Quinta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2016

Nordschleif Nürburgring FIA World Touring Car Championship

Nordschleif Nürburgring FIA World Touring Car Championship

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13245390_699860646819646_1238392591378093082_n.jpgEste fim de semana é em Nordschleife. Correr no fim de semana que passou em Spa Francorchamps e no próximo em Nordschleife é para poucos. Sou um sortudo. Vamos com tudo este fim-de-semana!

This weekend we race in Nürburgring Nordschleife. To race one weekend in Spa and now in Nordschleife is not usual, I am definetely a lucky guy! Let´s go for it! ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬

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Nordschleife preparations. Amazing atmosphere ✌🏻️ ‪#‎wtcc‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerfdreams‬ ‪#‎nordschleife‬

Preparação para a Nordschleife. Ambiente incrível ✌🏻️

 

LADA SPORT hopes to run rings around WTCC rivals at ‘The Ring’


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is targeting divine results at ‘The Green Hell’, with the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) returning to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for a second consecutive year (27-28 May). 

The Nordschleife is the world’s longest and most demanding racetrack, with a 25.27 km configuration, that officially encompasses 73 corners,  inclines of up to 17 percent and several changes in the track surface, so, to win the WTCC’s Race of Germany is no mean feat and Nick Catsburg insists that track knowledge is somewhat overrated.

“I have competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours twice and I have also raced in five VLN events on the Nordschleife, but driving the LADA Vesta TC1 will be very different for me, since I have only raced GT3 cars on the circuit,” said  Nick Catsburg.

“For me, track knowledge is a little overrated, especially in the dry. Having a good car is really important and I won my first race on the Nordschleife primarily because I had strong machinery underneath me and a capable team. I have only completed one wet lap on the track, but I know experience counts for more in those conditions, with so many different types of asphalt.”
 
LADA SPORT ROSNEFT expects representatives from LADA fan clubs in Germany and also German dealers to turn out for the WTCC’s annual visit to the Nürburgring this weekend.

Germany has always been a key market in Western Europe for LADA and the sales were traditionally strong and stable, and, with sales of the new Vesta model booming in Russia, LADA SPORT’s participation in the WTCC Race of Germany is sure to attract a lot of interest among fans of the brand.

The attention will be no doubt be amplified by the fact that there has been more consistency in LADA SPORT’s results than ever before in 2016. Its drivers – Nick Catsburg, Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente – have been a constant threat for pole positions and podium finishes in the first four rounds of the 2016 season.

It’s all to play for heading into the WTCC Race of Germany, and  Gabriele Tarquini says: “Despite my decades of experience in motorsport, I had never raced on the Nürburgring Nordschleife before last year. It is very different from a normal circuit for being so long and because it’s so difficult to remember all of the corners.

“The LADA Vesta usually works best in high-speed corners, but the Nordschleife is unique, full of bumps and it consists of every type of corner. It is very hard to predict how the car will work there, but I hope we have a good weekend and I will work hard to find the strongest possible setup.”

Hugo Valente added: “The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the most difficult circuit in the world and you have a very small margin for error. There is always something to surprise you and it’s all about treating the track with respect and learning it one step at a time. The challenge makes it very exciting and I love it! It’s super-fast and you need to find the correct rhythm without overdoing it, otherwise you will end up in the barriers.

“It’s a circuit for men, not boys! However, it’s hard to say how LADA SPORT ROSNEFT will perform, simply because it’s a unique place and setup is completely different to any other track. We will see how the LADA Vesta behaves after the first practice session, although we know the car performs well in fast turns. The forecast says it will rain and I’m not very happy about that. The weather could ruin the party!”

The WTCC made its ‘Ring’ debut in 2015 and the Championship’s Race of Germany will once again run in support of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on the combined Nordschleife and Grand Prix track this weekend. Some 150 cars will compete in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race and LADA SPORT’s Catsburg is becoming something of a Nürburgring 24 Hours stalwart, having entered the race twice before.  
 

 

 

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Rob Huff went P3 in FP0 with Tiago Monteiro P4 and Michelisz Norbert P6

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Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez took top spot in Free Practice 1 for the FIA WTCC Race of Germany 2016 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife!

World champion López set a best lap of 8m44.236s early in the one-hour session, finishing up a second clear of Citroën Racing team-mate Yvan Muller in a reversal of the positions from Testing held earlier on Thursday.

WTCC Trophy competitor Tom Chilton took an impressive third, just three tenths away from Muller. Nicky Catsburg was fourth for LADA Sport WTCCin front of Rob Huff, who triggered an early end to the session with two minutes to go after he crashed his Honda due to a suspected puncture. He was reportedly unhurt in the impact, but has been taken for checks.

