Second place in the Qualifying Race and fourth in he Championship Race for Nicky Pastorelli and Thomas Jager in the No.37 Mercedes SLS AMG was a solid return.
For Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock in the No.38 car it was a case of what might have been particularly after the pair retired from the lead of the Qualifying Race with just six minutes remaining. The duo eventually finished sixth and were ninth in Sunday’s main event.
Pastorelli and Jager are now in third position in the drivers’ rankings, Basseng and Winkelhock are sixth. In the teams’ standings, the German outfit are second behind the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT squad.
“We could reduce the gap to the leading Belgian Audi Club Team WRT by about 12 points. That and the good placings of Nicky and Thomas were the good news for the weekend,” team manager Basseng said.
“Certainly we are not satisfied with everything, because a lot more had been possible.“ In the Qualifying Race, it was a throttle spring which denied Basseng and Winkelhock victory. “Suddenly I had problems with the throttle and I had to let the first position go unfortunately,” said Winkelhock.
In Championship Race, Jager led the field in the early stages but he and Pastorelli lost a few seconds after a spin by the latter. “With the cold tyres on the damp track, I touched the white line and I went off. Without that misfortune we could have finished third,” the Dutchman said.
Basseng summed up by saying: “Of course we wanted to win but the main goal is to get a lot of points with both cars all over the season.”
(Image: Gerlach Delissen)