ABT wins #RCCO24, Voigt the title
18.11.2018 ABT has won the 24-hour race of the “big small” RCCO electric racing series for the first time. At the much-noted premiere at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Team NEXGENracing with the ABT Vision RCCO celebrated a dominant lights-to-flag victory from pole position. Thomas Voigt (Audi) is the RCCO Champion.
Successful premiere at the Autostadt
The 24-hour race of the RCCO that has been held since 1991 took place at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg for the first time. The event attracted a large number of visitors to the Pavilion and featured a spectacular endurance race. A superior performance was delivered by the two ABT teams, NEXGENracing and mag channel racer, that competed together with their ABT Vision RCCO at the Autostadt. Although NEXGENracing – just like Joest Racing – was able to race only with a special permission from the RCCO because they did not manage to sign the guest entrants from motorsport prescribed by the regulations the squad around Robert Müller, Andreas Göhring and Frank Wilke showed an impressive performance. From pole position, the ABT Vision RCCO increasingly pulled clear of their immediate rivals hour by hour. After 24 hours, Robert Müller, Gine Peters, Christian Wilke and Alan Fauvel had a 75-lap advantage over the Lamborghini team from Joest Racing that had to race without Ralf Jüttner this time. “Except for some tyre issues on the last stint that affected the other teams earlier than us our car was running fantastically from free practice on,” said Robert Müller after scoring his fifth victory in total in the RCCO24. For the only lady in the field, Gine Peters, this marked the fifth win in the classic endurance race as well. Youngsters Christian Wilke and Alan Fauvel won for the first time.
Thrilling battle for position two
Equally thrilling as the dominant victory clinched by the ABT squad was the battle for second place. Positions between the teams of Lamborghini (Joest Racing), Volkswagen Motorsport-Phoenix Racing and Audi (tv racing) kept changing throughout the night. Also decisive in the outcome of the race were massive tyre issues that hit all four teams with varying intensity. In some cases after just a short time of driving, the rubber on the rear wheels would dissolve, causing the shape of the tyres to change into an oblong one, with some of them no longer being drivable. “We and the Lamborghini squad were the first to be hit by this,” said five-time RCCO24 winner Frank Biela. “Unfortunately, we realised far too late what the problem was and drove too long on the first set of tyres. Even so, it was a great event.” In the end, Joest Racing with the two pairs of brothers, Eldert/Jan Hedden and Carsten/Volker Paulun, secured second place and Volkswagen Motorsport-Phoenix Racing with Daniel Bäumler, Jürgen Jungklaus, Kim Hauschild, Stefan Waschow and Jörg Schumacher position three.
Last year’s winners with problems
Whereas for tv racing with Frank Biela, Axel Woltmann, Andreas Zschorsch and Thomas Voigt and Scuderia Suedschleife.com with Schaeffler brand ambassador Mike Rockenfeller, Ossi Kragl, Philip Freitag, Boris Liebich and anchor Martin Kummerow the podium was within reach, last year’s victorious KTM Team PROTOTYP-Shell with Björn Skottke, Wolfgang Warnecke, Oliver Schmidt, Gary Hassler and Ralph Bohnhorst from the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben surprisingly had to settle for sixth place. A technical defect of the lamp system had caused the KTM X-BOW Vision RCCO to lose a lot of ground early. During the night the team also had to change the motor.
Decision in title race already produced on Friday
The thrilling title race in the “big small” racing series was produced ahead of time, on Friday night. Record champion Thomas Voigt with a hard-fought second place in the RCCO Supersprint secured an early win of his first drivers’ title since the 2013 season, defeating his title rival Björn Skottke by a narrow margin in a direct duel in the final. The cars were separated only by centimetres at the finish. The teams’ classification and the Media Cup (BILD Hamburg) went to the Audi squad of tv racing as well. The KTM team celebrated victory in the manufacturers’ classification. Gine Peters with her victory in the 24-hour race at the last moment secured the ladies’ title once more. Joanna Wessel is rookie of the year.
2018 RCCO Champions
Driver: Thomas Voigt (Audi)
Team: tv racing (Audi)
Media Cup: BILD Hamburg
Ladies: Gine Peters
Rookie of the year: Joanna Wessel
Home victory for Volkswagen
In the RCCO Supersprint on the eve of the 24-hour race, Volkswagen scored their first victory this season in the “big small” racing series. GT racer Kim Hauschild with his Volkswagen Golf GTE Vision RCCO in the final prevailed against his two title rivals, Thomas Voigt and Björn Skottke, who had directly qualified for the final with victories in the preceding heats. After a collision with the new RCCO Champion Thomas Voigt, Hauschild initially had to take the detour via the B-final, but in the end scored a clear victory anyhow.