Valencia: Kruse Motorsport race report

Another 4 points safely in the bag of Kruse Motorsport Endurance sport is all about reliability and after 6 hours of hard racing on the 4 km circuit of Valencia Norbert Siedler, Jean de Pourtales and Tony Burgess finished 5th for Kruse...

Another 4 points safely in the bag of Kruse Motorsport

Endurance sport is all about reliability and after 6 hours of hard racing on the 4 km circuit of Valencia Norbert Siedler, Jean de Pourtales and Tony Burgess finished 5th for Kruse Motorsport with another 4 championship points safely in their bag. Despite one little excursion into the gravel bed the #44 Pescarolo Judd V8 made it to the chequered flag and completed the 5th race finish for the British-German team in a row.

Kai Kruse (Team Manager): "It doesn't make sense to talk about the ifs and whens but that little incident at the beginning of the race definitely cost us a podium. Apart from that we were really competitive and showed a race pace that even exceeded our expectations. Today I also want to thank Kumho for their excellent tyres and the entire crew for some very quick pit stops."

Norbert Siedler (Driver): "Given that I was at least on the pace of the race leaders in our class I can be really happy with my stints. I have to say, that I am not happy with a fifth place finish but confident, that we will be competitive at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately there is not time for me to rest now as I will fly to Suzuka on Wednesday to race in the Japanese Endurance Series."

Jean de Pourtales (Driver): "It was a tough race and very exciting with a lot of difficult overtaking manouvres. Some drivers didn't really look into their mirrors, so sometimes I just had to close my eyes and hope for their right reactions. Overall we are on the right route and I am already looking forward to my home race at Le Mans. It is one of the greatest experiences you can make in our sport and still highly rated."

Tony Burgess (Driver): "The Team continues to make real progress. This weekend represents a hugely forward having our full time race engineer with us. Valencia is a very technical track and a good set-up is crutual to having a drivable car. I had one off track situation in corner one due to a combination of understeer, several cars coming on to the track from the pitlane and of course a driver error. I hope for a trouble free race at the season's highlight at Le Mans."

-credit: km

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tony Burgess , Norbert Siedler , Jean de Pourtales