Out of luck at Motorsport Festival Lausitzring
67,500 motorsport fans came through the turnstiles last weekend at the Motorsport Festival Lausitzring in anticipation of some exciting racing in the ADAC GT Masters and the DTM. And right at the centre of the action was Patric Niederhauser! The event turned out to be a big disappointment for him and his Attempto Racing team. In Saturday’s ADAC GT Masters race, the Lamborghini GT3 Junior and his team-mate Daniel Zampieri made a gain of 13 places to finish 14th but failed to score any points. The second race on Sunday ended prematurely after a collision caused by an opponent.
Patric, you were struggling with various problems in qualifying at the Lausitzring...
We probably went out on track a bit too soon. I got caught up in some heavy traffic, so I was unable to get the tyres up to peak and extract the maximum out of them. When the track finally opened up for me on the third lap, I put in a strong first sector, but I wasn’t able to complete the run because the red flags came out. The same thing happened on my second attempt. Once again, I found myself in traffic, but this time, I left a bit of a gap. When I tried to push, I unfortunately made a small mistake. That was a real mess of a qualifying session.
You staged a magnificent charge in the first race. How did your stint go?
At the beginning, I was part of a convoy, and then I got stuck behind a Corvette. I was faster on the corners, but then the Corvette would easily pull away on the straights. We simply didn’t have the engine power to overtake. At the exit from the fourth and final corner, I was getting closer and closer to him, but by the end of the straight, I kept losing almost half a second. But we skilfully avoided getting caught up in any collisions, which enabled us to gain a few positions. After the pit stop, it continued in the same vein. My team-mate Daniel drove a clean race and eventually crossed the finish line in P14. As damage limitation, that was pretty good, but unfortunately it didn’t bring us any points. With a better qualifying result, we could have scored some decent points.
Sadly, you had to sit out the second race as a spectator. What exactly happened?
Dani got off to a good start from eighth place. He entered the first corner on the outside and kept out of all the trouble. On the third corner, he got hit, and the suspension broke. Up to that point, he had worked his way forward to fifth. He definitely did nothing wrong. A Top Five finish for us was certainly achievable, if not the podium. If we’d had a clean race, we could’ve been well in among the points. That was very frustrating for our entire team.
The next date in your diary is the Blancpain Endurance Cup.
That’s right. In three weeks’ time, we’re off to Le Castellet. We expect to get something out of that race. We were tenth in the previous event at Silverstone, and we’re all geared up for the Endurance Cup anyway. The track should suit our car. And at Le Castellet, we’ve always been fast, including the test last year. In particular, I’m looking forward to driving through the night. That’s just so cool!