Nürburg, Germany, 2013-05-20 – Cyndie Allemann has fearlessly raced at 200 mp/h at Indianapolis, tackled the most prestigious race in the world namely the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and fought her way in the hectic Japanese Super GT field. But last weekend, her racing career took another dimension when she finally met the Green Hell itself for a full endurance race. Indeed, she made her debut at the epic 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on the Nordschleife, on the Autohaus Sing Mercedes-Benz SLK with co-drivers Sven Hannawald, Thorsten Drewes and Bertin Sing.
Her experience at different 24-hour races also helped, even though the daunting Nordschleife was a totally different challenge.
“A 24-hour race demands a huge preparation work and even though I’ve raced at Le Mans and at the 24 Hours of Dubai before, this one was even more special given the difficulty of the track and the constant change in grip conditions. One thing is sure is that I was really looking forward to this new challenge. Also, I really want to race more GT and endurance races this season (whether 24-hour races or different GT3 series) so I was really going into this race head first with all my energy.”
The weather conditions for the race became so appalling that it had to be stopped for more than nine hours. Regardless, Cyndie and her team made an amazing progression through the field and she had an exciting stint on Sunday night. In addition, heavy rain started on her last lap out, while she was still on slick tires.
After the race restart on Monday morning, the team kept its steady pace. But while Cyndie was waiting in the pits for the car to come back for her stint at the wheel, it had an accident that forced the team to retire.
“Of course, the accident was unfortunate, but I’m really proud of our team and our progression. My teammates Sven, Thorsten and Berthi were super and the ambience between all of us was awesome. I want to thank them and the Autohaus Sing for their professional work. Team work always pay off and our progress during the whole event was massive. One thing is sure, is that I want to do this race again, and again. I really fell in love with it.”
“The TV show ‘Ziel: Grüne Hölle’ has been a great experience and showed in a very realistic way the work of a race car driving instructor as well as the behind the scene action at Mercedes AMG, Dunlop and Rowe Racing. The challenge for our two candidates (Sven Hannawald and Thorsten Drewes) was 100% real. It required a lot of self-confidence and stress-management on their part to not only learn how to race at the Nürburgring, but also to do it in front of TV cameras recording every move they made. Our emotion was genuine when the race ended for us. After all, we had been in this together for a full year, sharing our racing life and dreams. I for one was really proud of the progress accomplished by Thorsten and Sven. I would be thrilled to go back for more and start another project similar to ‘Ziel: Grüne Hölle’, or why not, a second edition of the same show.”
About Cyndie Allemann
Cyndie Allemann: a World class driver, top athlete and brand ambassador. Always a fan favorite, whether in Europe, in the USA and in Japan, 27 years old Cyndie Allemann was literally born for speed. Her 20-year racing career has seen her compete at the highest levels in many different series and tracks around the World: karting (winning the European junior title when she was only thirteen), open-wheel (EuroF3, Indy Lights, etc.), GT (FIA-GT1 World Championship) and endurance racing (GT1 podium at Spa in the Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, etc.). In 2012, she raced in the Japan Super GT Series. In 2013, she works with Mercedes AMG and with SPORT1 on different TV projects, such as the successful ‘Auftrag Auto’.
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