Nurburgring 24h Beetle notes #4

HIPPIES GOES TO THE NURBURGRING 13th July 1998 QUALIFYING NEWS BEETLE HITS THE HEADLINES IN GERMANY The Australian attack on the famous Nurburgring 24-Hours in Germany is receiving unprecedented attention in the home of Volkswagon. After ...

HIPPIES GOES TO THE NURBURGRING 13th July 1998 QUALIFYING NEWS

BEETLE HITS THE HEADLINES IN GERMANY

The Australian attack on the famous Nurburgring 24-Hours in Germany is receiving unprecedented attention in the home of Volkswagon.

After qualifying, the Hippies VW Beetle was 125th out of 155 cars which will do battle on the historic 22 kilometre circuit.

"The Germans are going absolutely bezerk over the Beetle, it really has become a cult car," Team boss Ross Palmer said.

"While we are only battling with some of the smaller class cars, the Beetle is getting equal status in the German media with the outright contenders.

"Our garage area is being swamped with race fans. Not only is it the first chance for many Germans to actually see the car, they can't believe we are really racing it.

"The conditions here have been pretty grim with fog and rain but we are quietly working away and confident we will be there at the finish."

Team have been trying to dial out understeer in the car by changes springs and ride heights, while still allowing plenty of track time for Nurburgring rookies Damien White and Melinda Price.

"It's certainly not as bad as it looks on paper," Melinda said.

"It is a very enjoyable circuit to drive but some of the traffic out there can be pretty fierce. There a lot of teams out there going for glory which probably won't see out the first hour, let alone 24 hours."

With fog and rain lashing the circuit during the evening qualifying session, the team also is trying to improve the cars lighting and demisting system.

"The weather is pretty pleasant this morning, but the car was fogging up badly last night," Peter McKay said.

"Fixing those problems are the top priority of the day before the race kicks off this afternoon at 4.00pm."

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Series General
Drivers Melinda Price , Damien White