The VRAA container arrived and all eyes were now focused on the Ring.
Scheduled on the same weekend with Ringwood XIII
and other support races Director Fritz Stroebl along with track staff and the R32 crew would be breathing, eating and
sleeping racing all weekend long. Up until 4am last night Stroebl and his team made sure to inspect every arrival and ensure
the track was ready to host without incident.
Instructions from VRAA headquarters were reviewed together with staff. State
of the art safety barriers, including straw bales and in some areas tire stacks were piled around
hazards like hidden tree stumps. No expense or effort would be spared - and all in the interests of driver safety. Camera film crews set up around the track.
Spectators scrambled to find the best vantages. Vendors prepped their grills and coolers for the lunch hour rush.
As the early morning haze burned away those near the paddock could hear and see the 2.5L VRAA teams bring their cars to
the inspection stand. The cars were each carefully inspected by Technical Director Jurgen Bittner.
Up next the 1.5L class...
Apart from the usual race wear and tear every car looked in order - some unfortunately had a portion of one number decal missing and several had
accumulated battle scars and scrapes on helmets and bodies. As far as routine maintenance - braid on each entry needed to
be cleaned using lighter fluid in the customary R32 method... and the need to do so was
All cars looked to have more than adequate lubrication so nothing further was done on that front. Tires were then rubbed
clean as is customary and all VRAA entrants were now ready for a few shake down laps prior to qualifying...
Random draw for each class would determine qualifying order. Qualifying was for 1 minute on the middle (yellow) lane and
best lap time determined final rank. Track pro driver Dieter Rindt would qualify the VRAA entrants. Good luck!
General Note on the
Fields: Gearing was the biggest culprit that spread out the VRAA fields - especially in the 2.5L class. Overall the cars each performed
very well. The #69 Vanwall was the exception and proved more unpredictable around tighter corners - usually lifting a wheel
during cornering or bicycling when power was applied on exit. All of the
other entries were predictable and some could be raced very deep into all
Qualifying Pictures from Turn 5
Qualifying Pictures from the front straight
And they are off!
...and where they finished on track - 2.5L