The red carpet was rolled out by the VLN for the 600 guests who had followed the invitation and came to the Bitburger Event Center for the annual prizegiving ceremony. It was a worthy setting to reward magnificent achievements. The “Night of the Champions” was very well organised by the VLN VV team and took place in a mood which was worthy of the champions. People were dancing until the early hours of the morning.
Previously, however, the champions and class winners were duly honoured for their achievements. When Michael Schrey came up on the stage for the culmination of the evening, the audience gave standing ovations. For the second time in a row, the BMW driver secured a victory in the VLN overall classification. He was visibly moved when the received the big and bright cup presented by Dietmar Busch, VLN VV GmbH Managing Director.
The cutest and sweetest performance during the award presentations was yet presented by the young girl Mathilda. The team of ‘mathilda racing’ is named after the daughter of Team Principle Michael Paatz and she represented the drivers Benjamin Leuchter and Andy Gülden, the class winners of the TCR category, to receive the cups for the team. She captured the hearts of the audience right away when she lifted the awards above her head, it was the most touching moment of the evening.
The representatives of the KTM X-Bow Cup also came up with a smart idea. Instead of a prize money, the successful teams received a prize on wheels. The winners of class Cup X, Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck, both received a KTM Duke 125 Bike. Axel and Max Friedhoff, the winners of the Gentleman and Amateur class were even rewarded with a KTM Duke 390 Bike.
The farewell to Karl Mauer was another very moving moment. The VLN Chief Representative will take his age-related leave by the end of the year. Since July 2011, Mauer was part of the VLN steering committee. He said goodbye with an emotional speech: “I wish to thank all those who supported me in my activities and also all the VLN stakeholders who put their confidence in me. I would like to wish Ralph-Gerhard Schlüter every success in leading the VLN and the same support which I gratefully received in particular from the teams and the participants.”
As is generally known, after the event is before the event. All those who wish to mark the date of next year’s prizegiving ceremony in their calendar already now are herewith informed that the VLN family will meet again for this purpose on 24th November 2018.