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2004 Race Reports

  Nürburgring, Germany, 25-27 June 2004

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  Danish Le Mans pilot, Casper Elgaard, claimed a double Group C triumph at the Nuerburgring's Jan Wellum Pokal historic meeting. Aboard the Porsche Kremer Racing 962CK6, Elgaard duelled with BRDC Rising Star, Simon Pullan, in a similar short tail car on each day.

Race 1 saw David Mercer (Spice-Ford SE90C) chase the lead pair hard after a cracked exhaust hampered his qualifying efforts. Ingestion of part of the foam air filter left the Cosworth down on power after 15 minutes, leaving him to settle for a distant third. An engine fire forced retirement from the same position on Sunday.

A marvellous three-way scrap for fourth entertained the crowds. Michael Schuster (Argo-Judd JM19C) led Jim Mullen (Spice-Chevrolet GTP) from Brian DeVries (Chevrolet Intrepid RM-1) in the early stages. The half distance mark sparked change when DeVries dived by Mullen, then Schuster, in quick succession at Turn 1. Mullen succeeded in taking Schuster, but a rare spin dropped him back to sixth at the flag. A broken gear linkage forced Mullen into retirement in Race 2.

Nigel James' long tail Porsche 962C was not suited to the twisty nature of the modern Formula One circuit. Following a frustrating seventh, he decided not to run on Sunday. John Grant (Chevron B19) took duel Invitation class honours with eighth and fifth respectively.

Drama was afoot before Race 2 had even begun. Five cars failed to take their start positions; caught out at pit exit, when electing to complete a second warm-up lap. Front-runners, Elgaard, DeVries, and Schuster were amongst these. All chased hard; their efforts yielding first, third, and fourth respectively.

Nick Rini (Jaguar XJR-12D) and Michael Millard (Prosport-Ford LM3000) battled closely in Race 1 but, by Sunday, Rini had wound up the Jaguar V12 and forged clear to take sixth from Millard's seventh. Jim Graham (Porsche 962C) changed to a different Motronic chip for Sunday's race, but a constant misfire troubled his progress. He took eighth to add to twelfth from Race 1.

Duncan McKay and Robin Ward were elated with the excellent progress made with McKay's Bardon-Ford. Not having run a completely trouble-free session before the weekend, they brought the car home to class wins on each day. Richard Bateman (Tiga-Rover GC287) took runner-up spot.

John Edwards continued his excellent progress in learning his Argo-Ford JM19C. He claimed two class wins, to add to the one from Le Mans. Edwards' class rival Jean-Yves Moine (Spice-Cosworth SE88C) never overcame a variety of electrical gremlins, which forced retirement on both days.

Phillipp Brunn entertained the crowds with some spirited driving en route to second and third in class aboard the Brunn Racing Porsche 908/3. His father, Siggi, was not as fortunate. His Sauber C5 suffered engine damage in Saturday's race, but he kept smiling during, what was, a very friendly weekend for all concerned.
 

Practice/Qualifying
 
No. Class Driver Nat Car Laps Fastest
101 1 Simon Pullan GB Porsche 962 CK6 10 1:53.740
14 1 Caspar Elgaard DK Porsche 962 11 1:54.231
51 1 Michael Schuster D Argo Judd JM-19 12 1:57.097
112 1 Jim Mullen USA Spice Chevrolet 6.5L 16 1:57.625
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice Ford SE 90C 4 1:57.729
64 1 Brian DeVries USA Intrepid Chevrolet 13 1:57.744
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12 14 1:59.759
3 5 John Grant GB Chevron B19 3 2:00.511
7 1 Nigel James GB Porsche 962 11 2:01.019
31 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 11 2:02.675
86 5 Philipp Brunn GB Porsche 908-03 6 2:03.361
133 1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962 10 2:04.868
93 5 Siggi Brunn D Sauber C5 12 2:09.830
191 3 John Edwards GB Argo Cosworth 7 2:15.728
10 4 Duncan McKay/Robin Ward GB Bardon Cosworth 11 2:17.377
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover 4 2:29.203
 

Race 1
 
No. Class Driver Nat Car Time Laps Fastest
14 1 Caspar Elgaard DK Porsche 962 29:08.672 15 1:54.911
101 1 Simon Pullan GB Porsche 962 CK6 29:26.863 15 1:56.348
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice Ford SE 90C 29:38.169 15 1:54.759
64 1 Brian DeVries USA Intrepid Chevrolet 29:55.907 15 1:58.039
51 1 Michael Schuster D Argo Judd JM-19 30:05.558 15 1:58.265
112 1 Jim Mullen USA Spice Chevrolet 6.5L 30:18.743 15 1:58.240
7 1 Nigel James GB Porsche 962 30:41.831 15 2:00.030
3 5 John Grant GB Chevron B19 31:03.123 15 2:01.883
86 5 Philipp Brunn GB Porsche 908-03 31:17.386 15 2:02.661
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12 29:31.417 14 2:04.570
31 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 29:32.887 14 2:05.170
133 1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962 30:48.579 14 2:09.003
191 3 John Edwards GB Argo Cosworth 30:58.444 14 2:08.434
10 4 Duncan McKay GB Bardon Cosworth 29:38.428 12 2:24.707
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover 29:57.958 12 2:26.240
Retirements
103 3 Jean Yves Moine F Spice SE88 18:40.222 8 2:12.003
93 5 Siggi Brunn D Sauber C5 13:28.919 4 2:25.866
Fastest Lap
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C   Lap 3 1:54.759
 

Race 2
 
No. Class Driver Nat Car Time Laps Fastest
14 1 Caspar Elgaard DK Porsche 962 36:38.825 19 1:53.441
101 1 Simon Pullan GB Porsche 962 CK6 36:58.419 19 1:54.801
64 1 Brian DeVries USA Intrepid Chevrolet 37:44.995 19 1:55.334
51 1 Michael Schuster D Argo Judd JM-19 36:48.421 18 1:58.338
3 5 John Grant GB Chevron B19 37:27.434 18 2:02.633
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12 37:46.488 18 2:02.834
31 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 38:10.298 18 2:04.427
133 1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962 37:09.986 17 2:07.079
10 4 Robin Ward GB Bardon Cosworth 37:14.217 17 2:08.616
191 3 John Edwards GB Argo Cosworth 37:36.739 17 2:08.391
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover 36:48.800 15 2:23.138
86 5 Philipp Brunn GB Porsche 908-03 38:35.802 15 2:03.586
Retirements
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice Ford SE 90C 8:07.487 4 2:00.269
112 1 Jim Mullen USA Spice Chevrolet 6.5L 6:03.749 3 2:00.094
103 3 Jean Yves Moine F Spice SE88 6:49.243 3 2:10.601
Fastest Lap
14 1 Caspar Elgaard DK Porsche 962   Lap 4 1:53.441
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