SCG003C scores its top result at the Nurburgring

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus – the only company in the world that produces and races its own one-off cars – has scored its best result at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, at the latest round of the famed VLN Series.

The Italian-based American squad finished first and third in the SPX class at the Opel 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen, with a ninth-place finish overall in what was largely still a test session for the team, in preparation for next year. At one point, the SCG003C was also the quickest car of all out on track.

The winning car (‘Macchinauno’) was driven by Frenchman Franck Mailleux – a former factory driver who has plenty of previous experience of the Nordschleife – together with Sweden’s Andreas Simonsen and Felipe Laser from Germany. The crew staged a fantastic fightback, after starting well down the grid following an unlucky qualifying session influenced by weather and traffic.

The other car – ‘Macchinadue’ – that finished third in class, was driven by Christopher Ruud, and Jeff Westphal from the United States, as well as experienced German Thomas Mutsch. According to the rules, one driver can swap between the two cars – with Mutsch nominated in this role.

The six-hour race took place from 1200-1800, in typically changeable conditions that typify the Nurburgring. The configuration driven at VLN races measures more than 25 kilometres and is used for the epic Nurburgring 24 Hours, which Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus will again be contesting next year following its debut in 2015.

James Glickenhaus, the owner of the team and creator of the brand, commented: “The car and the team are really getting there; all our drivers did an amazing job to score our best result and we’re going to come back even stronger next time. I feel so proud of the SCG003C’s performance on the most demanding race course in the world.”

The VLN series may not have the international profile of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, but if anything the competition is even closer, as the series is contested predominantly by local specialists who know every one of the Nordschleife’s 150 or so corners intimately.

Mailleux, who contested this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, commented: “It’s always a source of pride for me to drive this car: it’s one that everybody looks at and talks about. Our clear objective here was to prepare for next year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours, consolidating both our performance and teamwork.”

Christopher Ruud, the owner of ‘Macchinadue’, which he also races, commented: “Getting back behind the wheel of the SCG003C is always an incredible experience. Finishing the race in such a strong position was a very special moment for me, which I’ll always remember.”

Paolo Garella, programme director for the SCG003C, concluded: “A fantastic team result, which underlines the quality of the entire team’s work and the dedication behind the project. We’ve learned a lot from this latest outing, which will greatly benefit our development in the future.”

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’s next race will be the ninth round of the VLN series on 17 October 2015.