Solid start for both Penz13 bikes at the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans
Penz13.com to field two bikes at the finals at Le Mans
Böhlen/Le Mans. The final race of the FIM World Endurance Championship will take place this upcoming weekend with the legendary 24 hours race at the Circuit Bugatti at Le Mans. The Penz13.com Racing Team is going to field two bikes there and has two very different approaches: Whilst the Superstock bike of the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team is only nine points adrift of the leading team in the World Cup title, the Open-spec BMW S 1000 RR is going to do a real time test of “rock-around-the-clock” for next years 2015 EWC season.
Oschersleben, Germany. The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team made history by taking the first ever Pole Position of a Superstock bike at the FIM Endurance World Championship at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben today.
Penz13 wins the German Speedweek!
The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team took a back-to-back win of the German round of the FIM Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben today. Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP), Bastien Mackels (BEL) and Markus Reiterberger not only took a history breaking first ever Endurance World Championship pole position of a Superstock bike yesterday, but also the race win today. The BMW S 1000 RR fired squad got fourth overall in today’s race.
Strong first Qualifying at the German Speedweek in Oschersleben
1st Superstock, 5th overall
Oschersleben, Germany. The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team took off with a strong start at the German Speedweek with it’s riders Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP), Bastien Mackels (BEL) and Markus Reiterberger (GER). The BMW S 1000 RR squad ended the first Qualifying for the 8 hours of Germany of the FIM Endurance World Championship not only in the leading Superstock position, but also amongst the sharp end of the overall top riders.
In Free Practice it was the third fastest time overall and the team got a good base for their first Qualfiying. Vallcaneras, Mackels and Reiterberger were able to continue their setup work on the Penz13-BMW which had started on Wednesday.
In Qualifying it was Vallcaneras who rode the first session and lapped the Oschersleben circuit in 1:29,111 Minutes, which meant an improvement of almost half a second of his last year’s Qualfiying time. He was 14th in his group overall and 3rd in Superstock class.
The biggest sensation of the day came by Bastien Mackels: He not only classified himself on the overall top of his group but also threw out the fastest lap time of the whole day in 1:26,743 Minutes. In his group Mackels stayed 0,925 seconds clear of Honda Racing rider Sébastien Gimbert. The Belgian was one of only three riders that broke the 1:27 barrier today – on his Stock-spec BMW S 1000 RR.
Reigning German Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger rode the third Qualifying session and missed out on the top spot only by half a second. In 1:27,613 Minutes he stayed behind SRC Kawasaki rider Fabien Foret. Reiterberger didn’t get a free lap in and targets a significant improvement tomorrow.
The average of the fastest lap times of Vallcaneras, Mackels and Reiterberger meant a provisional 5th spot on the grid for the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team and the lead in the Superstock class. For the pole position there are only 0,356 sconds missing, the second fastest Superstock squad – Junior Team LMS Suzuki #72 – is holding in 11th spot.