After a promising start which saw the No.24 Lamborghini of Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis qualify third, the tricky weather conditions rendered tactics a guessing game and the team left with a best finishing position of 8th from both races for the No.24 and the No.25 of Tomas Enge and Darryl O’Young.
“The weekend was quite disappointing for us and we need to face this,” Reiter said. “We grabbed P3 in the qualifying session, our car was capable of winning and we are still coming back home with almost empty hands. We had the wrong pressure for these conditions in Albert’s car and the tyres overheated.
“Starting with the second car on slick tyres was a risk and it did not work. We switched to wet tyres when it started to rain and we should not have done that. Now we need to closely analyse the weekend before we travel to Navarra in a few weeks’ time.”
Von Thurn und Taxis was forced to start the main race on Sunday from the back (P14) due to the broken gear box in the Qualifying Race. Having gained three places by lap 5, he was not able to defend his place due to rapidly deteriorating tyres. Enge took over, managed a good performance and grabbed P8 in the end.
The team decided to use slick tyres for car No.25. However, in the third lap Daryl O´Young had to come back into the pits when it started to rain. That additional pit stop made a good place impossible.
What the drivers say …
Albert von Thurn und Taxis No.24
“I do not really understand what the problem is exactly. We have experienced rapidly deteriorating wet tyres on several occasions now. It was extreme in the race on Sunday and in the end the car was virtually non-drivable. All teams faced the same conditions and started on wet tyres but some just sped off. At the beginning we manage to keep up well but after a few laps we just do not stand a chance. We definitely need to think about and analyse these conditions because on some occasion we will be faced with them again.”
Tomas Enge No.24
“I think the race went well for us considering that we had to start from the back due to the broken gearbox. We should be pleased with the result. I was able to attack and gain a few places. And I am happy about having scored a few points. Overall, considering the chaotic weather this weekend it went quite well.”
Peter Kox No.25
“It was not our weekend. We were supposed to reach a much better result because the car worked well during the free practice sessions. Later, we did not make the right call with regard to the tyres but the weather conditions just did not work in our favour.”
Darryl O´Young No.25
“The weekend started off quite well and we managed to set good lap times in the free practice sessions. We grabbed P3 in the qualifying session and started from P2 because the Porsche in P2 was given a three-place grid penalty. We were given a drive-through penalty in the qualifying race which set us back, making a better place than P8 for Sunday’s race impossible. The position was extremely difficult for us, with the weather conditions is was not easy to find the ideal strategy. Well, the weekend is behind us now and we are looking ahead to Navarra.”
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