Brands Hatch



11.05.2016

Official Lamborghini GT3 Junior Patric Niederhauser on the up


Last weekend, Patric Niederhauser was at Brands Hatch for the Blancpain GT Series sprint race. The classic circuit is a venue where the Lamborghini GT3 Junior had not driven before. The 24-year-old and his team-mate Daniel Zampieri steadily improved their times with every lap they completed on the tricky 3.92km track. Niederhauser finished the qualifying race in 25th place, which made him the fifth-fastest Lamborghini driver. The main race was then a big disappointment. Shortly after the start, there was a collision between Patric’s team-mate and an opponent. The rear axle of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 shattered and the game was up for the Attempto Racing duo.

Patric, you improved from session to session at Brands Hatch. But the upwards trend came to a halt in the qualifying race. What happened there?
I was pretty good in qualifying up to that point. We hit our target of making it through to the final qualifying session. We had got ourselves into the Top 19. As such, we could have had a good race. In the first race, we were somewhat unlucky. After the bonnet flew off my car, I had to come to the pits for a repair. We realised that the damage could not be made good during a pit stop. That cost us a lot of time. As regards speed, though, we were on song.

Then in the main race came that early exit. How did it happen?
Daniel started for us in the main race and described the incident to me. Another car took the second corner a bit too wide. Daniel exploited the error and made a move to go past on the inside. At the exit point of the turn, they unfortunately collided. Our rear axle broke, and we had to abandon the race. This is especially frustrating, because we were unable to show our potential. During the tests at the Lausitzring a few days ago, we got a better understanding of our car. We now know what we need to look out for, what we are working towards and what we still need to try out. We are now at a level where we could compete in at least the Top Ten of the ADAC GT Masters. It’s too bad that we couldn’t show what we were capable of.

This was your first outing at Brands Hatch. How did you like it?
Brands Hatch is a real old-school track. There are no run-off areas. The kerbs are between 20 and 30 centimetres wide. After a short grassy stretch, you come to the wall. This is a track that does not forgive any mistakes. It’s a bit bumpy, it goes up and down, and the corners are fast and flowing. I can’t think of a single turn that doesn’t fill me with excitement. Because of the changes in elevation, you get the feeling you’re riding a rollercoaster.

This coming weekend, you have the next race in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. What are your expectations for Silverstone?
I’m really looking forward to the next race. I know the track very well. For that reason, I also believe that I personally will do better there than at Brands Hatch. However, it’s difficult to predict our overall performance. The track layout should suit all the cars about the same. Fast corners alternate with slow ones, and there are some long straights. I don’t think that anyone is going to be rated as favourite there. Before I leave for Silverstone, I’ll make a trip home to recharge my batteries for the race weekend ahead.