, a strong second place in the overall was the first-ever result. Car came in on sixth position in the free practise session on friday afternoon.

#35 Franz Straub
De Tomaso Pantera Ford V8 1971
The engine specialist, situated in the german Bodensee-region, presents a red and flat coupé which he bought in the United States of America as a restoration project seven years ago. With about 600 bhp output, the 51-years-old coupé is one of the strongest cars in the grid. Franz Straub quotes, that he just wants to be a piece of the action, without further ambitions for glory. „I just use 50 percent of my car, not more“, he states. „Everything had to be manufactured, even the five-speed gearbox“.

#50 Marco Wagner
BMW M1 M88 Group 5/1981 BASF Cassetten, Team GS Sport
Maybe one of the most prominent and spectacular racecars on site, driven by the bavarian restoration specialist Marco Wagner, son of Fritz Wagner. He presents one of only two BMW M1 Group 5, Swiss engineer and constructor Peter Sauber realisized for the season of 1981. Hans-Joachim Stuck and Nelson Piquet were contracted for the maiden entry of Saubers second chassis, delivered to Gerhard Schneider of Freiburg, Germany. Sadly, their initial victory at the Nürburgring 1.000 kilometres race on the 24th of May 1981 was overshadowed by Herbert Müller´s fatal accident on the same occasion. Car was destroyed at Kyalami, South Africa, later the seasion, stored and restored by father and son Wagner until the year of 2018.

#11 Malte Müller-Wrede
Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0 Group
A broken oil-filter-fitting hose after one and a half laps on his flat six engine marked the sudden end of the first free practise session on friday. The Berlin-based racedriver, customer of Mücke Motorsport Classic, realised the situation and stopped his driving after maybe 300 metres – but still, the engine needs to the checked overnight. Due to that, the derived Group 3-version, mainly entered on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for endurance racing in the seventies, had to miss out the second free practise session on friday afternoon.

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