FIA WTCC

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13263739_1131345563596083_6110577283687214920_n.jp1er et 2e des deux premières séances d'essais sur la Nordschleife. Qualifications demain à 12h45 / 1st and 2nd of the first practice sessions at the Nordschleife. Qualifying tomorrow at 2:45 pm.

Yvan Muller

 

 

Sexta-feira

 

Honda excluída das corridas da Hungria e Marrocos.

 

Honda excluded from Hungary and Morocco results

The cars of Honda have been excluded from the results of the last two rounds of the World Touring Car Championship following an investigation by the technical delegate and the stewards at the Nürburgring, which found the team’s flat floors and rear hatch not in compliance with the technical regulations.

The investigation which was first announced in Hungary at the end of last month has continued on as the technical delegate investigated the team’s flat floor, which has now included the rear hatch in respect of Hungary’s results.

The stewards confirmed on Thursday night their decision, stating:

“Part(s) belong to car numbers 5, 12, 17 and 55, Flat floor 2015 – front section B has been found not in compliance with the regulations of the 2016 FIA WTCC as follows:

“1. It is different to the part featuring in the homologation form extension 5747 210/07 ER as well as the part presented during the homologation inspection, breach of article 263.003 and 263.004 of Appendix J.

“2. Its construction is not in compliance with the definition of composite applicable at the time of the homologation of the extension A5747 210/01 ER (Article 251.2.1.11 of the Appendix J), breach of article 263.902 of Appendix J.

“Decision: exclusion from the event(s)”

The exclusion applies to all three factory cars as well as the privateer entry of Ferenc Ficza for Zengo Motorsport. Tiago Monteiro, who is second in the championship, stands to lose his two podium results from the last two weekends while Rob Huff would lose his Morocco race victory, and all points scored during the races and qualifying.

Honda have already stated their intention to appeal the decision.

“We are total convinced that our flat floors are in full compliance with the current FIA World Touring Car Championship technical regulations,” said the team in a statement.

“Appeals will therefore be lodged against all decisions.”

 http://www.touringcartimes.com/2016/05/27/honda-excluded-from-hungary-and-morocco-results/

 

 

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Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez took the DHL pole position for the Main Race atFIA WTCC Race of Germany 2016 with a sensational record lap of theNürburgring Nordschleife.

The two-time world champion was already sitting on provisional pole when he achieved an 8m35.541s lap on his final attempt, moving 3.573 seconds clear of Citroën Racing team-mate Yvan Muller at the top of the times and bettering his qualifying record from 2015 by 1.8 seconds.

Tom Coronel produced another outstanding qualifying performance to claim third as the best WTCC Trophy runner in his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze.

Read more!

FIA WTCC

 

 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s Nick Catsburg to start WTCC Race of Germany in TOP-5

27 May

Qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife concluded with Nick Catsburg leading the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT charge from within the top five (Friday 27 May). 

The Dutch driver pushed his LADA Vesta TC1 to the sixth fastest time on the 25.3km circuit, which is nestled in Germany’s wild and picturesque Eifel Mountains, therefore he will start Saturday’s (28 May) Opening Race from P5 under the reversed grid rules and the Main Race from P6.

However, the strongest session for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT was undoubtedly FP2 on Friday morning, as all three LADA Vestas could be found in the top five positions, with Italian touring car star Gabriele Tarquini holding second, France’s Hugo Valente third and Catsburg fifth. 

Unfortunately, the all-important qualifying session didn’t quite go to plan. The typical three-part qualifying format has been replaced with a single hour-long session for the WTCC’s Race of Germany on what is easily the world’s longest race circuit, but the track was also shared with competitors from the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). 

Crashes involving runners from both the ETCC and WTCC limited drivers to only a few flying laps, and Valente was one unfortunate casualty, when a tyre failure sent him spearing into the barriers at high speed close to the end of qualifying.  

The Frenchman will subsequently start both races from 13th, one place behind LADA SPORT teammate Tarquini. 

Сatsburg said: “I pulled it out of the bag at the end of qualifying! I feel good, the car feels good and the result is good, if not a little disappointing. I think I might have been able to find one second or so, but I know I’m not five seconds off Jose Maria Lopez’s pace as a driver and I feel I got the most out of the car. It was nice to have some wet running with the LADA Vesta and I’m happy in those conditions, so I’m happy!”

