All on Horst for 24 Hour race at Nurburgring
It's that wonderful time of the year. Nurburgring is packed. It's 24 hour race time! The day all the teams have been waiting for and preparing and qualifying with their cars for the past season. From big manufacturer sponsored racecar teams to private individuals. We've been following the various Toyota teams for the past years who participate this year too with 86, GT86 and LF-A. But this year another team is joining - All on Horst! The project name of this team as they are just about ready to race. Horst is the name of their Subaru BRZ that has been prepared by this private low budget team.
The team consisted of 4 drivers - Armin Schwarz, Mark Wallenwein, Lutz Richter and Ingo Bender.
Unfortunately Mark Wallenwein was injured badly in a crash during a race for the german rallye Championship and will not be able to race the 24H. So the team would have to make through the race with 3 drivers. 10 days before the race Reiner Bastuck joined the team!
It started as a fun project. They wanted to be different and gave the project the name: All on Horst! as Horst is their BRZ.
The team chose the BRZ because there was no BRZ in the 24H challenge but quite a few of GT86. They talked to Subaru Germany and made a deal with them. Of course the Subaru had to look like Petter Solbergs STI. Pretty much retro! Participant teams need to race 3 times in the Nürburgring Nordschleife at VLN to qualify for the 24H race.
They went to their first race in October 2013 with an almost original BRZ and had to put the stickers on it right in the pits! Their equipment was a case of tools and two sets of wheels. 3 drivers and 2 mechanics did work hard during the night and made it to and through the race.
In January they took the BRZ to Ivalo in Finland and did some Rallye testing there. Including running on ice :)
In March the BRZ went back to Germany and team had another 14 days to prepare it for the next race. Some modifications like an custom made exhaust, the Ohlins Suspension and taking out the AC and the Subaru was getting closer to the racing GT86 cars of N24H.
Completing the final VLN Race on Nürburgring on 17th of May the team had passed the 3 qualyfying races to be permitted in racing the N24.
The Horst went to the AMI Motor Exhibition in Leipzig, which is the 2nd biggest car exhibition in Germany, standing next to Works WRX STI NBR from Japan.
10 days before the race the team realized they had a common problem these cars tend to have - after racing for longer periods the direct injector seals detoriate as the stock ECU map is quite harsh in its first revisions. The only option was to quickly get a race spec ecu map from Swiss GT86 team.
Now the team is ready, passed some practice runs and two qualifying runs! In the morning another qualification run and then the race starts and goes till Sunday!
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Alltogether on the FT86 train have jumped these teams, running in the V3 class:
- #191 Toyota Swiss Racing Team Toyota GT86
- #192 Toyota Swiss Racing Team Toyota GT86
- #192 Alles auf Horst Subaru BRZ
- #199 Dörr Motorsport GmbH Toyota TMG GT86 Cup
- #200 Dörr Motorsport GmbH Toyota TMG GT86 Cup
- #201 MSC-Rhön e.V. i. ADAC Toyota GT86 Cup
- #202 Royal Auto-Moto-Club Sankt Vith Toyota GT86
- #207 Dörr Motorsport GmbH Toyota TMG GT86 Cup
- #208 Dörr Motorsport GmbH Toyota TMG GT86 Cup