Q&A: Falken Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 N24 Driver Peter Dumbreck
Massive thanks to our pals at Falken Motorsports – as we have a brilliant little treat for ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race fans in advance of This particular weekend’s thrilling endurance race… an interview with legendary Green Hell race ace in addition to Scot, Peter Dumbreck.
because of This particular year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, Falken Motorsports will field a two-car team for the very first time: a Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991) in addition to a BMW M6 GT3. An internal battle between the two has ensued, with Falken driver in addition to ‘Nürburgring expert’, Peter Dumbreck, opting to switch to the M6. The Banbury-based driver discusses the unique challenges of the race, his move via the Porsche to the BMW in addition to how the atmosphere at This particular iconic event cannot be beaten.
How has progress been in testing This particular year?
With two cars we’ve had a different approach for each car. The Porsche is actually a continuation via the end of last year in addition to as we are better acquainted with the idea, the idea’s been a natural progression via last year. At This particular year’s VLN the idea became available of the blocks in addition to was fighting for victory straight away. So via of which side the Porsche is actually doing very well. The BMW is actually a brand new car to us in addition to we are all still learning, both drivers in addition to tyre engineers.
At Portimão, where we shook down the cars, in addition to at the first VLN race the conditions were pretty wet, so we had no dry running at all actually. You get a pretty Great sense of where you are after 20 laps of wet running. The first two VLN races are a Great test to fix where you want to go on setup in addition to tyres in addition to our engineers actually value of which track time ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The one unknown, which is actually the same in every form of motorsport, is actually the BOP [Balance of Performance], I’d say the dreaded BOP. Only at the 24-hour race will you actually see what the pace is actually like in addition to how all the manufacturers are performing.
What are the key differences between the BMW in addition to Porsche?
With the idea being rear engine, the Porsche is actually a very physical car to drive in addition to the idea tends to move around quite bit. the idea’s also quite a short car as well compared to the M6, so I find the idea’s got a Great bit of grunt through the corners. The M6 incorporates a greater amount of downforce through the medium to sharp corners so you can carry more speed through those faster turns, whereas inside the Porsche you may brake in addition to go down a gear. In some places inside the M6, you don’t even brake you just lift in sixth gear! So the M6 is actually stronger inside the the medium in addition to fast corners nevertheless the Porsche fights back inside the tighter sections. Falken has set This particular up as a battle in addition to I genuinely think the idea will be.
As the engine is actually inside the back of the Porsche there is actually higher tyre wear on the rear axle in addition to you feel of which on the Grand Prix circuit having a bit more oversteer. All in all there isn’t a massive difference, nevertheless I suppose one of the big differences is actually inside the tyres themselves. We are using the rear tyres via the Porsche in addition to putting them on all four corners of the BMW. of which shows how Great the tyre is actually to perform on both cars. The front tyres on the Porsche are smaller in addition to is actually probably one of the reasons as to why we can go faster around the corners with the M6.
How has the race changed since your first outing there?
I think of which This particular year will be my 13th race, my tenth with Falken. In of which time the race has become a lot more professional. With the advent of GT3 cars the idea has meant you don’t have to build a special car to go to the Nürburgring in addition to win. You can buy one off the shelf in addition to effectively go in addition to win. Factory cars used to be much rarer. I did have one in 2003 with Opel nevertheless the idea was less common to have a factory assault.
Today both factory in addition to semi-factory cars both have a chance of winning the race – especially if you have four Great drivers. Each the, especially German manufacturers, will field a lot of factory drivers at This particular race. inside the Falken cars we have 5 factory drivers via Porsche in addition to BMW. the idea just shows you how serious the manufacturers take the idea in addition to how professional the idea has become.
