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VLN 9 2019 – From the pits with Nett Motorsport


I have joined the Eurorepar Team Nett Motorsport for the finale round of the 2019 VLN season, on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife! I’ve spent the whole race day with the team in the pits, observing what’s happening behind the scene. And it was fantastic!

Everything is out of scale at the Nürburging: a 25 km long track in the forest with 170 turns and as much cars on the track. Crazy enough? It was also from the inside with 5 cars (and teams) sharing each garage, that was quite the logistical challenge.

But let’s see a few shots of that race week-end, should we?

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Race day starts very early. As soon as the sun is up, the qualifications can begin.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

The car, the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup TCR #308, is getting ready to set the fastest lap possible.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Bradley Philpot helps Joachim Nett to install in the car. Joachim will be the first to qualify the car, Bradley will take over a later as the track is still a bit damp.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

The car is a front wheel drive car, meaning that the front tyres will suffer today: the must endure the accelerations, the heavy breakings and also direct the car. The risk of overheating is pretty high, which affects the car’s performance. Meanwhile, the rear tyres tend to get cold as soon as the car slows down, which has consequences in term of performance and above all of safety. Tyre management is key, from the pilot but also in the garage.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Christian Erben, the Team Principale, is giving Bradley the last recommandations and infos on the track’s conditions before he starts his qualification stint.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Bradley has finished his session. He gives to Christian and Jürgen Nett (the third driver and team owner) his feedback on the car’s behavior on the numerous turns of the Nordschleife, in a typical race driver style.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

French car, french tyres, and for that week-end, french photographer. Such frenchness!

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

While the team is preparing for the start procedure, Jürgen’s helmet rests on the car. He will start the race.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team photo on the grid. The Peugeot #308 will start in 62th position, but leading its class.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

The start is imminent, everyone in the garages gather in front of the TVs. For obvious security reasons, it’s not possible to watch the start from the pit lane. Due to the large amount of cars, the start is given in 3 groups. Imagine, 170 cars at the same time at the first corner! 60 is already whuite a lot.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

We’re 90 minutes in the 4 hours race, Bradley will take over from Jürgen.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team work by excellence: Jürgen helps Brad to install, while Achim cleans the windshield. The rest of the crew checks the engine and changes the tyres. Everyone participates!

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

The tyres are kept warm in those heating blankets until the last moment, for them to give immediately the best performance once on the car. A car with cold tyres is slow, but is also dangerous to drive.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

3 hours into the race, Bradley stop, Achim will perform his stint, the last of the race. The whole crew is ready for the last dance of the season.

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

And here we are! Class win for Nett Motorsport and the Peugeot 308. They’ve won the 9 rounds of the championship this year!

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019

Last group photo of the season, while enjoying the win… with german beers, of course!

Team Eurorepar Nett Motorsport - Peugeot 308 TCR #308 - VLN 9 2019


Thanks again to the team for this fantastic opportunity!


Signatech Alpine #36

This Signatech Alpine #36 photo is one of my favorite shot of the Le Mans 24H 2019. It was taken with a very slow shutter speed of 1/5s in order to get that awesome panning effect. I took the photo from the grand stand, in front of the pits, just after the start line.

Processing this photo was not that easy, but the Lutify.me* Morpheus LUT was a good starting point.

The Signatech Alpine #36 was driven by André Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre and Pierre Thiriet. It has finished 6th at the general, which made this car the winner of the LMP2 category.

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