Seventh place for the Austrian and his team-mate Jaap van Lagen
With position seven in Saturday’s race Norbert Siedler and team-mate Jaap van Lagen claimed their best result of the ADAC GT masters season so far. A strong qualifying performance by the Austrian was the foundation of the good result. On Sunday the duo missed the Top-Ten after a timing problem during the pit-stop-period and finished in 14th place.
“That’s a good initial position,” Norbert Siedler was happy after the qualifying on Saturday. In the 20-minutes sessions he had just claimed the fourth starting position for the first race. “Of course you always aim at the pole-position, but that was the maximum for a Lamborghini today. Porsche was simply too strong,” the Tyrolean seemed satisfied.
In the first half of the race Norbert Siedler tried to find a way to pass the Mercedes in third place. At the same time, he had to defend his position against a Bentley. “With so many different cars you get really interesting battles. Every car has its strengths in other parts of the track,” he described. After 30 minutes Siedler handed the car over to his team-mate in fourth position. “Unfortunately we lost some time in the traffic directly after the driver change,” the 33-year-old explained.
Therefore, Norbert Siedler’s car crossed the finish line in seventh position after 38 laps. “When you start from position four you do not want to fall back. But I am really happy with the pace. We have made another step forward since the Spielberg-weekend. That is the most important thing for me. Besides that, the seventh place is our best finish of the season so far,” the Lamborghini-driver was happy.
Broken dashboard costs another Top-Ten finish on Sunday
The qualifying for Sunday’s race was not as successful as on Saturday: Jaap van Lagen secured the 20th starting position. Nevertheless, Norbert Siedler was optimistic before the start: “We have already shown that we can get points from a mediocre position. At Sachsenring we won ten places in the race.” At first things went according to plan for the experienced driver-pairing: Jaap van Lagen entered the pit-lane for the driver-change in 15th position. But instead of the mandatory 65 seconds, the HB-Racing-Lamborghini spent 72 seconds in the pit-lane. “Our dashboard did not work properly anymore, therefore we did not have any information about our pit-stop-time,” Siedler explained. The race driver from Wildschönau had to start another race to catch-up and improved up to 14th position.
In two weeks’ time the final third of the 2016 ADAC GT Masters season starts in Zandvoort. On the Dutch race track, which is located within the dunes of the North-sea coast, season’s races number eleven and twelfth will be held. “I am really confident,” Norbert Siedler looks forward. “I like the track anyway. As a Dutchman Jaap knows his home-track extremely well. He was really fast there in the past as well.”