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MEYLE Performance Update

MEYLE Performance Update

ADAC GT Master - T3 Motorsport back from its summer break

At the beginning of August, the time had finally come: After two months, the "League of Super Sports Cars" returned from its summer break. The third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters took place in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, from August 9th to 11th. The 4.307-kilometre-long dune course on the North Sea is a real challenge for the drivers. Typical coastal weather was added on the race weekend. Due to the changing weather conditions, the two T3 motorsport drivers Maximilian Paul and William Tregurtha initially found it difficult. Paul reached 24th place in his qualifying on a wet track, but was able to work his way up to 18th place in the race before the driver change. Tregurtha also had a good run in the second half of the race in dry but stormy weather. In the penultimate lap and after he had already worked his way up to position 12, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was hit by an opponent. It was impossible to continue. After a long night full of work and thanks to outstanding team spirit, the Audi was ready for action again on Sunday. Highly motivated, Tregurtha went into the second race of the weekend, but already had slight contact with a competitor on the first kilometres. The resulting vibrations threw the team back in the race. Both drivers gave their all until the finish, but were unable to catch up. In the end it was enough for the junior team to finish 27th: "It was a weekend with ups and downs. What I'm most happy about is that we worked very well as a team despite the setbacks and held together very well," says Jens Feucht, Team Principal of T3 Motorsport, summarising the weekend.

After only a few days of breather, the ADAC GT Masters was a guest at Germany's most popular racetrack, the Nürburgring, from 16 to 18 August. Despite promising results in qualifying, luck was not on the side of T3 Motorsport in the Eifel either. In the qualifying sessions Tregurtha and Paul both finished 17th. In the first run Tregurtha lost valuable time already in the first corner. "These lost positions can hardly be made up in the strong field of the GT Masters", he declared his 24th place at the end of the race. Paul didn't get any better on the second day of the race either: Already on the first lap, a competitor turned around, Paul couldn't avoid his opponent in the narrow midfield and had to park his Audi R8 LMS GT3. "Everyone in the team is fully committed and gives more than one hundred percent even in difficult situations. But unfortunately, luck isn't always on our side, which is of course frustrating. On the other hand, it's very nice that our achievements are recognised by sponsors and partners. This shows us that our concept is not wrong and that as a young team we are on the right track, which we will consistently continue", says Feucht. DOWNLOAD press picture

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MEYLE Performance - MEYLE parts in motorsports: from race track to road

"Better parts and solutions for the independent aftermarket": this is the MEYLE credo. In order to live up to this claim, motorsports have played a central role in product development at MEYLE for many years. This is because motorsports in particular demand top performance from all vehicle parts: They have to withstand particularly high loads - and they have to be extremely reliable. Just fractions of a second on the racetrack decide whether you win or lose. That's why it's important that even the smallest component delivers guaranteed high performance.

Since this season, T3 Motorsport has also been relying on MEYLE's manufacturing expertise: The Hamburg-based manufacturer supports the team around the two young drivers Maximilian Paul and William Tregurtha in their more than 580-hp Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters as a technical cooperation partner. In addition, an Audi RS3 LMS TCR and a VW Scirocco Cup are used as part of the NES 500 and 24H Series. The racing cars are equipped with high-quality MEYLE parts and the MEYLE engineers are supporting all operations on the race track as technical cooperation partners. But MEYLE does not only contribute to the technical equipment of the racing cars. With every kilometre covered on the race track, the engineers collect large amounts of data and essential findings, which flow directly into the development of new parts and part optimisation.

In addition to the technical data recorded during the race weekends, the subjective feedback of the drivers is an important aspect for the engineers. The factory-fitted support joints, especially in the VW Scirocco Cup, showed conspicuous features when driving over curbs in corners, which led to an early end in the race. On the basis of feedback from T3 Motorsport, MEYLE engineers tested the originally used support joint. They developed and optimised the design of the pin in the carrying joint, which is already produced in small series in the company's own production facilities and installed in the racing cars. It will be used for the first time at the NES 500 Long Distance Championship. The declared goal: to prevent the failure of the supporting joint and finally to score important championship points. "With MEYLE, we have experts at our side who apply their expertise and understanding exactly where the parts are to be subjected to maximum stress. And I can confirm that without exception. Due to the high quality of the installed parts, we are able to score important points during the races," says Jens Feucht, Managing Director of T3 Motorsport GmbH. DOWNLOAD press picture

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Truck Racing - Outstanding race to catch up in Most

In front of 89,600 spectators, MAN pilot Sascha Lenz went on a hunt for points at the 5th round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship on the Autodrom in Most, Czech Republic. In the first race on Saturday, Lenz had to accept a puncture and contest the second race from the rear. With a lot of frustration on his back, the MAN pilot did an outstanding race to catch up, which was rewarded with a 5th place and victory in the team ranking for "Löwen Power". On Sunday morning the spectators were pampered with wonderful summer weather, but due to heavy rain both races had to be cancelled. Lenz is currently ranked 7th in the drivers' standings and second in the teams' standings. Now it's time: Waiting for Zolder. In just under two weeks, from 13 to 15 September, the 6th of a total of 8 race weekends of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship will take place in Belgium. DOWNLOAD press picture

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Full throttle with MEYLE - To be continued in September:

The 2019 motorsport season is heading for its climax. Next month, the ADAC GT Masters, Truck Racing and Drifting will be back on track again. September will be particularly exciting for the T3 Motorsport team: in the middle of the month the ADAC GT Masters will complete its laps at the Hockenheimring before the season finale will be held at the Sachsenring at the end of September. Here the two drivers Maximilian Paul and William Tregurtha can show what they can do one last time and collect last important championship points.

13.09. – 15.09.2019                  ADAC GT Masters, Hockenheimring (DE)

14.09. – 15.09.2019                  SL Trucksport 30, FIA ETRC, Circuit Zolder (BEL)

15.09. – 15.09.2019                  DRIFT UNITED, Tuning Day, Geesthacht (DE)

26.09. – 29.09.2019                  DRIFT UNITED, NUFAM, Karlsruhe (DE)

27.09. – 29.09.2019                  ADAC GT Masters, Sachsenring (DE)

28.09. – 29.09.2019                  SL Trucksport 30, FIA ETRC, Le Mans (FR)

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