Feb.13, 2010 • Category Racing
this year will be a very busy one for me. I will continue racing with Manthey and Porsche on the Nürburgring/ Nordschleife where we try to defend our 24h victories and of course trying to be again strong in the VLN races. Last year was one of my best years up there with five 24h wins in total and five VLN Overall wins in 2010 I had an amazing race season and fights. The Nordschleife will always be something special for me…
Further, I am working on a deal in GT3 Racing. I wont be able to tell you more at this time but I can tell you it will be a really nice package.
Probably I can tell you more in a view days…. 😉
…and every year its the same: I can’t wait for the 2010 Season to start !
I am just coming back from an amazing trip to Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong.
Same as last year I was invited as an Instructor and special guest by the Japanese Porsche Club, Roppongi and Manthey Motors Far East.
This time it was an Ice-training about 3 Hours from Tokyo. That was a great experience to drive the Manthey Porsche M700 on Ice ;-).
We had a lot of fun and I was driving most of the Members around the Ice course. It was nice to see how much they enjoyed it.
On the last day before I was flying to Hong Kong one of the guys invited me over to his house in Tokyo. He and his friend’s organized an amazing private party. They prepared a nice Dinner and we had a great time drinking Shoshu and Sake. 😉
For me that was a nice ending of my Japan Trip.
Next morning I left to Hong Kong. The purpose was to visit a friend of mine from Monaco but at the end it was much more then that. I met an old friend that I haven’t seen for about 9 Years. She is living there and already has two kids. My god time is flying 😉 . As well another friend who is living at the moment close by in China came over and joined me. Together we did the tourist tour and discovered Hong Kong and surrounding. Also on of my older sisters friend was there with her husband for some business.
Amazing, you are going to the other side of this world and at the end it turns out to be much more then that. That was a really nice surprise.
I mean I could continue for hours telling you what we were seeing and experiencing but I will post some photos so you can see what I have done there.
I wish you all great year and hope you will continue following me and my racing as in the past.
it has been a long time that I wrote something here. When I started my Blog about one year ago it was as well a try for me.
I guess I found out that I am not the typical blogger 😉
Of course I will continue to write but maybe not as regular as last season. I will still share some moments with you that I think were special or worth knowing for you. A lot of fans have followed my this Blog and I would like to continue keeping you updated.
For shorter notes I will use Twitter and try to integrate it to my Blog. I guess that fits more my lifestyle.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter. You find me under my username “marceltiemann”
Lets keep in touch….
summer is over and as well the time where we had to wait more then 5 weeks for the next race.
The last months past by so quick, My sister got married in Belgrade ( My got what a party. Never tried homemade Slivovitza before but I have to say not too bad, no headaches. We were celebrating for 3 days in a row and it was one of the best weddings I’ve ever been 😉 . If you are single, think about spending a weekend there. You wont regret it. The Parties you can have there are amazing.
Although I was quiet busy, I really missed the Nürburgring/ Nordschleife.
On friday I did some taxi drives and my Osteopath from Hamburg was able to get a lap with me. He is working as well for the Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 footballteam. He couldn’t get the smiling out of his face even hours later ;-). Amazing talent this guy and if you need a serious Osteopath or Physio, drop me a line!
…this race I was lucky to drive on two cars. The Wochenspiegel #116 and my regular one #117
I qualified the #116 with 8:13min on Pole. The Lap was great, I had only one yellow where I had to lift but otherwise hardly no traffic or at least no traffic that slows you down on some parts of the track.
To be able to drive on both cars I needed to start on the #116 and than finish with my #117
Start was good and I was able to lead by nearly 20 sec. after 8 Laps. I was also able to set the fastest Laptime in the race with 8:17min.
For me, the raceday started nearly perfect.
Unfortunately the #116 retired a bit later and again the Wochenspiegel car didn’t finish. These guys are not very lucky this year and its a shame because the car is so nice to drive even with less downforce then the #117. ( but faster on the straight, thats why I could drive the fastest Laptime)
I didn’t have a lot time to relax. Only a view laps later Romain Dumas came in and I had to jump in for the last 9+3 laps.
We were on 4th position when I took over and my job from Olaf Manthey was to attack and try to gain as much as positions as possible.
So I did.
I closed the gap of approx. 15sec to the Audi with Marc Basseng on the wheel. I told Olaf that I am now behind the Audi but its not easy to pass because they are faster on the straights. We had 5 more laps to go and we needed to come in anyhow for fuel for 3 more Laps. So Olaf told me to come in at the end of this lap, if Basseng stays out. He did so I pushed coming in the Pitlane, late braking for the 60km/h pitspeed and hoped for a quick splash and dash! It was perfect and our strategy worked out. Now back on the track I pushed like crazy with no Audi in front of me. We knew he has to come in as well for the 3 Laps of fuel, so now was our chance to take the 2nd position from the Audi.
When I was driving down the Döttinger Höhe Olaf told me Basseng comes for his Pit Stop. Now I was nervous if my laptimes where fast enough to pass him before he comes again out on the track…………Done!, I was in front with a lead of a view seconds and 3 Laps to go.
He could gain back some time but was never close enough to pass me.
Now in the last lap , there was one more yellow and I guess he could close the gap a bit more but still nothing to worry about.
