Enthusiasts 24h Nürburgring 2020 without a cult car: Opel Manta does not drive

17:20  17 september  2020
17:20  17 september  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Der Opel Manta wird 2020 nicht beim 24-Stunden-Rennen starten © Alexander Trienitz The Opel Manta will not compete in the 24-hour race in 2020

Sad news from one of the biggest crowd favorites of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring: Olaf Beckmann's Opel Manta will not take part in the long-distance classic on the Nordschleife in 2020. Vehicle owner Beckmann announced this with a heavy heart this week.

During the fourth round of the Nürburgring endurance series (formerly VLN), the cult car had a defect in the clutch bell, which also affected the cardan shaft and gearbox.

Although the Manta has now been repaired, there was no longer enough time for test drives - and without that the team would not risk participating. After all, there was only a three-lap mission in 2016 due to a defective clutch bell, which should not be repeated now.

This means that the car with the distinctive fox tail on the antenna - with 19 starts an absolute long-runner in the field - will be missing this year.

The Manta should originally have been in the SP3 class. In addition to the vehicle owner Beckmann, Peter Hass, Volker Strycek and Jürgen Schulten were named as drivers.

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