Redemption at 'The Ring' for Andreas Wirth Coming away from a weekend at the Lausitzring that was nothing short of depressing, Andreas Wirth looked forward to running once again at his favoured Nuburgring. Hoping to erase memories of a bad...
Redemption at 'The Ring' for Andreas Wirth
Coming away from a weekend at the Lausitzring that was nothing short of depressing, Andreas Wirth looked forward to running once again at his favoured Nuburgring. Hoping to erase memories of a bad weekend Wirth would be happy with nothing less than a win on the famed race track this weekend. Having played his part in ALPINA's return to racing and helping them find their way back to the top step of the podium just over one year ago at the Nuburgring, Wirth had sound reason for optimism and was out to prove what he, the ALPINA S-Berg Racing team and their BMW-ALPINA B6 are capable of.
Having suffered more than their share of mechanical woes, racing incidents and DNFs in 2010 the team was eager to shake their run of bad luck and reap some positive results for all of their hard work. This weekend, almost as if having wished it into existence, the duo of Wirth and Matzke saw luck smile brightly on them for the first time this season.
While a little luck may indeed have come their way it was thanks only to the hard work and determination of the S-Berg team that a near perfect BMW-Alpina B6 rolled off the truck for a very full weekend of racing at the motorsport festival. Confirmation that a solid weekend was ahead came during qualifying as the #14 secured Pole Position for race one and third place on the starting grid for race two. Commenting on their effort Wirth said, "The car has been great so far this weekend, it feels great! Having pole for our first race - it doesn't get better than that! We'd like to have seen second from the grid for race two, and I thought I was going to get us there, but the competition in this field is really tough and our time are tight. Overall though, we're very happy with the car and we're going to push hard for the win!"
And win they would! After a tough season, victory could taste no sweeter than when celebrated two in a row at the ring. The well-deserved wins are best described by the euphoric Wirth; "It was time!! We've waited so long for this and worked so hard - it really was time! This is for sure the first weekend that started out right and ended right. It was the first weekend we've had no issues at all with the car, and I think we finally had a bit of luck too. Our race on Saturday was perfect - we had no trouble at all. We got off to a great start, held a good lead and everything went smoothly in the pits. We had a bit of rain, but the car was good, we didn't need to push - we finished with a lead of more than nine seconds - it was perfect! Obviously our second race went well too - I got away fast from third but had to slow a little because I'd pushed the tyres a bit too hard. Overall we managed to stay out front and control the race nicely. We had a small mistake during our pit stop and dropped back about six seconds, but I think luck was on our side in the end because it started raining and we were able to push and take the lead back - again we finished with about a nine second lead. This weekend was awesome! I know I've said it a lot before but we really to have a great team and a great car, and I've known all season that this is what we're capable of. It's frustrating looking back, because we've had some unfortunate problems this year. I don't really want to think about where we would be in the standings right now if it weren't for that (Wirth is currently tied for third place with four other drivers), but if we'd finished even one or two more races we easily could have been in second or first overall. Right now though we just keep positive and look ahead for next year, knowing that we can contend for the championship."
Wirth and the ALPINA S-Berg Racing team can be very proud of their achievements in 2010, and with one more stop on the race calendar we can be sure the fight isn't over - they will be out to impress yet again as the ADAC GT Masters Series closes out the 2010 season just as it began with two final rounds of competition at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben October 1st through 3rd.