Strong race to catch-up in chaotic weather conditions
Norbert Siedler celebrated the fifth position at the longest race of the VLN Endurance Championship season at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The Tyrolean showed a strong race to catch-up from the 13th starting position together with his team-mate Alex Müller (D) in mixed weather-conditions.
Once again, the fight for the pole-position was decided in the last minutes of Saturday morning’s qualifying. “I was more or less the first of the top cars on track,” Norbert Siedler described. “There was a code-60-zone at Hohe Acht, which was turned into green directly after I passed by. The cars behind me did not lose any time there. This was just bad luck.” In the end, the endurance-specialist had to settle with the 13th starting position.
In the first laps of the race, Norbert Siedler immediately showed that the Frikadelli-Porsche has a lot more potential. “I was way faster than the cars in front of me. But especially the BMW were extremely fast at the long straight so that I had to fight hard for every position,” he reported.
After seven laps Norbert Siedler entered the pit-lane for the first driver change. “Position-wise the opening stint was perfect. But every overtaking manoeuvre cost a lot of time. A few yellow-flag-zones were especially bad for everyone behind position five. Therefore, there was big gap to the cars in front,” the Frikadelli-Racing-driver summarized.
In the further course of the race the weather remained typical for the Eifel-track: Again and again short rain showers changed the state of the track surface. “From a completely dry to a completely wet track – we have seen everything today,” Norbert Siedler pointed out. “When it was either clearly wet or clearly dry, our pace was really good. In mixed conditions our setup did not work out perfectly.”
Despite the difficult conditions Norbert Siedler and Alex Müller showed a flawless performance and finished in fifth position. “After the disappointing qualifying we can be really satisfied. The podium was unreachable after the huge traffic und unlucky yellow flag zones in the first stint. By now, qualifying has become really important in endurance races as well.”
Already in two weeks Norbert Siedler will travel to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife again. The sixth race of the VLN Endurance Championship will last for the usual distance of four hours. “I hope for a dry qualifying with no yellow flags or code-60-zones in the last minutes,” the 34-year-old looks forward. “Then we will be able to show our full potential.”