Disappointment for Andreas Wirth at the Lausitzring Andreas Wirth and the S-Berg Racing Team headed east to the Lausitzring in Germany this past weekend - a track that their BMW-ALPINA B6 had never set tyres on before. Having just come off a...
Disappointment for Andreas Wirth at the Lausitzring
Andreas Wirth and the S-Berg Racing Team headed east to the Lausitzring in Germany this past weekend - a track that their BMW-ALPINA B6 had never set tyres on before. Having just come off a weekend that served up the highs and devastating lows of racing, the S-Berg team couldn't help but feel the odds have been stacked against them this season. True to their character however, the team set out with their characteristically optimistic attitude and passion for the win.
Unfortunately, despite their positive outlook, Andreas and his team experienced mechanical difficulties during their first practice session, sending them back to the garage for an engine change that meant they would miss their final opportunity to train on the unfamiliar track.
Commenting on the situation and their qualifying results, Andreas said, "This really wasn't the start to the weekend we were looking for. We need to get a good result this weekend, and going blind into qualifying doesn't help. We did pretty well considering we were on new tyres, we've never raced here before and our set up wasn't perfect ((Matzke & Wirth qualified 9th and 7th for races 1 and 2 respectively). The car feels really good now .. and it's fast! We've still got a good shot this weekend so we'll keep pushing hard, but we could use a bit of luck."
Sadly however, luck would not go their way and the #14 S-Berg Racing BMW-ALPINA would suffer two devastating DNFs. A despondent Wirth related, "What can I say, this obviously wasn't the result we were hoping for this weekend. In our first race my teammate (Martin Matzke) was running fine - the car was good and we thought we were going to be ok, but an unfortunate racing incident ended our Saturday with a broken suspension. Sunday turned out to be even more frustrating - I didn't have a great start on the inside, but the car was just flying! It felt great and I felt confident that we would have a good result. Everything changed though when a guy spun out and tried to re-join the group right in front of me when I was at speed! I had to go through the grass to avoid hitting him, and that meant we had to pit to get the debris cleaned out of the rad. To make things worse there must have had a problem with our pit-speed-limiter as well and both Martin and I had to come back in for penalties. In the end we knew we couldn't make a difference this weekend and my teammate parked the car. It's really too bad, because our car was very fast - we just can't seem to find any success this year - we've had no luck. We really needed all the points we could get this weekend to hold our position, but with two more DNFs we're really falling back (Wirth and Matzke have fallen from fifth to eighth in the overall standings this weekend). I feel really bad for all of our guys - we win and lose as a team and everyone works so hard. Sometimes it's tough to keep positive, but racing is what we love, so we'll just keep pushing for the win."
The ADAC GT Masters Series takes to the track once again August 26 through 28 at the infamous Nurburgring for the penultimate rounds of 2010 competition.