Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport had good reasons to celebrate on Sunday evening at the Hockenheimring, because Nils Mierschke won two titles in his Ford Fiesta ST in Div. II of the ADAC Procar series – and that although this was his first season! In 2008 already, rhino's Leipert and Christopher Mies won the championship in Div. II of the ADAC Procar series, and in 2010, the team and Benedikt Boeckels were runner-up.
This season, Nils Mierschke and his rhino's Leipert Ford Fiesta ST showed the experienced Guido Thierfelder where second place is – with 5 points in the lead. Furthermore, Mierschke became Procar Rookie champion with 48.1 points ahead, and last but not least, the team won the team championship with a five point lead. So, this was an absolutely brilliant season!
In race 1, Mierschke held starting position 2. Shortly after the start, he took over the lead but had to let Thierfelder overtake only some time later; but Mierschke knew in both races that he only had to finish the race directly behind his keenest competitor for the title if he wanted to stay in the lead. Consequently, Mierschke did not take any unnecessary risks and finished a thrilling race in his Fiesta ST in second place which made him champion – a title he truly deserves.
Team Manager Ingo Leipert explained: "Nils has proven his worth over the entire season and has been one of the top drivers right from the start. Apart from one race, he has always had a podium position. Despite some problems before the race, he kept his cool. He is keen and has fully cooperated with our team and he really deserves the title! Of course, it is also wonderful to become team champion again. The titles are also a reward for our team as it was totally committed and guaranteed operations in 5 different championships (ADAC Procar, ATS F3 Cup, ADAC GT Masters, Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA GT3) with three different vehicle concepts, so, big thanks also to these boys!"
Press release - Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe
Leipert Motorsport: Sensational race weekend with overall victory by Jeroen Mul
The 3rd race of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe season 2014 started in southern France at Circuit Paul Ricard, nearby Le Castellet.
Automobili Lamborghini RACING TEAM GERMANY participated again with their two well-known Lamborghini Super Trofeos # 21 (Carina Lima - Portugal) and # 22 (Jeroen Mul - Netherlands). At this weekend Carina was assisted from a co-driver: The portuguese Alexandre Martins.
During the first free practice session Jeroen Mul already has been set a sign for this weekend with his first place. Carina Lima and Alexandre Martins had to familiarise oneself with the unknown track in the heavily starting field of 28 cars.
The following qualifying went according to the plan for Jeroen Mul #22 : Due to the extremely high outside temperatures the team had decided to send Jeroen only for a few laps into the quali to save the tires. After 5 laps he cracked the pole-time - and came back into the pits. Not till two laps of the end of the Quali adversary Piscopo has cracked Jeroen pole-time, after 11 completed laps . Therefore Jeroen finished the qualification in the front row of starting-position 2 for the first race. This fact was okay because of Jeroens better tires for the races. The driver duo of # 21 - Carina Lima / Alexandre Martins - finished the qualifying with a reasonably position 23.
Race 1 started on Saturday, on time at 10.15am. Even though the red lights evidentially were not out at the race-start, Pavlovic / Piscopo in grid position 1 and its Bonaldi teammates at positions 3 and 4 pushed at the same time the gas pedal and thus lost Mul directly at the start of the race his 2nd position. He accepted the red lights because he don't want to risk a drive-through penalty. So he came out of the first corner in position 4. During the race he has shown the spectators and his team thrilling duels and overtaking of the two cars in front of him. He finished the first race in overall position 2 - pleasure for his team Leipert Motorsport/Automobili Lamborghini RACING TEAM GERMANY. #21 Carina Lima and Alexandre Martins crossed the finish line after an exciting race in position 23.
Race 2 started on Saturday at 4.15pm, under clear blue sky and heat records. Now all the drivers respected the starting lights and Jeroen Mul in the # 22 was able to defend his second place. During the first half of the race two cars are able to overtake Jeroen at the same time in an unlucky moment. He could follow the trio without problems, but due to the high temperatures the tires lost grip and he couldn't pass the other cars.
