Thank you very much

Jan.22, 2011 • Category 24h Nürburgring, Intl. GT-Open, Private, Race Reports, Racing, Twitter, VLN


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….

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Lancelotti, …….you can be very proud of yourself!!! Thanks for finishing my career as a driver.

Dec.24, 2010 • Category Intl. GT-Open, Private, Racing

Thank you Angelo Lancelott for what you have done to me!

This year was definitely not my personal best one.

Now the only thing for me is to get better soon and make progress with myself.

Next to my memory- and orientation-problems, what should get better over the next years, I still have a handicap with my vision to the right side.

Its called Hemianopsie.

My first priority is now to get better and back to where I came from before the accident.

Getting back my vision on both eyes to the right, to be able to drive again, even for going only from A to B would be amazing.

The Neurologists say the chance is close to 0% !! But I try everything I can…

Than, if its going well, what I hope, I would like to see how I feel in the racecar again and if its possible for me.

But first, I have to get back my vision to the right and then I see….

…All this and much more problems I had, because of Angelo Lancelotti from Villois Racing  who caused the accident in Imola and drove into my car.

Until today I heard nothing from Lancelotti or the team Villois racing

I thinks that speak for itself what kind of character, or better NO CHARACTER the team and Lancelotti have!!!

I personally hope, that people who maybe (hopefully not) work with them together in the future, take this in mind how they both behaved and especially what Lancelotti was doing to me.

This behavior is unacceptable for a team to have a driver like him and for a driver its unacceptable to have a team like this.


Marcel Tiemann after racing accident at Imola in an artificial coma.

May.26, 2010 • Category Intl. GT-Open, Private

Marcel has been transferred after the serious accident at the start run to the International GT Open on Sunday in Imola (Italy) in an artificial coma. Diagnosed in the clinic of Bologna are a skull-brain trauma, a fracture of cervical vertebra and broken ribs. “The doctors are planning, Marcel Tiemann in normal healing process after ten days from the artificial coma to wake again,” says Ernst Moser, CEO of Phoenix Racing team.

The 36-year-old Marcel Tiemann was after the rescue and first aid at the track brought to the hospital in Imola and later flown by helicopter to Bologna. The transport to the University Hospital Munich-Grosshadern on Monday had been canceled on account of the healing process. Family members and Phoenix team members take care of him in Bologna. “From many sides support and help has been offered, for all we are very thankful,” says Ernst Moser.

The accident occurred during the initial phase for the second race of the International GT Open, a European racing series for GT sports car. An Aston Martin went suddenly to the left, collided with the white-black Audi R8 LMS of Marcel, which then crashed against the wall on the left side and was thrown from there back into the field. The race was immediately stopped by the Red Flag. The emergency services were immediately on hand to Marcel Tiemann to rescue him from the cockpit.

Get Well Soon Marcel!
Wishing you a speedy recovery and all the best!

Christian (Friend and Admin)


Update – 27 May:
Meanwhile Marcel’s condition is stable. With a plane he will now be flown from Bologna to a Hospital in Munich.
Keep your fingers crossed.


Update – 1 June:
Marcel’s first day, after yesterdays difficult surgery, is without any problems.
Marcel remains in an artificial coma at the hospital Maggiore di Bologna.
The forecast for his recovery remains cautious, although the TAC (CT) today, gives reason for optimism.

The removal of the frontal bone of Marcel’s forehead, performed by Dr. Nicola Acciarri,
showed a immediate reduction of the intracranial pressure after the alarming increase of the swelling of his brain. The post-traumatic hematomas resorb very slowly, which is normal.

Unfortunately Marcel’s high blood pressure (which reaches 200) hinders his recovery.
However, if his condition remains stable, a full recovery is possible, even if it takes a long time.

Hope, you get well soon!
We are here for you!


Update – 2 June:
Manthey Racing about Marcel. (written in German)


Update – 3 June:
The latest TAC (CT) have no big changes, that is reassuring from a medical point of view.
Marcel remains in an artificial coma, when a gradual awakening may be initiated is currently not foreseeable.


Update – 8 June:
The last TAC (CT) scan shows a slow improvement in the bifrontal hemorrhage.
The prognosis is reserved, but the brain pressure shows a stable and acceptable level. The doctors work
on the surgical removal of the hematoma to prevent brain damage. The full recovery of Marcel will take
a long time. Marcel remains in an artificial coma.


Update – 11 June:
Marcel was awakened this morning but mute and without voluntary movement in the limbs.
The okay to transfer Marcel to Germany was given in the early afternoon so Marcel is in flight to Monaco of Bavaria where Dr. Kreft Kerekes will take care of him.


Update – 12 June:
Phoenix Racing News (written in German)


Update – 15 June:
Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas were in thought with Marcel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Marc Lieb had a sticker on his helmet – Get well soon Marcel. See picture in the gallery.


Update – 21 June:
Marcel was awakened from an artificial coma and his conditions are definitely encouraging!


