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Rally and Endurance

Tuesday 28th June 2011


‘Team Peugeot RCZ Nokia’ that has dominated the diesel class of the four and six-hour races of the Nürburgring–based VLN series, proved it has staying power as well as speed by achieving a dominant class victory in last weekend’s 24 hour event at the incomparable German circuit.

Following the loss of its black-coloured sister car to an accident some three and half hours into the race, the white RCZ of Michael Bohrer, Stéphane Caillet, Jürgen Nett and Alexandre Premat assumed the class lead and eventually claimed victory by no less than three laps, having covered 2061.96 miles at an average speed of 85.87 mph.

Delighted to achieve its season-long ambition of success in this much-vaunted annual marathon, the team was quick to recognise the fundamental role of its Kumho tyres - slick, intermediate and full wet versions all of which were employed during the event. Making the right tyre choice throughout was, of course, a crucial element and the knowledgeable technical support of Mark Hamnett (Kumho’s European Motorsport Division) and JT Kim (Kumho’s R&D Centre) undoubtedly aided the success.

The unique statistics of the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour race include the number of:

Spectators – 250,000
Drivers - 783
Cars – 210
Car brands involved -27
Hours of TV coverage - 26

Remarked Kumho’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson, “This was a memorable result for this ever-improving team and ourselves – it is very rewarding to see our tyres working in such obvious harmony with a race car, come rain or shine. We now look forward to assisting the Peugeots to further success in the remaining VLN races and, hopefully, continuing their dominance of the diesel class. The next event is on July 30.”

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