G-Drive Racing starts the season with excellent 6th at the Nürburgring

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The 6 Hours race served mainly as a real-life test and to qualify all drivers ahead of the 24 Hours in June.

G-Drive Racing had an excellent start of the 2014 season, as the Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Roman Rusinov, Stéphane Ortelli, Nico Müller and Edward Sandström finished 6th today in the 6 Hours Qualification race at the Nürburgring. This race served as general preparation for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, the landmark endurance marathon to be raced later in the year, on 21-22 June, but also had a very specific purpose: to allow Ortelli and Müller to qualify for the longer race.

Roman Rusinov, Stéphane Ortelli, Edward Sandström, Nico Muller, G Drive Racing, Audi R8 GT3 LMS
Roman Rusinov, Stéphane Ortelli, Edward Sandström, Nico Muller, G Drive Racing, Audi R8 GT3 LMS

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As known, drivers competing on the 24 Hours need to have a minimum of race experience on the 23-km legendary track of the Nordschleife in order to be allowed to compete in the 24 Hours. Of the four G-Drive Racing, Ortelli and Müller were seeking the ‘green’ card. The expert Monegasque, despiter his long career, had never driven before in the 24 Hours while the young Swiss has raced mainly single-seaters so far.

After solving some tire problems encountered on Saturday’s free practice and qualifying 1, the Audi took an excellent third position in the final qualifying. Nico Müller and Stéphane Ortelli were logically the two first drivers in the sequence, performing each one the required double stint, followed then by Roman Rusinov, who raced the 24 Hours last year, and Edward Sandström. While the race was dominated by the BMWs, thanks to their higher top speed, the G-Drive Audi was always among the front-runners, completing a trouble-free race in P6, ahead of all other R8s LMS ultra.

This Nürburgring race has been as well an excellent rehearsal for the entire team ahead of the start of the team’s main programme, the Blancpain Sprint Series, which will kick-off at Nogaro, France on Easter’s weekend (20-21 April). Roman Rusinov and Stéphane Ortelli will be at the wheel of the car for the entire Sprint Series season.

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Series ENDURANCE
Article type Qualifying report
Tags edward sandström, endurance, g-drive racing, nico muller, roman rusinov, stephane ortelli