After the recent announcement that Black Falcon would be stepping back from its factory programme with Mercedes, the team are now preparing for the 2020 Nürburgring Endurance Series (formally known as VLN), which gets underway today (27 June).
The team will field three cars across multiple classes – a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup MR is entered in the SP-PRO class, a Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the SP8T and a production-based Porsche 991 Carrera in the V6 class.
The race will mark the debut for the team’s Porsche 991 GT3 Cup MR SP-PRO, which is the latest version of the ‘Wide Body’ Porsche which has performed at the highest levels in GT3 racing.
Lining up for the team is Tobias Müller from Germany, Marek Böckmann from Germany and the reigning amateur champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Carlos Rivas from Luxembourg.
The #350 Porsche will be backed by IDENTICA for all of the NES races this year and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Stephan Rösler from Germany and the reigning SP10 champion Tristan Viidas from Estonia will line up in the #155 Mercedes-AMG GT4 for the team, competing in the SP8T class.
In the V6 class for production-based vehicles, Martin Meenen from German is partners with Andreas Renk from Switzerland in the #395 Porsche 911, both the Mercedes and Porsche will run under the TEXTAR banner this year.
“After we have already done some test days in the last weeks, we are very much looking forward to the first race action on the Nordschleife this year. I’m sure we’ll experience great motorsport even under these special conditions,” said Timo Frings, Head of Motorsport at BLACK FALCON.
“For some of our drivers, the first race unfortunately comes too early in the light of the Corona crisis. Later in the season, depending on the travel regulations, we will be able to welcome many familiar faces back to our garage. Among other things we are planning to start with a Porsche Cayman GT4 in the Trophy classification and additional cars in the SP8T, SP7 and V6”.
This weekend marks the first race of the 2020 season after the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while racing resumes under strict hygiene regulations, no fans will be present to watch the action trackside. There will be the usual livestream for the event which will be shown live on our Facebook page from 11:00 BST (12:00 CET).
In addition to the main livestream you can ride on board with two of the cars: