Fischer Racing wins at Oschersleben!
First success of Gruber/Nygaard with the Ford GT.
Oschersleben, 21.06.09. Successful weekend for Fischer Racing in the FIA GT3 European championship on home turf at the MotorsportArena Oschersleben. In Sundays race Fischer Racings two „young drivers", Florian Gruber (Germany) and Christoffer Nygaard (Denmark) scored in a thriller finish their first victory in European competition with the Ford GT of Fischer Racing
Florian Gruber started eight on the grid in damp conditions into Sundays race and handed over the Ford GT to his teammate Christoffer Nygaard on sixth position. The young Dane drove the Ford GT subsequently as high as second and eventually attacked the leading Audi R8 in the final laps of the race. With just two laps to go, Nygaard went past the Audi and secured the victory. "Suddenly a gap opened before me, I took advantage of that situation and went by," Nygaard was happy about his determining manoeuvre. "It was amazing, I can barely believe won here!"
"The conditions on the damp track were quite difficult in the beginning," said Florian Gruber after the race. "I didn't had a good start. It was very slippery in the beginning, I had to fight a lot and I'm over the moon with the result!"
"They couldn't do any better,"commented a happy team principal Hardy Fischer about his two drivers after the first victory in European Competition for his team.
The victory on Sunday offset the disappointment of Saturdays race. Lying fourth in the first race, Gruber/Nygaard retired with engine troubles. In a night shift, Fischer Racing changed the V8 engine of the Ford GT. Hardy Fischer: "I'm happy for my entire team. We really have a great team, the victory also belongs to the mechanics on whom I can always count! In the last races we had some bad luck. The guys worked the whole night, giving the drivers a car capable for victory."
Also Marc Gindorf (Switzerland) and Frank Kraeling (Germany) in the second Ford GT of Fischer Racing experienced two successful races. In the race on Saturday, Gindorf/Kraeling drove to position 22. "The race was good. Unfortunately problems with the belt cost us about 20 seconds at the drivers change,"explained Marc Gindorf. Sunday it went better, after the 60-minute race, Kraeling/Gindorf saw the chequered flap on position 13. "The race has been great fun, we are very happy with the result,"Frank Kraeling was pleased.
After their first victory, Gruber/Nygaard are now on sixth rank in the drivers championship, in the team championship Fischer Racing is likewise sixth.