Tarquini added: “Perhaps we didn’t find the best possible setup for qualifying.  In FP2, we had some wet running and the car was totally different – it felt great, but the problem was there when we came back to the dry setup today. I was sure we could make the top ten at the start of qualifying and then I made mistakes while trying to deal with some understeer. We have nothing to lose by experimenting with setup changes from 12th on the grid.”

Valente said: “The LADA Vesta is behaving very well here at the Nurburgring in both wet and dry conditions and that’s why I’m so frustrated to have had two tyres blow out. I was going quite slowly when the first one let go in free practice, but the second one happened while I was pushing on at 260kph on one of the fastest parts of the track. I was a passenger on both occasions and I just feel sorry for the guys in the team, who worked so hard to repair my car overnight. Confidence counts for a lot around here and these two offs won’t help when I go into tomorrow’s races!”

 

 

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s Nick Catsburg to start WTCC Race of Germany in TOP-5


Qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife concluded with Nick Catsburg leading the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT charge from within the top five (Friday 27 May).
 
The Dutch driver pushed his LADA Vesta TC1 to the sixth fastest time on the 25.3km circuit, which is nestled in Germany’s wild and picturesque Eifel Mountains, therefore he will start Saturday’s (28 May) Opening Race from P5 under the reversed grid rules and the Main Race from P6.
 
However, the strongest session for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT was undoubtedly FP2 on Friday morning, as all three LADA Vestas could be found in the top five positions, with Italian touring car star Gabriele Tarquini holding second, France’s Hugo Valente third and Catsburg fifth.
 
Unfortunately, the all-important qualifying session didn’t quite go to plan. The typical three-part qualifying format has been replaced with a single hour-long session for the WTCC’s Race of Germany on what is easily the world’s longest race circuit, but the track was also shared with competitors from the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).
 
Crashes involving runners from both the ETCC and WTCC limited drivers to only a few flying laps, and Valente was one unfortunate casualty, when a tyre failure sent him spearing into the barriers at high speed close to the end of qualifying. 
 
The Frenchman will subsequently start both races from 13th, one place behind LADA SPORT teammate Tarquini.
 
Сatsburg said: “I pulled it out of the bag at the end of qualifying! I feel good, the car feels good and the result is good, if not a little disappointing. I think I might have been able to find one second or so, but I know I’m not five seconds off Jose Maria Lopez’s pace as a driver and I feel I got the most out of the car. It was nice to have some wet running with the LADA Vesta and I’m happy in those conditions, so I’m happy!”
 
Tarquini added: “Perhaps we didn’t find the best possible setup for qualifying.  In FP2, we had some wet running and the car was totally different – it felt great, but the problem was there when we came back to the dry setup today. I was sure we could make the top ten at the start of qualifying and then I made mistakes while trying to deal with some understeer. We have nothing to lose by experimenting with setup changes from 12th on the grid.”
 
Valente said: “The LADA Vesta is behaving very well here at the Nurburgring in both wet and dry conditions and that’s why I’m so frustrated to have had two tyres blow out. I was going quite slowly when the first one let go in free practice, but the second one happened while I was pushing on at 260kph on one of the fastest parts of the track. I was a passenger on both occasions and I just feel sorry for the guys in the team, who worked so hard to repair my car overnight. Confidence counts for a lot around here and these two offs won’t help when I go into tomorrow’s races!”
 

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P10 on qualy means pole for the opening race ✌🏻️ ‪#‎nordschleife‬ ‪#‎honda‬‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬

10º na qualificação o que significa que vou sair da pole para a primeira corrida!

No mais difícil e exigente circuito do mundo, Tiago Monteiro garantiu esta tarde o primeiro lugar da grelha para a primeira corrida do WTCC em Nurburgring Nordscheleife, o conhecido “Green Hell”.

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13325654_1300806443282094_1544941604354898988_n.jp MAC3 victory and pole position for Tiago Monteiro for the opening race. After a challenging weekend, that's a pretty good result in qualifying. Michelisz Norbert starts P4 for the main race and P6 for the opener. Rob Huff P8 for main race and P17 due to engine-change penalty in opener.

 

 

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 Quando ia em primeiro.. e na ultima volta, um pneu sai e o acidente acontece...

 

 

"Foi um grande susto mas felizmente não passou disso. Tanto eu como o Yvan estamos bem, vim apenas ao hospital fazer alguns exames por precaução. Volto em Moscovo mais forte que nunca 💪🏻👊🏻

That was a big moment but thankfully I am ok and Yvan as well. I'm in the hospital doing some exams just for precaution. I'll be back stronger than ever in Moscow"

Tiago Monteiro

 

 

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WINNER! 🎉 2nd victory Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez today.
P2. Michelisz Norbert
P3. Tom Chilton

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A dramatic day with a puncture-induced high-speed crash for Tiago Monteirowhile leading - from which he emerged unscathed - plus two podiums forMichelisz Norbert and a terrific recovery drive for Rob Huff.

