Schreiner P6 overall, extraordinary NLS4 for women at the Nordschleife
With a sixth place overall, Carrie Schreiner had an outstanding return to GT3 at the Nordschleife, also marked by class victories by Janine Shoffner and Chantal Prinz in the third round of the NLS season.
The third round of the NLS season - effectively NLS4, after the postponement of NLS2 for adverse weather - took place on a dry and sunny day at the Nordschleife, with 121 teams at the start the race. Among them, a smaller than usual number of women were tackling the Green Hell. Carrie Schreiner - who had started the season with the 'Girls Only' team in the SP8 class, announced she would switch to the Schnitzelalm Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 after the 24-hour race, sharing the car with Peter Terting.
The two drivers shared the car for the first time at the final round of the GT Winter Series, where they scored two class victories.
GT racing star Carrie Schreiner, 23, returned to the Nordschleife in a GT3 car for the second time, having made her debut last year in a one-off appearance at the wheel of the Racing One Ferrari 488 GT3. NLS4, though, represented her first start at the track with Terting.
But Schreiner was not the only female racer at the start of the race, as Nurburgring veterans Janine Shoffner, Sophia Gachot and Chantal Prinz also started the four hour race on Saturday.
The story of the race
It was a maiden victory for German all-rounder René Rast, together with Jakub Giermaziak (Scherer Sport Team Phoenix). The duo claimed the victory after four hours of exciting racing at the Nordschleife. And it was no easy victory, as the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 of Christian Krognes and Sami-Matti Trogen tried their best to get the win, but after a tough battle and some brilliant position changes, Krognes was lost in the traffic in the final laps of the race, and had no chance against Rast and Giermaziak. In third position, the #5 Scherer Sport Team Phoenix Audi of Vincent Kolb and Frank Stippler rounded out the podium.
At their first race together, Carrie Schreiner and Peter Terting brought home an outstanding sixth place outright for Schnitzelalm Racing, having conducted a really solid race with steady race pace.
"We finished 6th in our first NLS race together. Who expected that? I’m so happy. Can’t wait for the next one", Carrie wrote.
Janine Shoffner was back at the Nordschleife together with Moritz Kranz and had no easy beginning. After an infringement during a yellow phase in qualifying, the duo - who are competing also in their first campaign in International GT Open - was forced to start from the pack of the class field with their Mercedes-AMG GT3 by GetSpeed. But with a great performance from both drivers, they were able to score a remarkable victory in class and were P8 overall - the best possible comeback!
"I missed the Nordschleife, it's nice to be back", Shoffner wrote. "And then being able to claim a class win straight away feels great."
Sophia Gachot was of course not missing either at this round of NLS, together with Jérôme Larbi and Reiner Neuffer at the wheel of a Porsche Cayman by MSC Adenau e.V. im ADAC. They finished P5 in class and P88 overall.
This time as a trio, Chantal Prinz, Alexander Prinz and Michael Kroll entered the NSL4 in their BMW M3 E46 GTR by Hofor-Racing. In a class of two cars, they were clearly the best and finished P1 in class to add another victory to their resumé. They were P58 overall.
NLS5 - the ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race, is scheduled for Saturday 9th July, where more female racers are expected to return to NLS.