Last week was the 3rd round of the Virtual Le Mans Series and it took place at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. In comparison to the first two rounds (4 hours), the race duration was extended by 2 hours.
Tom Knoll qualified the LMP 2 #106 on P15 and our GT #181 was driven by Alex Bräutigam, who just missed the pole by 9 thousandth of a second and put the car on P2.
The start of the LMP2 team was a reflection of their unfortunate and frustrating season. Although Tom had a good start, but after 9 laps he had a short game freeze and unfortunately lost the car at turn 1 resulting in damage. He tried to recover, but after 40 laps it happened again and the result was the next crash with a long damage repair stop.
After 57 laps he did a driver swap to Tomas Luty, who made his debut for the team. He had a lot of problems with his game and with his connection. Consequence of this was a lag spike which resulted in a big crash. After a long duration of repairing the damage, the team decided to do a driver swap, but something went wrong, so our LMP2 had the second DNF in a row.
We wish you more luck for the next race. We are really sorry for you guys! Keep on fighting!
Let's move to the race of our GT #181. Alex had a good start and took over the lead. Due to some penalties for other teams and his really good pace, he managed to hold this position and could even build up a gap! After 2 and a half hours, he handed the car over to Harald Bachmann. Unfortunately he had a lot of frame problems and struggled a lot with this challenging track. Therefore the gap melted bit by bit and in the end he was fallen back to P4. He tried everything what he could, but couldn't resist.
In his 2nd stint it got worse, after he was smashed by an LMP2. A damage repair stop of 300s ended their chances for a podium finish.
Alex drove the car for the last hour and brought the car home on P6. Not the best result, but our GT is still 3rd in the champion standings!
We wish both teams good luck for the next race at Imola on 18th of February.
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