09.04.2011 – Dropping-out after technical defect at Erzgebirgsrally
On late Friday evening the first race of this year's ADAC Rallye Masters started in the idyllic Stollberg/Erzgebirge. Many in the national rally scene well-known names have been on the starter list and so the BMW 120d was upgraded before to become best competitive. In the dawn Valentin Hummel and his co-pilot Katja Geyer left at 6.30 PM to their first special stage at night, the circuit Jahnsdorf. They succeeded in driving after the first special stage up to 17th place in the overall standings and 5th place in their division and took again the strong front driven competition for a ride.
But the first night ended up with stress and rush, after the BMW had switched to the emergency program during the service that limited the power only to 2,500 rpm. Until the last minute, the service time was used and still on the way to the Parc Fermé Valentin found last minute an acceptable solution for this problem. Thus both spent the night with the best expectations for the start in the next morning.
On Saturday, after a thankfully smooth start, both set out for SS2 in Schlettau, a start-finish stage in open terrain with some tricky "mousetraps". The team reached again quite a fast time and went ahead to tackle fully concentrated SS3, the circuit Mildenau, when shortly after the chassis should make waves...
Probably the screw nut of the right shock absorber piston rod became unscrewed and turned down over the next summit at SS3, the shock absorber dropped out of his guiding and tipped the wheel about 30 degrees. With reduced braking performance and a lack of grip on the right front wheel car and crew hit in the next right hand bend a copse on the left side of the track. Nevertheless, the team finished SS3 with a skew front wheel, a flat door and the side frame without a window to defend the good positions of the first two SS. At the service park the mechanics of Moufang Motorsport decided that the Erzgebirgsrallye is finished for Valentin and Katja due to this technical difficulties. Important parts of the shock absorber remained on the edge of the track, the rod was twisted and there was no door with glass and mirror. All that remained was to loade up the car.
Now the BMW will be repaired and next week Valentine will compete together with his father Gerolf as co-pilot for the first time the DRM-run Vogelsberg. We hope that this time the technology will not upset their plans too early.