Dodge factory driver Kuno Wittmer: "I am thrilled"

Posted on Sep 26, 2011


(Translated from German) Mayen / Wassenach. At the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters in Assen, Netherlands, Dodge factory driver Kuno Wittmer took to the track in the Vulkan-Racing Viper GT3. His verdict was, in spite of an unhappy race course, was very positive.

As a Dodge factory driver, Kuno Wittmer is more than familiar with the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. Over the past few years, Wittmer has even participated in the SCCA World Challenge in the United States by driving a Viper. And after testing a Dodge Viper ACR, which was supervised by Michael Mintgen, the idea that Kuno Wittmer would drive for Vulkan-Racing-Motorsport-Mintgen in their current GT3 took shape. Wittmer was enthusiastic and agreed to go partner with Christian Bebion at ADAC GT Masters in Assen. The second Dodge Viper Competition Coupe GT3 was driven by the team of Heiko Hammel (Wohlmutshausen) and Michael Christensen (Denmark).

After the first practice, Wittmer was very positive about the his experience with the car that has been developed by Michael Mintgen. "I'm thrilled. Michael has many points of the Viper professionally reviewed. The paddle-shift control on steering wheel makes it much easier and gives you a lot of confidence in the car during the race. A lot of potential of the Viper has been awakened," Kuno Wittmer said after the race. "Preferably we would take them to compete in the U.S."

The first race on Saturday had both Kuno Wittmer and Heiko Hammel struggling, albeit steadily, forward. The Canadians were temporarily in third place, after fielding a confident team on the selective course in Assen. Heiko Hammel also showed a similarly impressive fight until a mandatory pit stop. That left Vulkan-Racing, as has been the case so many times this season, out of luck. Christian Bebion lost the blue Dodge Viper coupe in an accident and finished in 25th place. Michael Christensen lost his car to a technical defect and had to give up prematurely.

"Of course the results were sobering, and I had hoped for a different outcome," said Michael Mintgen. "The addition Kuno Wittmer has helped a lot. Now we are focusing on the finale at Hockenheim and want to drive a nice season for our fans."

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