Gwendolyn Hertzberger survives crazy weekend in Oschersleben OSCHERSLEBEN, JULY 10 2007 -- Gwendolyn Hertzberger just missed out op points in this weekend's second round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 at Oschersleben. In the ...
Gwendolyn Hertzberger survives crazy weekend in Oschersleben
OSCHERSLEBEN, JULY 10 2007 -- Gwendolyn Hertzberger just missed out op points in this weekend's second round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 at Oschersleben. In the support programme of the FIA GT, the fast lady of AR Motorsport kept out of trouble in the two crazy incident packed races at the Motorsport Arena.
FREE PRACTISES AND QUALIFYING
In the two free practises on Friday, Gwendolyn Hertzberger searched for a suitable set-up at the twisty German track and made consistent progress. When she went out for her last run on new tyres times didn't improve however. Nevertheless, Hertzberger came only two seconds short on the fastest lap times that day. But as the differences between all 30 drivers were extremely small, Hertzberger finished the free practises in 18th and 23rd position.
In the first qualifying session the same handling problems on new tyres arose. Though limited by the available time in this 20 minute lasting session, Hertzberger tried to make the most out of the situation. She qualified herself in 26th position for Saturday's first race. As the second qualifying session was dominated by the ever changing weather circumstances, dry/wet conditions, Hertzberger couldn't get in her rhythm the way she wanted. On Sunday's grid she positioned herself in 20th spot.
RACE 01 + 02
With a remarkable start of Saturday's race, Hertzberger immediately overtook three drivers before entering the first corner. Things were not meant to be though. In the tight Hotel-chicane, Hertzberger was pushed on the dirt side of the track, forcing her to hand back the positions just gained. With fast lap times which indicated that she could easily challenge the top 15 drivers, Hertzberger still found it difficult to overtake at the small and twisty track. But by staying out of all trouble in this 17 lap race, Hertzberger managed to slightly work her way forward in this incident packed race. At the finish the 20-year old lady was finally classified in 19th position.
Also in the second race Hertzberger showed her potential. After another chaotic start, she overtook several driver sin the first few opening laps. A hitch in her fuel pump however let her drop down the order around the fifth lap. As the problem surprisingly disappeared at the same way it also suddenly had arisen, Hertzberger was able to move up the order in the remaining laps of the race. From the back of the field she recovered well, finally finishing in 23rd position.
GWENDOLYN HERTZBERGER: "A chaotic weekend. In the free practise sessions I somehow struggled on new tyres, we really have to look into that. That disabled me to get in a good rhythm which eventually also had its effects on my grid positions for both races. Both races were very hectic, but I managed to stay out of trouble. It's a pity of the mechanical problem on Sunday, otherwise I think we could have challenged for points. But that's motorsport. I'll now start focussing on our next race event in Assen in a fortnight. Let's hope we can add some points to our tally there!"