Japanese tyre manufacturer Falken Tyres achieved its first podium at the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours. Drivers Peter Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger, Alex Imperatori and Wolf Henzler guided the team’s Porsche 997 GT3 R from 19thon the grid to a podium slot, improving on its fourth place finish in 2014.
“We are ecstatic with this result,” says Falken Europe’s marketing and sales director Markus Bögner. “Thanks to the performance of team, drivers and tyres, we achieved our goal of a podium.”
“After fourth place last year, there was an expectation to improve on this,” says driver Peter Dumbreck. “The changing weather, with light rain in the night, made the track very slippery with a lot of cars going off but the Falken team led by Sven Schnabl made the right tyre choices and the Falken rubber performed superbly in these tricky conditions to make the difference. Everyone did a fantastic job, the car ran smoothly with just routine stops and we could get the podium we all hoped for.”
“It’s amazing to finish on the podium and finally deliver this result to Falken who have been trying for a long time. The credit goes to the entire team for a flawless race which put us in this position. It was also the best result of the Porsche GT3-R at the Nurburgring 24H and we now look forward to fighting for victory next year with the new car.” said Alexandre Imperatori.