Patric Niederhauser in the points at Misano

Success in the first race of the season. In the season-opening fixture of the Blancpain GT series, Patric Niederhauser finished in the points in the Misano Sprint Cup along with team-mate Daniel Zampieri. The two Attempto Racing drivers brought their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 home in tenth place. After qualifying 18th on the grid, they went on a furious charge which was ultimately rewarded with one point.

Patric,you finished in the points. That’s an excellent result, isn’t it, especially in view of your P18 in qualifying?
I’m very, very pleased. The weekend did not get off to a brilliant start, but everyone in the team – and that obviously includes Daniel – turned in a superb performance which was ultimately rewarded with P10 and best-placed finish of anyone in a Lamborghini. We did not want to risk too much here, because we knew we needed a clean race to begin with. That’s exactly what we accomplished in Misano.

What was the mood in the team like?
We’ve already undertaken testing together, but a race weekend is a completely different kettle of fish. Things are always quite tense, especially before the first race, because everyone wants to know whether the test results were right in the end. We got to grips with our first recce, and the chemistry within the team worked really well. The mood was very positive here in Misano. I feel very much at ease with Attempto Racing, and that’s also very important. We all work well together. You simply have to in this sport.

After the first race, what’s the outlook now for the next few weeks and months?
Of course, it’s still very early in the season. We’ll have to see how things develop. At any rate, we must first ensure that we can achieve our potential. It should always be our goal to secure a top-ten finish at the very least. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 felt really good. The car is new both to me and the team. We found out quite a lot about it in a short time, but we still need more experience.

You will get more experience this weekend, as racing continues for you without a break.
True, I’ll be lining up in Oschersleben for my very first ADAC GT Masters event on Friday when I’ll be facing a fresh challenge and more competition. I can’t wait to put into practice all the experience I’ve gained in our Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and see where we stand in relation to the opposition there.