01.10.2011 - With P2 at Nibelungenring-Rally still facing championship
The home event of Valentine Hummel and co-driver Katja Geyer was originally planned with the hitherto victorious BMW 120d Coupe, but due to the absence of starters in class G19 they had to reschedule at short notice. Without enough competitors they couldn’t gain enough points to defend the lead in the Hessian Rally Championship and the DMSB Rally Trophee mid. Therefore they hired the Gr. N Honda Civic of Schmack Motorsport in order to start in class 8, Gr. N/F among the strong field of 15 starters.
As Valentin never raced on this car before, he started off somewhat cautious in SS1. His direct competitor in the championships, Benjamin Krusch, however, started the rally like unleashed and had right a lead of 9.1 seconds with his first SS best time over Valentin, who was constantly approximating to the car’s limit. On SS 1/4 and 2/5 was above all a strong car requested and it was not possible to make up for the lost time only by good driving skills.
Lateron Valentin marked twice best time in class during the total of six SS. In the duel mingled also another driver: Benno Berwanger with co-driver Silke Di Clemente. In SS6, however, their forward thrust ended in a serious accident, which fortunately did not turn out that bad. At the end Valentin and Katja were happy about their 2nd place in class and 11th place in the overall standings as they had demanded the best possibly result from the car and the track.