VLN 2018: Olaf Manthey resigns from ILN activities
Olaf Manthey gives up his activities within the ILN – Team association is repositioning itself – VLN follow-up series off the table for the time being
Drumbeat behind the scenes of the Interessengemeinschaft Langstrecke Nürburgring (ILN): According to information from’Motorsport-Total.com’, Olaf Manthey is giving up his previous position as head of the team association and its spokesperson. The teams then decided at a large meeting on the fringes of the cancelled test and adjustment drives to reorganise the ILN. The aim is to move closer together. Manthey is apparently to remain a member of the association.
He does not want to comment on the exact reasons for his withdrawal from the ILN “at this point in time”. The Nordschleife legend is currently preparing his own team for the 2018 season. The future of the racing scene at the Nürburgring is “still very close to his heart”, emphasised the former DTM Vice Champion, whose team has already celebrated overall victory five times at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.
A source from the environment of DMSB and ADAC justifies the retreat as follows: “Even for a legend like Olaf Manthey it was a hopeless undertaking to reconcile the interests of 70 to 80 teams there. This is illusory. And no one who follows him will succeed. If anyone comes to do it…” Manthey informed the ILN the week before Daytona’s 24 hours that he would resign from his current position.
Critical topics successfully dealt with
Who exactly will succeed him is not yet clear. The ILN – an association of almost 80 VLN racing stables – has announced a press release before the first VLN run in which the new structure and the new goals are explained in detail:”The ILN needs a new structure, also to be legally on the safe side,” says Manthey:”In the long run it cannot be that the responsibility and work still rests on the shoulders of one or two people.
The association Langstrecke Nürburgring was founded in winter 2015/16 in the course of the Nordschleifen Permit and immediately drew attention to itself with a spectacular threat of a boycott. At that time, the DMSB had ignored the proposals of the drivers’ company. The threat had an effect; they sat down together at a table and found a compromise solution in which the drivers’ group from the ILN largely prevailed. The ILN has therefore shown that something can be achieved together.
Hardly any more chances for VLN successor series
“It has been really good work since the (ILN) foundation and a lot has been achieved,” says Manthey. Problematic topics of the past such as Code 60, e-learning for the DMSB Permit or the placement of marshals could be solved to such an extent that they are hardly an issue anymore. Nevertheless, the ILN could not prevent the rulemakers from going it alone again – for example on the chassis issue (here due to some misunderstandings in communication with the teams) or on the issue of standard tyres for individual VLN classes and the RCN (here there was again a solo run).
First of all, the topic of a new long-distance series on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is off the table under ADAC supervision:”It was difficult to find a common denominator for this topic,” says Manthey:”There was a lot of interest and good will, but also some people who did not understand certain things – or did not want to understand them.