When I came out of Galgenkopf I could see that my advantage is enough to keep the 2nd place.
He never had a chance to attack me but I saw he is coming closer because of the higher topspeed of the Audi. Once you are passing the Tiergarten there is no way to overtake anymore, except he would have been already next to me. But that was not the case.
WHAT HAPPENED THAN:
While I was already driving the downhill left, this lunatic tried to overtake me on the inside. There was never ever a chance to pass me but I guess he has an ego problem, tried to proof everybody what kind of good driver he is and massed it up completely.
There was NO ROOM for him next to me, he touched me at the back left at approx. 275 km/h!!!
My car was immediately oversteering, I drove into the left grass before the compression still struggling to catch the car. My first thought was, if I loose the car or start to roll at that speed, I am dead….. Next thing was that I jumped over the track onto the right grass still not sure if I am able to control the car. By luck, I came back to the track before Hohenrain, the last left, right, left before the start and finish line.
Even after I came back on the track in one piece, he still pushed and tried to pass me!!! He didn’t understand what just happened or how this could have ended…..
In 17 years of racing all kinds of cars and tracks, I was never that scared….
Maybe now some will understand why I was out of control in the Parc ferme and behaved the way I did. Other racing people told me, they would not have been as controlled as I was with Basseng than!
Even if there was a chance, what wasn’t the case, you never try to overtake there. Thats the same for the Fuchsröhre or Schwedenkreuz and other spots on the Nordschleife. You have to be side by side BEFORE the Tiergarten Brücke, otherwise you lost the battle and have to stick back or try later.
These places are too dangerous for passing and it could end up in massive shunts, injuries or even worth.Most of you maybe remember the deadly accidents in Schwedenkreuz and Tiergarten (Ulli Richter) a view year ago.
What Marc Basseng has done there is unacceptable, irresponsible and he was risking his and my life.
I haven’t talked to anyone who is not agreeing…
This, I never want to experience again and I don’t wish that somebody will be in such a situation ever…..
Now I am looking forward to the next VLN race on the 17th.
The Nordschleife is magic and has always been good to me.. 😉
see you guys,
Interview with vln-fanpage.de (german) after the race.
The 6h race is our second most important race of the season and I am very happy with the outcome…..HATTRICK.
For the first time this year I was starting on two cars. My own and the Wochenspiegel car. So on Friday I just did two Laps on the Wochenspiegel to get familiar with it. Its more like a Cup S-Manthey. I could feel that a lot in the medium to fast corners because of the less downforce it was generating. But for that on the straight I gained some Km/h. It was interesting to see which car is performing better the RSR or that one.
Marc was qualifying the RSR and me the Cup S-Manthey. What a surprise, I was just in front of the RSR and qualified third while Marc qualified 4th. So I would guess the cars are very close to each other with different advantages.
I started the race so I could later join my own car for the third stint.
I directly moved to second position and even attacked the Ford. But I didn’t want to risk too much cause my teammates were not so lucky lately and I really wanted to give them the car back in perfect shape. Everything was cool and I could hold second position while it was changing from dry to rain and back and forth. I nearly lost it coming back to the GP track but lucky wise I could catch it. Now I was definitely awake 😉 .
When it started to rain all over the track I was calling the Pit and ask for a driver change and wet tires. Apparently it never happened because when I was in the left hand corner before Schwalbenschwanz I spun while downshifting without touching the wall. When I tried to start again I had no push forward and at this time I thought it is the Gearbox. We had problems with it the whole weekend. Later we found out that a driveshaft broke. So the race was over. I felt really bad for Georg and Michael because they couldn’t race again….
While I was busy with all that Arno handed over the car to Marc and we could take the lead by nearly 50 sec. When it was my turn, I continued to push and before Marc took over from me we had a comfortable gap from around 1,45min.
The conditions were exceptional hard because some parts of the track were extremely wet and some dry and the next lap it was again somewhere else. That’s the moments when you need your experiences and try to survive but at the same time try to open the gap even more.
I was very happy for the team that we could win this 6h race for the third time in a row under this difficult situations.
Now we have a long brake and I will use the time for some holidays and training.
You know: The older you get, the more you have to train yourself to be still quicker then the young guys…..
Interview with vln-fanpage.de (german)
Jul.17, 2009 • Category Racing
Monday I was at the Lenny Kravitz Concert in Monaco. Wow, I have never seen such a great show. The guy is performing really good. That’s a real Rockstar!!! If you have any chance, go and see him…
I am already at the Nürburgring for the 6h race. Free practice from 16.00-18.00
not much to say this time.
Arno started the race and after a view laps the gearbox broke. It was the same we used since the 24h and after this race it would have been rebuild. The only good thing is, that we know how long we can drive with the same one.
Ohh, what really impressed me was the Qualifying time from the Ford!!! Looks like we should get back our old Air-restrictor…Or what do you guys think? ;-))
Of course its a joke. For my understanding the Laptimes were supposed to be slower than last year and I think thats also the right way to go.
Lets see what happens in the 6h race. Probably I will drive as well the Wochenspiegel car. Its something I am looking forward too because the car should be really nice to drive and maybe we can have some fun at the start…