So, is actually the objective to win?
the idea goes without saying of which we might love to go out in addition to win the race in addition to via Falken’s point of view the idea has doubled its chances. the idea doesn’t matter which car wins. the idea has Great crews in both cars. Personally, of course I want to win. The first target has to be taking a podium. Actually, to be honest, the first target for me is actually putting in Great times, doing a Great job, staying out of trouble in addition to watching us gradually move to the front! The end result is actually the end result, as long as I have done a Great job then what will be will be. I’ve been in This particular sport long enough to know of which a certain amount of luck is actually involved so I keep my feet on the ground in addition to just do my job.
What was your favourite N24 race car in addition to why?
of which’s tricky. Well I did spend a lot of time inside the 997 Porsche so I might have to say of which one actually. We put so much into trying to get of which car on the podium. In 2014 we had a faultless race in addition to finished fourth in addition to everyone was over the moon nevertheless disappointed of which we hadn’t quite finished on the podium. The next year though we finished on the podium with another faultless race against factory cars. of which was the last year with of which car in addition to the following year the 991 came in addition to we had to almost start again. We were ninth with the brand new car nevertheless after a year of work the automobile is actually capable of challenging for the win as we saw inside the VLN. We expect of which car to be a top 5 car This particular year. I just trust I’m ahead of the idea inside the BMW.
I suppose inside the back of my mind I’m 43 in addition to of which sooner or later This particular has to end. I see a lot of my contemporaries in addition to feel I’m one of the fittest on the grid. Each year of which passes I gain more experience, which is actually crucial here in addition to I will aim to continue for quite a few years yet.
What’s your favourite part of the track in addition to why?
I’d say via Adenau to the Karussell is actually my favourite part of the circuit. of which is actually the big climb where you are basically sitting flat out up the hill. You have a curve, which is actually just a slight lift. the idea’s a gear down in addition to brake inside the Porsche, nevertheless inside the M6 the idea’s flat out! You go through the idea at 220km per hour in addition to is actually quite an eye-opener!
Apart via tyre in addition to car developments, are there any some other technological developments of which have helped you improve performance? Whether during the race or in pre-race training?
On the fitness side of things, I have always trained nevertheless about three years ago I began cycling in addition to like anything you want to do competitively you have to do the idea four times a week. Driving is actually the same in addition to golf is actually another one. Golf doesn’t actually get you fit so I stopped playing golf in addition to began cycling, resulting in my fitness today being at a very high level. At 43 I am the most fit in addition to lean of which I have ever been. My core strength in addition to cardiovascular fitness is actually through the roof! The downside is actually of which my upper Centeng strength is actually down, nevertheless I train with pro cyclists in addition to match them in addition to when I don’t, I sit on their back wheel. This particular has been the major change in me over the last few years. If my career is actually to be elongated then the idea will be because of my fitness. As my contemporaries retire the idea makes you think, nevertheless as long as I am physically fit in addition to able to do the job I don’t see why I can’t go on.
In terms of the technological improvements, there are many. You only have to look back to 2010 when we were racing GT1. We had no ABS, no paddle gearbox, in addition to no traction control. Whereas today every car I drive has ABS, every car has traction control. We have all the aids, paddle shift obviously. Technology wise I have always liked the move to paddle shift gearboxes – not having to take my hands off the wheel is actually something I especially like. I’ve been driving a long time in addition to gone through these technological improvements in addition to I can’t see how much further the idea can go. We will always be changing gear in addition to cars will not lose traction control or ABS elements. the idea has been great to be around in This particular era of cars. I guess the downside is actually of which engines are today being limited. Joe public expects you to be going 200mph, nevertheless we are going max 0 to 165. inside the past cars were going a lot quicker down the straight! However, we are today cornering a lot quicker than we use to.
is actually there a particular time inside the race when you most like being inside the automobile?
For me, the best time is actually as the sun comes up. If you are the one getting into the automobile at 4.30am, you know you are going to be seeing daylight at the end of your stint. nevertheless because you are constantly watching the idea is actually such a gradual thing, a little bit more in addition to a little bit more. of which is actually the best feeling when you can see the darkness turning into light.