Muhlner Team at the Nurburgring Horion eighth in the race, Dermont out with accident The Spa-Francorchamps based Muhlner Motorsport Team is running in the Porsche Michelin Supercup in the Belgian national colours with the support of the ...
Muhlner Team at the Nurburgring
Horion eighth in the race, Dermont out with accident
The Spa-Francorchamps based Muhlner Motorsport Team is running in the Porsche Michelin Supercup in the Belgian national colours with the support of the Belgian Porsche importers D'Ieteren.
The 3rd round of the championship at the Nurburgring began with a problem with the ignition-cut in the number 10 Muhlner Porsche driven by Geoffroy Horion. As the electronic systems on the Porsche one-make series are sealed, the Muhlner team were not allowed to try to find the problem themselves instead they had to refer to Porsche. The Porsche engineers did their best, checking all the parameters and re-calibrating everything and it was thought that the problem had been eradicated for qualifying. Unfortunately this was not the case and Horion continued to have problems with the ignition-cut and was thus unable to get the optimum out of the car. P11 was disappointing but, allowing for the time loss through not being able to use the power shift system, it was apparent that the Muhlner Team had found a good set-up. David Dermont in the second Muhlner Porsche was 19th, ahead of former World rally Champion Colin McRae.
To be on the safe side, the Muhlner mechanics changed the complete transmission on Horion's car and prepared both cars with a race set-up to allow both drivers to attack for the whole race distance. After a good start and exciting duelling, Horion worked his way up to 8th place. Dermont was also on his way to a points finish, as in Bahrain and Imola, as he tried in the penultimate lap an attack on McRae which unfortunately didn't work and resulted in retirement for both of them.
"After the podium in Imola, Nurburgring was unfortunately a sobering experience. Due to the ignition-cut problem, Geoffroy was unable to get a representative qualifying position and so better than 8th in the race was not achievable. And with the attack on McRae, David ruined his own chances of a points finish" summarised team boss Bernhard Muhlner the weekend.
From the Nurburgring the Muhlner Team can now make a quick visit back to base at Francorchamps to prepare the cars, and repair accident damage, before a quick turnaround and off to Barcelona for the next round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup this coming weekend.