Virtual Endurance Championship
Last saturday was the second round with the 6 hours of Istanbul. This race have had all what endurance races can bring to with it. It was amazing to see all this cars on track and over 100 drivers from all over the world. First of all we wanna say thank you to all teams and drivers for this amazing race, it was tough but also a lot of fun out there. Also congratulation to RGPL Endurance Team for winning the LM-P1 class with this pace and great performance.
Also a big thanks goes out to Joshua Anderson who have done a very great job with his commentating and dont forget Jimmi Allisonfor making all this possible. Now let's move on and have a look what happens during this 6 hours with our three cars, starting with the #6 LM-P1:
#6 LM-P1 was driven by Bernd Schmidt and Patrick Baaden. Bernd Schmidthas driven the qualifying and he was able to get P9. His start was still fine for us without any trouble, sadly we lost 2 places during the first laps, but this doesn't count in a 6h race. So he have had a good pace during his first two stints, but also there were a little contact with the #16 car which costs a bit of time, then it was time for the first driver swap. Patrick Baaden takes over the control and he has a fine & stable stint, but also some problems with the car, he doesn't feel very comfortable with it. So both drivers were on the same pace and there was fighting for P3, sadly they have had a damage on the rear which costs them the 3rd place at the end of the race, so they finished the race on P4. Congratulation to both of you, very well done.
#81 LM-GT was driven by Shane Chancellor and Alex Bräutigam. Shane was driving the qualifying and he brings the car on P2 (in class). He have had a very great first stint without any problems. The tyre wear were a bit too high for him so he has to change the tyres earlier than the other teams, which costs a bit of time. Then it was time for Alex to get behind the wheel, also his pace was pretty good and he has the same problem with the tyres like Shane. The battle for P1 and P2 was possible for both of them, but at the end they finished the race on P3, the second podium in a row, which is an awesome result for both drivers. Congratulation to both of you, very very well done and deserved podium.
#82 LM-GT was driven by Fatih Demirci, James Duku and Martin Swaczyna. Fatih was driving the qualifying and he brings the car on P12. He has a pretty good start but then in lap 12 there was a contact with an P2 car, which caused in a medium damage which costs a lot of time to repair. After this they came back as good as they can and after 2 hours it was time for driver swap and James Duku takes over the control, his pace was very good and consistant, he was able to fight back on a good position and after his stint it was time for Martin Swaczyna. Also he was on an similar pace as James and Fatih. It's a pity to say, that they've to made a splash and dash close to the end of the race, but overall everyone has done an really good job outhere and at the end they finished the race on P7. Congratulation to all of you, very well done.
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