Falken Motorsports confirms drivers for 2012 N24 campaign
Drivers for both Falken-equipped Porsches confirmed for this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hour Race.
With just over a week to go until the Nürburgring 24h-Race (May 17th-20th) kicks off, Falken has announced the drivers for the two Porsches running its tyres. Following a stunning performance last year, the Falken Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 R will be piloted by the tried and tested line-up of Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger. For 38-year-old Brit Peter Dumbreck this is his fifth race for the Japanese tyre manufacturer on the Nordschleife circuit. He is supported by Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler, who also drivers an RSR Porsche for Falken in the ALMS. Henzler’s ALMS Falken teammate, Martin Ragginger, a former GT2 class winner of the 24-hour racing classic at Spa and Sebastian Asch complete the line up. Asch, an automotive engineering student and son of Porsche’s most successful cup driver, Roland Asch is intimately familiar with the “Green Hell” race course, captivating onlookers with sensationally fast lap times during the night in last year’s race.
Also running Falken tyres this year is the legendary HARIBO Racing Team. Its renowned Porsche 911 GT3 R runs Falken tyres in both the VLN and the 24h-Race. “The initial VLN rounds went well for us, the Falken tyres performed superbly in the mixed track conditions of the Nürburgring,” explains Marco Alfter, HARIBO’s head of corporate communications. The HARIBO Racing Team features German drivers Christian Menzel, Mike Strusberg and Hans-Guido Riegel, along with French racer Emmanuel Collard. All four team members all are seasoned endurance racers, run by a team with considerable experience at the Nürburgring.
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The technology and development of Falken High Performance Tyres and their driving characteristics have for many years been derived from motorsport, most recently its participation in the American Le Mans Series and Nürburgring 24 Hours. Tyre technologies developed on track are often transferred to the road, offering improvements in wet and dry grip, efficiency, feeling and control.
Falken is a brand of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Japan, with European headquarters in Frankfurt. In Europe, Falken has aggressively expanded its product range, launching new products in new sectors and niches across Europe. Falken’s current products range from the track-inspired Azenis series including the latest FK453 flagship through to the efficient and innovative ZE914 and the rugged all-terrain WildPeak A/T and cold weather HS439.
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Motorsport has formed the basis for both the technology and development of FALKEN High Performance Tyres. FALKEN racing tyres demonstrate their quality and performance in the most challenging race series in the world including the Super Taikyu Series, the American Le Mans Series and the legendary 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring. Falken has a growing range of performance tyres for both on and off road. Its latest tyres include the FK453CC, a tyre specifically developed to meet the exacting demands of the performance SUV sector.
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