Yesterday was the 4th round with the 6hours of Suzuka. This was the hardest race of this season, during the entire race it was raining with some dry parts, but no chance to change tyres and try something different. It was great to see, that all this drivers could handle it in a good way and we doesn’t have had huge crashes. Congratulation to Insped Racing for winning the LM-P1 class with this pace and great performance, also congratulations to Feeder Ragnar Simulator for winning the LM-P2 class, this was an absulte great perfomance of you guys and last but not least congratulations to MotorSport Italia Racing for winning the GT class, this was an perfect drive of you guys. Also a big thanks goes out
to Joshua Anderson who has done again a very great job with his commentating and don't forget Jimmi Allison for making all this possible. Now let's move on and have a look what happened during this 6hours with our three cars, starting with the #6 LM-P1:
#6 LM-P1 was driven by Bernd Schmidt and Patrick Baaden. Patrick Baaden has driven the qualifying and he was able to get P6. His start was still fine for us without any trouble. After a few laps the first run of overlapping the GT started and it was pretty tough on this track, especially under these conditions. Patrick Baaden was doing very great and he was very cautious, unfortunately he get bumped into the rear by another P1 car, which suffered damage on the car. After his first two stints, it was time for Bernd Schmidt to take over the wheel. Now the bad time of the car has started, Bernd Schmidt feels very comfortable in the car, unfortunate he got into trouble by entering the last chicane, so he decide to take the way through the green and then he got surprised by the still police officers which results in a big damage and a 257sec repairstop. Bernd Schmidt doesn’t matter and go out of pits, full of enthusiasm and with great, but after 10 laps, there was contact with an GT car which ends in a 575sec repairstop. So Bernd Schmidt drive out again and his last stint was pretty good, but he decided to give the car back to Patrick Baaden for the last 2hours of the race. Patrick Baaden was able to catch up the pace and bring the car home on P3. This is the best season result of our LM-P1 car and we’re really happy to finish this hard race on the podium. Thanks to Patrick Baaden and Bernd Schmidt, you’ve done an excellent job out there.
#81 LM-GT was driven again by Shane Chancellor and Alex Bräutigam. In the short and rainy qualy session, Shane just missed the pole position, but was able to put the car on P3!
The start went good and Shane tried everything to keep up with the leading group. It was a challenging fight of 5 cars, but he reclaimed 3rd position. Unfortunately due to the high tyre wear, he had to pit earlier. Then the decisive moment our their race: Shane sadly got a disconnect on lap 26 and it cost them exactly 4! laps and he felt back to 15th place in class! After that Shane tried to do his best and finished his 2nd stint, to give the car over to Alex. Their aim was to finish the race and to get as many places back as possible. The car was not set to rain and therefore the guys struggled a bit on these conditions. But Alex achieved to regain some spots and despite of a few little mistakes, he got 7th place. They had to do a driver swap to Shane 30 mins before the end and he finished the race on a solid 7th place. Congratulations for this performance! It was not the best race, but after halfway through the season, they are still leading the championship with a 6 points advantage.
The #82 LM-GT was started by our new driver. Andreas Schröder made his debut and put the car on a solid P9 in the qualy session. Despite of his lack of VEC experience he did a really good start and could hold his position. Unfortunately he had some problems during his first pitstop. He had to pit 3 times in a row and after that they felt back to 11th place. After he finished his 2nd stint, James Duku took the car over on P10. James drove a very good and controlled double stint, without any mistakes and put the car back to P8. Then it was time for Fatih Demirci, who did the last two hours. He had less practice, but did a really good job and could hold the car on track with a solid pace. Finally he brought the car home on 8th place. Congratulations to you guys and it's good to see, that you have had more luck the last races and run incident free.
So good luck for the next race in 4 weeks at Sepang.
Black Hawk Racing