as most of you already know, I can not participate this year in the 24h of the Nordschleife for medical reasons. I am positive, that one day I will be able to drive again a car on the road and than we see what will happen!
For the moment I have to liv with my 5 wins at the 24h of the Nordschleife. …what could be worse
I would like to thank the team Manthey, I won 4 in row and Phoenix, I won the first one with.
I am sure Manthey Racing and my “old” teammates have experience enough and they don’t need my help….
…ok, maybe they do a bit…;-)
But I do wish the same for “my” other team called Phoenix Racing, which are doing a fantastic job at the moment in DTM and GT Racing as some of you know.
So my friends, till than I have to liv with my 5 24h wins in total.
I wish ALL of you good luck and hopefully a race without any incidents on the track!!
See you soon…
Hier ein kurzer Bericht von meinem VLN Besuch.
Ein besonderes Familien- und Teammitglied konnte Manthey-Racing an diesem Rennwochenende an der Strecke begrüßen: Marcel Tiemann schaute zum ersten Mal in diesem Jahr wieder an der Stätte seiner größten Erfolge vorbei! Zur großen Freude des Teams, mit dem er vier Mal das 24h-Rennen gewinnen konnte, und natürlich Familie Manthey, zeigte sich der Wahlmonegasse in viel besserer körperlicher Verfassung, als noch bei seinem ersten Besuch Ende der letztjährigen Saison. „Es ist nun knapp ein Jahr her, daß der schwere Unfall in Imola mein Leben veränderte, doch ich bin unverändert optimistisch, daß meine Gesundung weiterhin in die richtige Richtung führt“, konstatierte ein gut gestimmter Tiemann. „Ich hatte große Lust wieder Rennluft zu schnuppern und nutze diese Gelegenheit auch, um den vielen Fans und Freunden nochmals ganz herzlich für ihre aufmunternden Mails und lieben Genesungswünschen zu danken!“
better late then never…;-)
I would like to say thank you to all of you who left me a message or comment on my blog.
I still have to read some of them. Most I have already read the last days since I am a bit better.
Just the not seeing to my right hemisphere gives me enough trouble to not read and writing anymore as before. It’s taking extremely long for me and is sometimes very frustrating. Anyhow, for now I have to start to liv with that, even though I don’t give up and hope it will get better in the future.
This is my way of saying: “Thank You” to all of you for standing beside me in this time….
Nov.02, 2010 • Category VLN
After lengthy hospital stays and operations, many fans and colleagues were very pleased seeing Marcel walk the pit lane (at the last VLN race) again. The overwhelming response from fans and colleagues in recent months, has given Marcel strength for his recovery. Marcel was surprised and happy on the huge interest about him.
The accident itself, Marcel doesn’t remember. Only the videos from YouTube and other footage, helps Marcel to get a picture of what happened. In recent months his recovery has made great progress. As a consequence of the accident he still has no vision on his complete right hemisphere and memory and orientation problems. There is no question, he will not be back next season. … “I still have some vision tests, then maybe I put myself in a race car and see how I feel. Only then I will make up my mind. I think it takes about 1-3 years,” said Marcel.
See also the News on Speedweek.de (German)
now it is official!
I will participate in 2 full Championships and in the 24h of the Nordschleife.
As in the past years, I will continue driving in the VLN Championship and the 24h of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
My partners will be the same as usual: Porsche and Manthey Racing of course…;-)
Never change a winning Team!
My second and new engagement this year will be in the International GT Open Championship. I will race with Phoenix Racing and share an Audi R8-LMS with Jim Matthew.
In the past years, I already raced with Jim in the Grand Am Series on an Daytona Prototype.
I am very happy to race with these two Teams. They both mean a lot to me. With Phoenix Racing I won my first 24h race at the Nordschleife in 2003 and with Manthey Racing I have achieved winning 4 more in the past years. Not to forget that most of my 18 VLN wins were with Manthey Racing.
Both teams are based at the Nürburgring what makes it much easier for me.
The Intl. GT Open Championship is a great series that goes to some of the best tracks in Europe. You should really have a look at it.
I am really looking forward to this busy Season and I am sure it will be a very challenging one!
…but thats what my Job is all about and I love it! )
See you guys at the track…
Interview (german) after the first VLN race 2010
some impressions of the first VLN race 2010
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,