For Audi driver Christopher Haase, the motor racing year will begin earlier than for most other racing drivers. He will start his season this coming weekend, on January 25/26. His objective: The 52nd edition of the prestigious 24 hour race at Daytona! Following his debut in 2013, this is Haase’s second assault at the American classic. Last year he was denied a sensational result when, running in 2nd place, the car ran out of fuel on the very last lap (!); for this coming edition he has set his sights on success: „A podium finish in the GTD class would be amazing, we will try all we can to get there!“
Haase can rely on a superb crew and a group of fast team mates: „Paul Miller Racing is a very experienced, highly professional team. Even though they will be campaigning an Audi R8 LMS (in the US version) for the first time, the positive way our test at the Roar has gone gives me confidence. We were able to get a lot of work done over three uneventful days, and systematically evolve the car’s set-up in the right direction. Add to this my great colleagues on the driving team: With my Audi colleague René Rast, Britain’s Matt Bell and the American Bryce Miller, we have have a strong driver line-up“, says a confident Christopher Haase.
In spite of this ideal preparation, the race will obviously pose a great challenge: „the 24 Hours of Daytona are unique. There are the banked turns – before I went there for the first time I thought they would be nothing special“, Haase recalls, „but this extreme banking takes some time getting used to. At 260kph, you need to drive with plenty of finesse, and you feel every small change in the aerodynamics which can be a real challenge especially as you try to pass other cars. In addition to this, it won’t only be consistent speed but also the right strategy and smart tactics that will be very important. And we will also need to have luck on our side. In such a big field of cars, with so many different classes, you can quickly run out of room on the track. But we are in good shape for the race, and I am very much looking forward to it!“
By the way: America’s classic endurance race will be broadcast in over 335 million homes worldwide, with FOX TV reporting live from Daytona in the USA, starting at 1400 hours!
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