Top-ten finish in Silverstone: Patric Niederhauser on the up
From P19 on grid to a finish in the Top Ten. Patric Niederhauser and his Attempto Racing team have achieved a significant increase in their performance curve. Heavy traffic prevented a better result in qualifying in a top-class field of more than 50 GT3 racing cars. So, the Swiss driver and his team-mates, Daniel Zampieri and Fabio Babini, had to put things right in the race. Niederhauser took over the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in 13th position for the final stint. The official Lamborghini GT3 Junior finally crossed the finish line in tenth place, securing points in the Lamborghini.
Patric, that was an impressive charge up the field. Has everything now finally clicked into place?
Our understanding of the car keeps improving, so I hope that we will now figure regularly among the front-runners. The season so far has not gone quite as I would have wished. A definite upward trend is now apparent, so I’m satisfied with tenth place. We obviously race to get on the podium and win, but if you take into account the last few races, then a top-ten finish in the Blancpain Endurance Cup with more than 50 cars is good going. It shows that we are on the right track.
You made life difficult for yourselves with 19th place on the grid. What happened in qualifying?
I hit traffic in the penultimate turn on my fastest lap, unfortunately. Other drivers certainly had the same problem. Apart from that, I’m pretty sure that we would have been further up the field, had we enjoyed a clear run. We have to continue to improve in qualifying. There are still a few tenths to be gained over a lap, and then we’ll definitely be close to the Top Ten. I am, however, very satisfied with our race pace. The whole team did a great job.
You took over the car in P13. How did your stint go?
I got caught up in scraps on my first two laps, which cost me two places. Still, I quickly found my rhythm and not only made up for the lost places but overtook another three cars. The battles for position were tough but fair. They were a lot of fun. The safety car came out in the final period of the race, which was unfortunate for me, because I had just closed on the driver in ninth position. A much slower car that we were about to lap got in between us. I had to pass it on the re-start. In the end, there was no time left to mount another overtaking manoeuvre.
The next race will be staged at the Lausitzring within the context of the ADAC GT Masters. How do you rate your chances there?
We drove to the Lausitzring to carry out testing straight after the Sachsenring race. We found this single day spent testing most enlightening. We noticed a big improvement in performance just one week ago at Brands Hatch but were unlucky in the race. Now at Silverstone, we finally realised the potential of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3. We know what needs fixing, which areas we have to work on and where we can make improvements. Also, I’m looking forward to competing alongside the DTM at the Lausitzring. This will be a top-class event for fans. We should have a good chance of securing another first-rate finish, as our car is very well balanced.