Nurburgring: Phil Giebler race report

Often in car racing a driver has a better car and more talent than the results show on a particular day. On rare occasion a driver is able to show better than the car would like to allow. Phil Gieber had much of both this weekend at Germany's ...

Often in car racing a driver has a better car and more talent than the results show on a particular day. On rare occasion a driver is able to show better than the car would like to allow. Phil Gieber had much of both this weekend at Germany's Nurburgring.

Giebler in just his forth time in the car, first time on the circuit and very first day ever driving an F3000 car in the rain, managed to stay in the top spot on the board for all but forty-five seconds (where he ran in third) in Friday morning's practice session. He and teammate Nicolas Kiesa maintained fourth and fifth spots in qualifying up until the final four minutes when cars began coming in for their last set of new tires. Both drivers were rolling out on new rubber when the yellow came out for the balance of the session making it impossible for them to make their last run at speed. They dropped to tenth and eleventh, a tenth of a second apart.

Saturday ended up according to Phil to be: "The hardest race of my entire career. It was just one of those days that happens, I had clutch problems from the second I rolled off the grid requiring me to tip toe in order to not stall the car, my battery died on the grid, requiring a swap seconds before the start, having to roll off at a slow pace resulted in Tony Schmidt running into the back of me on the start and knocking out the lower half of my rear wing. So there I was sliding through the high speed turns with too little down force and I discover a major gearbox problem that cost me a half second (combined) on the straights...effectively not having use of my top gear. I picked up a major vibration that transferred into my recently injured shoulder making turning the car a nightmare...I have never been so happy to see a green flag in my life. I love driving in this series and for the Den Bla Avis team. All things considered, I am happy with a ninth place finish and I stayed in a points paying position until two laps from the end. David Sears' teams did a fantastic job today in picking up the win, third, fifth and ninth and I am proud of my teammates. I want to thank Dr. Martin's & Beverly Hills Motorsport.com for their help."

The team was impressed with the fact that Phil managed to bring the car home despite all of his problems.

Phil had clutch problems and a battery go down on the grid-and its never the best thing mentally for a driver to have problems right before the start" said team manager Paul Jackson "He also had gearbox problems during the race which made it very difficult for him, but, despite his ninth position, I have to say he drove an excellent race, bringing home a car that was obviously very difficult to drive. Phil improves every time he's in the car and his efforts in yesterday's practice session were near miraculous"

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Series F3000
Drivers Phil Giebler , David Sears