Through a tactically well-planned pit stop strategy of the team Jeroen came in the pits directly after opening of the pit stop window. He came back on the track just behind the leader. During the second part of the race he was able to overtake the leader Vavaroussis. Jeroen Mul crossed the finish line as the winner and reached his third overall victory during the season - after his double victory at Silverstone. # 21 Carina Lima / Alexandre Martins were happy about a good position 23 from 28 started cars.
Team Owner Ingo Leipert: "We are proud of the victory and 2nd place by Jeroen Mul. In the overall standings of the PRO-Category he is still one point behind the leading duo Pavlovic / Piscopo. We look forward to the next race on our home track - the Ardennes rollercoaster at Spa-Francorchamps. Jeroen will reshuffle the pack. For reasons of time Carina Lima is not able to start the race in Spa-Francorchamps, but Alexandre Martins will participate with car 21 without co-driver. "
From 27th to 30th August 2010, the sixth championship weekend of the ADAC GT Masters tournament was held at the Nurburgring where 23 racing cars started races 11 and 12 of the “League of the dream racing cars” as part of the FIA GT1 World Championships.But before, team rhino’s Leipert first had to overcome a few problems since they had suffered an engine failure at the Lausitzring. During the last 10 days before the races at the Nurburgring, the team had excelled organizationally in order to fix the engine of the “exotic” Ascari KZ1R GT3. With the help of engine manufacturer Judd Engine Developments from England and great commitment of some specialists, “Mission Nurburgring” had been completed successfully after several nightshifts – just in time for drivers Norman Knop from Willich and Roland Rehfeld from Berlin to take part in the free practice on this traditional racing circuit on Thursday afternoon.Both sessions on Thursday were used for set-up works. During the following qualifying on Friday, Norman Knop finished 9th and Roland Rehfeld finished 17th for both races. The Nurburgring doesn’t seem to be one of the favourite circuits of the Ascari GT3, because certain “problems” with competitors on the race track which led to this average qualifying result came up during qualifying already.Race 11 started on Saturday at 12 o’clock sharp. Right after the start, first driver Norman Knop immediately had raced forward from 9th to 7th position when an Audi R8 hit the back tyre that faces the inner bend whilst Knop was breaking in the first bend so Knop needed all his might to keep the car on track. Two sections later, he couldn’t prevent the car from spinning as the result of a duel, so the Ascari finished last in 23rd place. During the following rounds, Knop raced courageously and gained 9 places (position 14) to hand over the car to Roland Rehfeld from Berlin at half-time. The latter then continued the race and powered forward into a well deserved 7th place after some spectacular duels. The Ascari drivers and their team were rewarded by much applause from the spectators after this super race from position 23 to position 7.Race 12 started at noon on Sunday. The team felt strong after their success on Saturday and so they were ready for a good race and sure to win points from starting position 17. Unfortunately though, some competitors “intervened”. They especially went for rhino’s Leipert Ascari and damaged its chassis. The justified booking of the culprits in form of a black/white flag unfortunately didn’t really help Rehfeld and Knop, and so a the truly battered Ascari rolled across the finish line in 11th place after a 60 minute racing distance.Ingo Leipert is convinced:”This weekend, we raced into the points on Saturday which really pleased us. After all the problems we have had to overcome between the Lausitzring and the Nurburgring, we can be quite contented with this weekend’s result. Those many bashes during the races threw us back a bit, but I guess this is part of the game if you don’t race among the pick of the bunch as we have done so far. We are sure that we can get back to our old strength for the end-of-season races at Oschersleben in order to fight for a podium position once again.”The end of season races of the ADAC GT Masters are held at Oschersleben during the first weekend in October and can be seen on Kabel 1 as usual on Saturday and Sunday at 12 o’clock. ADAC has confirmed that TV broadcast and live footage of the coming season 2011 is within the hands of commercial broadcaster Kabel 1. Furthermore, there will be 8 further events which probably take place in Germany (5 times) and once each in Holland, Belgium, and Austria. ADAC GT Masters racing dates 09–11 April Oschersleben (Germany) 07–09 May Sachsenring (Germany)28–30 May Hockenheim (Germany)16–18 July Assen (NL) 13–15 August EuroSpeedway (Germany)27–29 August Nürburgring (Germany)01–03 October Oschersleben (Germany)