Update – 24 June:
The GT Open community will gather again sharing a sense of relief, as latest news on Marcel´s
conditions are definitely encouraging. Marcel is now out of danger and recovering progressively in
the University Hospital of Munich-Grosshadern. Very understandably, Phoenix Racing will not race
in Spa-Francorchamps but everybody is wishing Marcel a full recovery and hoping to see the
German squad back in the tracks as soon as possible.


Update – 28 June:
The convalescence of Marcel make further good progress. On 17 June Marcel was moved from
the University Hospital of Grosshadern to the Rehab Hospital Bad Aibling (Bavaria).
The medical treatment will resume as planned.


Update – 8 July:
Olaf and Renate Manthey visit Marcel in Bad Aibling. (written in German)


Update – 14 July:
According to Racing Doctor Jürgen Lindemann, Marcel makes excellent progress. “The accident he can not remember, but otherwise does the memory”
said Lindemann. “He speeks, he can move, he is running around. His internal injuries have healed well.”


Update – 29 July:
Manthey Racing about Marcel. (written in German)


Update – 1 August:
Marcel’s recovery makes very good progress. He can move and speak normally, his memory returns. Whether Marcel will ever race is uncertain.


GT Open – Valencia – Results

Apr.19, 2010 • Category Intl. GT-Open, Race Reports

Round 1: Valencia
International GT Open
Race 2 GTS + GTL (50′)

Dramatic win in rain-soaked GTS race for Ceccato-Salucci (Kessel)
Italians Andrea Ceccato and Uccio Salucci, on one of the Kessel Racing’s Ferrari F430 Scuderia (the one bearing the legendary nr. 46 of their friend Valentino Rossi) took an unexpected and brilliant win in GTS’ Race 2, in front of teammates Livio-Bontempelli and the Phoenix Audi R8 of Tieman-Matthews, which dominated the first stint. The race was rain-soaked and had a dramatic finale, when the leading Ferrari of Dayrault suffered a mechanical failure and Ceccato overtook Livio after a furious fight.

Tiemann takes the lead at the start in front of Frezza, Bontempelli, Ortelli, Lancieri, Scheier and Salucci, on a very wet track where visibility is an issuer. The Autorlando Porsche of Gruber goes off track on lap 2, remaining trapped in the gravel for a moment, as does Frezza in lap 5, while Scheier passes Lancieri for fourth.

The Audi dominates until the pit-stop. After all driver changes are done, Matthews has to let Dayrault take the lead but he resists the attacks of Ceccato. There is a slight contact between the two and in lap 20, and Livio takes the opportunity to pass both for second. The two Kessels are now chasing the leading Luxury Ferrari and fighting between themselves.

The end of the race is spectacular, with Dayrault suffering a drive-shaft failure and Ceccato overtaking and touching Livio a few corners from the flag, to take a superb victory, as he did two years ago here, in similar conditions with the Racing Box Lambo. The Audi is third ahead of the Villois Aston, the second Luxury car and the RPM Ford GT, while Escamez-Monzon win among Spanish championship contenders with their Lambo Gallardo.

Standings GTS:
1.Ceccato-Salucci, 13 p.
2.Matthews-Tiemann, Deverikos-Gruber, 10 p.
4. Livio-Bontempelli, 8 p.
5.Dayrault-Ortelli, 6 p.

Drivers Team Vehicle Total Time Kph
1 46 Andrea Ceccato/Alessio Salucci Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:12.629 – 117.3 8 1:54.200 126.3
2 51 Stefano Livio/Lorenzo Bontempelli Kessel Racing Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:16.414 +3.785 117.2 8 1:53.604 126.9
3 59 Jim Matthews/Marcel Tieman Phoenix Racing Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 51:41.693 +29.064 116.2 4 1:52.334 128.3

4 52 Angelo Lancelotti/Gabriele Lancieri Villois Racing Aston Martin DBRS 9 GTS I
25 51:50.214 +37.585 115.9 5 1:54.977 125.4
5 64 Michel Petit/Johan Boris Scheier Michel Petit Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
25 51:53.001 +40.372 115.8 7 1:54.004 126.5
6 62 Alex Mortimer/Peter Bamford Team RPM Ford GT GTS I
25 51:53.133 +40.504 115.8 17 1:55.364 125.0
7 57 Gabriel Balthazard/Jean Luc Beaubelique Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 52:57.309 +1:44.680 113.4 10 1:56.640 123.6
8 58 Siebrand Dijkstra/Arjan van der Zwaan Brinkmann Motorsport Audi R8 GTR LMS GTS I
25 52:58.622 +1:45.993 113.4 12 1:56.302 124.0
9 56 Maurice Ricci/Mike Savary Team Sofrev Asp Ferrari 430 GT3 GTS I
25 53:03.058 +1:50.429 113.2 7 1:57.879 122.3
10 63 Jean Philippe Dayraut/Stephane Ortelli Jean Philippe Dayraut Ferrari 430 GT3 Scuderia GTS I
24 49:10.259 1 Lap 117.3 13 1:54.089 126.4

Fastest Lap
Lap 4 Marcel Tieman 1:52.334 128.3 Kph

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My 2010 Season – 18 races in 2 Championships and the 24h of the Nordschleife

Apr.01, 2010 • Category 24h Nürburgring, Intl. GT-Open, Racing, VLN


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…


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