( Motorsport-Total. com)– Martin Tomczyk’s curious function at the weekend in the 24- hour race at the Nürburgring 2023: On the one hand, the 2011 DTM champ is among the chauffeurs in the Scherer PHX. On the other hand, considering that this year he has actually been the sports director at Abt. And this racing group utilizes a cars and truck in the leading class SP9 in the 24- hour race. In a manner, Tomczyk is driving versus his own group– and making a distinction at that.
Martin Tomczyk: Sporting Director at Lamborghini-Team Abt, however driver at Phoenix-Audi
The cars and truck that Tomczyk shares as co-driver with Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider is the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II with beginning number 40, which has actually been established with factory assistance from Audi. The cars and truck is signed up with the Audi Scherer PHX group, for brief. PHX conceals Ernst Moser’s Phoenix group.
On the other hand, the automobile that Tomczyk (on paper) takes care of as sports director is the number 27 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2, which was utilized for the very first time by Abt Sportsline. This automobile will be driven by Kelvin van der. Linde, Marco Mapelli, Jordan Pepper and Nicki Thiim. ( Complete list of individuals for the 24 h Nürburgring 2023)
How did it take place that at the peak of the racing season at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, Tomczyk handled the curious function of Audi group driver and Lamborghini group sporting director at the very same time?
” The choice that I will drive once again was made prior to I talked with Thomas in any method about the dedication,” Tomczyk stated in an interview with ‘Motorsport-Total. com’ about Abt CEO Thomas Biermaier and stated: “Otherwise it would have been possible. It is comprehended that it did not take place.”
” But I accepted Audi and it was clear that I would do the very same. Given that I concurred and they believed a lot, Thomas and Hans-Jürgen comprehended. [Abt] there,” Tomczyk states and exposes: “I can anticipate that this will be my last time.”
Tomczyk exposes: Audi’s cockpit “was turned down initially”
” Actually, I declined two times at the start,” states Abt’s sporting director relating to the Audi and Phoenix program. And why, after being turned down two times, was it accepted? “Once Mike Rockenfeller called me and amazed me up until I stated: OK, then I’ll do it.”
Tomczyk drives an Audi in an unique 40 th Anniversary Audi Sport design with Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider
” Looking back,” Tomczyk continued, “I need to state that it’s a total story. 40 years of Quattro GmbH, then 3 chauffeurs who have actually currently driven in Phoenix, 3 Audi champs seriously. [Moser] together. Great to see this plan. And it’s likewise good to see the guts of Audi Sport, due to the fact that nowadays it’s no longer common to get rid of such a job out of the blue.”
Tomczyk “out of operation” at Abt 24 hour weekend
Now the concern develops to what degree Tomczyk, as an Audi driver from Scherer PHX, will likewise be associated with what takes place around Abt-Lamborghini at the weekend? “I’m going to withdraw from the racetrack. Thomas [Biermaier] he flies for me,” he states, firmly insisting: “I need to make an extremely clear separation there. You can’t blend it up since that will just wreak havoc.”
Abt-Lamborghini will be driven by Kelvin van der Linde, Marco Mapelli, Jordan Pepper, Nicki Thiim.
However, Tomczyk was straight associated with the production of Abt’s program. He existed at the very first 2 races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and likewise at the preparation test for the 24- hour race.
He was simply at the Audi in the 24- hour certifying. “We have actually developed the structure. Whatever must work. I trust my kids there,” he states in his function as Abt’s sporting director.
In summary, Tomczyk talk about his double function with these words: “I believe it’s terrific that I’m driving once again. I likewise believe it’s a pity that I can’t get involved in the 24- hour race with Lamborghini. for the very first time. “
Tomczyk’s winning idea: The Abt Lamborghini
In his function as a driver, Tomczyk has actually just recently taken the podium two times in the Eifel 24 Hours. In 2020 he ended up third in Schnitzer BMW with Augusto Farfus, Jens Klingmann and Sheldon van der Linde.
In 2021 he completed second in Rowe-BMW with Marco Wittmann, Connor de Phillippi and once again Sheldon van der Linde. Tomczyk did not contend in 2015. Is he now going for success in his “extremely last time” this year?
” I do not anticipate the top place from now,” Tomczyk smiles and rather thinks in Abt’s program by stating: “Den. [ersten Platz] Lamborghini wins.”