 Honda Racing WTCC

 

 

13312805_798681770232018_1232604445629424017_n.pngJose Maria "Pechito" Lopez ruled the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife by winning both encounters at FIA WTCC Race of Germany.

The Citroën Racing driver charged through from ninth on the grid to claim the Opening Race laurels before converting his DHL pole position into victory number five of 2016 by taking the Main Race triumph.

 

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Strong results for LADA SPORT ROSNEEFT in incident-packed races on the Nordschleife 


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT came away from the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the world-renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife with a pair of top six finishes (Saturday 28 May).

French racer Hugo Valente led the LADA charge in sixth in the Opening Race and Nick Catsburg from the Netherlands finished sixth in the day’s Main Race on the 25.3km racetrack, nestled deep in Germany’s Eifel Mountains.

The Opening Race started without haste, but turned into an incident-packed affair, as a final-lap tyre failure for leader Tiago Monteiro initiated a dramatic collision that took him and Yvan Muller out of the race.

All three LADA SPORT ROSNEFT drivers finished inside the top ten and Valente was satisfied to lead the Russian team’s charge in sixth, with Tarquini and Catsburg shadowing him in seventh and ninth respectively.

However, attention was squarely on the durability of the WTCC’s control tyres, as the failure that claimed Monteiro was the last of many at ‘The Ring’, with Valente himself a victim of two blow outs in free practice and qualifying.

A field of concerned and frustrated drivers lacked confidence after being advised not to push and to avoid the kerbing while flying through the forest on the Nordschleife, and the instructions only served to dilute the on-track action in the Main Race.

Tarquini and Valente sat in seventh and eighth after a typically physical start, sticking their elbows out and muscling their way through the first corner complex to commence a race-long battle with the Volvos of Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Bjork.

Italian touring car veteran, Tarquini, drove the widest LADA Vesta on the track in defence of seventh place and, although he and his young French teammate, Valente, soaked up immense pressure, they were ultimately out-dragged in the Nordschleife’s protracted acceleration zones and crossed the line in eighth and tenth, with Catsburg coming home in a solid sixth.

Reflecting on generally positive, if not slightly frustrating outing at the Nurburgring, Catsburg said: “I didn’t feel comfortable in the car because we were all a bit afraid about the tyres, so I took it easy and just brought it home. Had we been able to push, I think a podium might have been possible in the Main Race”.

Valente added: “The car wasn’t performing as well as in free practice and qualifying, because there were concerns over the tyres and we had to make changes that we’ve never done before, but my progress was good and I don’t think we could have asked for more than a sixth place in the Opening Race. We struggled in a straight line and we were advised to be cautious on the Nordschleife to save the tyres. We’ve had a lot of punctures, not just at the Nurburgring, but at normal circuits too, and it’s a shame that no action has been taken with the tyres before this weekend.”

Tarquini said: “I can’t be satisfied with the results, as I wasn’t able to push in the races. Tyres have been a big problem this weekend and it’s not the place to have this issue, as we’re in a forest, you reach very high speeds and there’s very little room for error. Cars are faster and heavier than last year and the problem must be analysed. You can’t race at a track like this, fearing that the tyres might let go and I was more of a taxi driver on the Nordschleife today.”

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) moves on to LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s homeland, Russia, and the Moscow Raceway for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 season (10-12 June).
 

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John Filippi sobrevive en el “Infierno verde” para lograr un cuarto puesto

http://camposracing.com/john-filippi-sobrevive-en-el-infie…/

John Filippi survives “Green Hell” to take fourth place
http://camposracing.com/john-filippi-survives-green-hell-…/…

 

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José María López doubled up at FIA WTCC Race of Germany by winning the Main Race at the Nürburgring Nordscheife after a battle with Norbert Michelisz.

Honda driver Michelisz, promoted to the front row of the grid, made a better start than pole-sitter López to take the lead down the inside of Turn 1. López quickly responded though and reclaimed first place around the outside of the Schumacher S.

He led by three seconds at the end of the first lap, but that advantage was slashed to less than a second at the end of lap two. The gap between the Citroën and the Honda would come down again on the third and final tour but López held on to win by 0.435 seconds.

