Mega charge up field in Blancpain Endurance Cup premiere at Monza

A fabulous performance led to a major improvement in Monza, Italy. Patric Niederhauser made a sensational charge up the field in his first endurance cup race in the Blancpain GT series. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 fielded by his team Attempto Racing secured P54 on the grid after a tough qualifying session. Niederhauser took the wheel for the crucial first stint at the historic track on his GT3 debut. The official Lamborghini GT3 Junior turned in an excellent performance, moving 33 positions up the field during his one-hour stint. The team were in 19th place overall by the end of the three-hour race.  

Patric, what do you think of the result in view of your initial grid position?
I’m pleased with my performance, because I was able to really charge up the field right from the start. I had a lot of fun racing. That was a really terrific race! Overtaking one car after another on the track was mega. It’s just the best feeling in the world for a racing driver. Finishing in 19th place after starting from P54 on the grid is certainly not bad. Our car was really good on the track in the race. Had there been no problems initially, then a better result would have been a distinct possibility, for sure.  

What happened earlier on in practice and in qualifying?
We didn’t actually feel comfortable in the car in either of the two sessions, which made finding the right setup very tricky. That also affected our qualifying, unfortunately. Ultimately though, we found the cause of the problem in time for the race on Sunday afternoon. I immediately realised on the formation lap that things were much better, so I would like to thank again the guys from Attempto Racing for their great work and obviously my team-mates, Fabio Babini and Daniel Zampieri. We’re learning with every race and have already made good progress as a team.

How did you spend your time when your team-mates were out on track racing?
Well, of course, I followed the race at the pit wall after my stint at the start and kept my fingers crossed for my team-mates. This was my first endurance race in the Blancpain GT series, but I had no problems from a physical point of view. My background is in single-seater racing, so I’m quite used to it. I would have liked to have gone even further, mainly because the race went so well.

You will be lining up in the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring next weekend, at one of the circuits that is new to you. What are your expectations for the second weekend in the series?
I’ve driven on plenty of circuits around the world during my career, but yes, the Sachsenring will be a fresh challenge. This is a track that follows the natural contours of the landscape and has some blind turns which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve heard only good things about the Sachsenring from other drivers. Changes in elevation make driving there very interesting and challenging as well. The track should suit our car, so I’m hoping for decent results in the two races. Qualifying will once again be the key to success in this terrific field of entrants.