EU3: Paul Ricard: Fischer Racing weekend summary

The penultimate round of the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship at the "Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track" in Le Castellet/France ended not as expected for Fischer Racing. Christoffer Nygaard (Denmark) and Florian Gruber (Germany) collected only...

The penultimate round of the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship at the "Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track" in Le Castellet/France ended not as expected for Fischer Racing. Christoffer Nygaard (Denmark) and Florian Gruber (Germany) collected only one championship point in Saturdays race, in Sundays second heat both Fischer Racing-Ford GT could not start into the second race.

The start of Saturdays race went really promising for Fischer Racing "Young driver" Christoffer Nygaard. With an excellent start, the young Dane moved from 12 on the grid to eight position in the first lap. Also Marc Gindorf in the second Fischer Racing-Ford GT had very good start, and moved from 21 up the 16. Light rain in the beginning of the race then caused difficult track conditions.

Within the first three laps, the light moisture gave the white-red varnished kerbstones a nasty ice-like surface. In the fourth lap, no less then eight drivers struggled with the slick kerbs and crashed into walls and Armco barriers. This included also the two Fischer Racing Ford GT of Christoffer Nygaard and Marc Gindorf. "I went a little too wide and the kerbs were like ice. I was only a passenger,"explained Nygaard after the race. The 23-year old Dane spun and slightly touched the wall with the left back of the car, causing minor damage.

On the same lap, Marc Gindorf was a victim of the slick kerbs. But otherwise then Nygaard, Gindorf crashed much heaver with the back of his car into the wall, causing substantial damage to the Ford GT. Gladly, Gindorf got over the accident uninjured. But the Ford GT with number 29 was a complete loss, not able to repair on site. The race was suspended immediately after the accidents happened and declared after two laps, allocating only half of the championship points. Nygaard/Gruber were classified seventh and were allocated one point, Marc Gindorf/Frank Kraeling were classified 16.

In the second race on Sunday, the bad luck of Fischer Racing continued. Due to a broken drive shaft in the formation lap, Florian Gruber and Christoffer Nygaard weren't able to take part in the race.

"The weekend was very disappointing", team principal Hardy Fischer said. "We have now to built a new Ford GT in record time, as we race in 14 days in the German ADAC GT Masters. We will do everything possible, to start the final round of the German national series with two cars. We want to attack after so much bad luck and like to show what we are really capable off!"

With just two races to go in the FIA GT3 European championship at the final round in Zolder / Belgium (23.10. -- 25.109), Florian Gruber and Christoffer Nygaard are currently sixth in the drivers championship.

-credit: fischer-racingteam.de

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Florian Gruber , Marc Gindorf , Christoffer Nygaard