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<IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/news/uploads/motorsport/c30_heico_racer_header.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Or at least most of it did--as you can see above, the front fender did not make it to the finish line. Press release below.<p>Weiterstadt, Germany. The 6 Hour ADAC Ruhr Cup Race 2009 went down in history for HEICO SPORTIV. Last Saturday, like Don Quijote at the time, HEICO SPORTIV was tilting at windmills. After 6 hour's of racing, the driver trio Ulli Andree, Patrick Brenndörfer and Martin Müller were rewarded with their second victory of the season using bioethanol.<p>Already Saturday morning's qualifying session got off to a sensational start with a blow-out during the first "flying round". Fortunately, things didn't take a turn for the worse for driver Martin Müller who, with exceptional dexterity, managed to stabilize the vehicle in the "Döttinger Höhe" track section at a staggering 230 kph (144mph), before hobbling back to the safety of Pit 33. Following an emergency repair with a taped front spoiler and short of a fender, Ulli Andree set a top time of 9:32.585 minutes. This translates to an overall rank 63 in the 188 vehicle-strong starting field.<p>For the starting driver, Patrick Brenndörfer, the race commenced from the pit lane. "The tire damage meant we had to repair the HEICO HS3," explains head technician Felice Sgura. During the first laps, Brenndörfer ploughed his way through the field before handing over to Andree/ Müller who continued to stir up the field with constantly fast lap times. Even permanently changing weather conditions were unable to break the team's drive for success. Finally, they were rewarded four hours into the race when their Volvo C30 powered by "CropPower85" bioethanol took the lead in the "SP4T" class, moving into 65th place overall.<p>But then, a secondary failure brought them to an abrupt halt, with a defective fan belt forcing them into a brief stop in the "Adenau" section. After that, off they shot again in pursuit to make up precious lost ground, before the news hit: Ford - the most dreaded competitor of all - was out of the running. "We would have preferred to win through our own performance rather than by default. But in the end, we were the ones with more luck and were rewarded with a well-earned victory," concludes Patrick Brenndörfer.
 
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