Tom Chilton was again the top WTCC Trophy driver and again on the outright podium in third. Rob Huff got very close to his fellow Briton on the final lap – even making contact – but had to settle for fourth. Mehdi Bennani passed Nicky Catsburg to finish fifth.

Polestar Cyan Racing had a great race, with its two drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk working their way up to seventh and eighth respectively, past the LADAs of Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente.

Sabine Schmitz finished just outside the points on this occasion in 11th

13319947_702698769869167_8883207522505671355_n.jpgAcordei muito dorido mas aliviado e contente por já estar em casa com a minha família. Obrigado a todos pelas milhares de mensagens de apoio que para mim significam muito!! Agora é recuperar para voltar mais forte que nunca em Moscovo daqui a duas semanas 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻

Very sore and bruised but so grateful and happy to be back home with my family!! Thank you all so much for your kind messages!! It means so much to me!! I will be back stronger than ever in Moscow 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 ‪#‎raceway‬ in 2 weeks!! ‪#‎workhardplayhard‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬‪#‎lovemyfamily‬

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Yvan Muller  WTCC Nürburgring.

 

Rob Huff reflects: a double dose of 'The Green Hell'

There was collisions, controversy and a whole lot of drama during the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany and the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of the Nurburgring (27-29 May).

To be honest, it was shaping up to be a nightmare weekend for me. In the WTCC, some sort of failure on my Honda caused a massive shunt at 220kph in free practice, necessitating an engine-change that resulted in a ten-place grid penalty and resigned me to 17th on the Opening Race grid.

The Castrol Honda Racing boys did a phenomenal job to repair the car, I had a little trip to the Medical Centre and all was fine by the time we reached qualifying.

We looked pretty quick in practice, but my Civic Type-R wasn’t the same and didn’t fill me with confidence after its brush with the barriers. I qualified seventh and successfully raced to fourth place in both the Opening and Main Races, which, considering how the week began, is pretty good going.

The main story of the Opening Race was the incident involving my teammate Tiago Monteiro and Citroen’s Yvan Muller; a tyre failure sent Tiago into a terrifying high-speed spin that saw him go airborne. Yvan simply had no way of avoiding the wayward Honda, contact was made and they were both out on the spot.

Thankfully, Tiago was unhurt, but the crash initiated a big debate over the durability and safety of the WTCC’s Yokohama tyres.

There was a lot of fuss and, although I believe this should be analysed and we do need a special ‘Nurburgring tyre’, I know my car is built to the highest level by a very professional set of people. I hit the wall hard in sixth gear and I didn’t even have a bruise or a stiff neck to show for it!

The fact is, we’re racing drivers and, if you’re concerned about your own safety, don’t race! It’s as simple as that.

However, the spotlight was also on Honda after WTCC stewards and the FIA Technical Delegate deemed the Civic Type-R TC1’s flat floors to be in breach of the championship’s technical regulations.

The team was disqualified from the Hungarian and Moroccan results and many were seeking my reaction to the exclusions, but I don’t feel it’s my place to comment; I just drive the car and the WTCC regulations and how Honda interprets them is effectively nothing to do with me.

Naturally, I’m very disappointed, but Castrol Honda Racing is adamant that its floors comply with the regulations and it will appeal in the coming weeks, although the decision is shameful for the fact that the WTCC revolves around its fans and yet, after a fantastic start to the season, there’s now a feeling that the ruling has denied us a good title fight.

I just wanted to get my head down and move on, and that’s pretty easy when you’ve got a Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS waiting to be driven in the Nurburgring 24 Hours!

I was due to test the car earlier in the week, but these plans were cancelled because – and you won’t believe me when I tell you – my plane’s cockpit windows smashed on take-off!

We turned around and made an emergency landing – a new experience for me – but I was unable to get a seat on another flight to Germany and my first taste of the car would be in qualifying on Friday (27 May).

Free practice was curtailed by a gearbox failure and an off for one of my co-drivers and my experience of the AMG GTS consisted of three qualifying laps – one more than my teammates, who know the car well.

The first session was primarily about making it into the top 30 in order to get a blue light, which is basically a permanent blue flag, but Indy Dontje did a great job to put us third.

However, the heavens opened at ‘The Green Hell’ just prior to the top-30 shootout on Friday night, so the idea was to simply complete two sensible laps and bring the car home, which we did in 28th.

It was always going to be an interesting 24 hours, but the start was unbelievable. The race had barely begun when, out of nowhere, massive amounts of ice fell from the sky; several cars crashed and countless others became stranded, their slick tyres unable to grip on what became an ice rink.

A long delay meant my first real run in the AMG GTS would be during the evening shift


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