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Best ADAC GT Masters Finish of the 2012 Season for Andreas Wirth
12th June 2012
at the Sachsenring
Going into round three of the ADAC GT Masters 2012 season at the Sachsenring this weekend, Andreas knew it was going to be a tough one.
Not only has his history at the track been less than rewarding, the Callaway Competition Corvettes faced the additional challenge of being slowed down a bit to align with the Balance of Performance. Despite all that, Wirth was only more motivated for the weekend.
Almost immediately on Friday, the challenges began to mount when a competitor's accident during practice meant that extensive repairs were required to make the track safe enough for the pack to go qualifying. Sadly it was necessary for the first round of qualifying to be cancelled, taking matters out of Andreas' hands. The starting line up was then determined based on current driver standings - this put Wirth in 16th place on the grid for Race 1. When the field finally went qualifying for Race 2, luck was not on Frentzen's side, and he was forced to start even further back in 29th.
Saturday would prove to be the highlight of the weekend, as Andreas showed a strong performance in the #27 Callaway Competition Corvette.
After a great start Wirth continued the charge from 16th to 6th by lap twelve. After the driver change, Frentzen powered through and regained their spot in 6th place - the duo's best finish this season.
Commenting on their result Wirth said, "We're happy to get some good championship points - it's our best finish so far - but it's hard not to think of what could have been. We had a great car today and took ten spots - I really think we had a great shot at the podium if the circumstances had been different - it's unfortunate."
With a far more difficult starting position for Sunday's race, it went without saying that it would be a challenging day. Regrettably, despite Frentzen and Wirth doing their best to work their way through the field - all the way from 29th to 14th - just seven laps from the finish line Wirth was forced to abandon the effort as their Corvette encountered a technical failure. Truly heartbreaking after such a solid effort.
Wrapping up the weekend Wirth concluded, "The points we earned in the first race are a small consolation for what would have been possible for us this weekend. In a large field of 40 cars like we see in the ADAC GT Masters it's all about starting position, especially at a track like the Sachsenring where it's fairly narrow and overtaking is very difficult. We really didn't have the ideal starting spot for either race, and the competition is tough - the results show that. If we hadn't suffered technical problems in the second race we might have been able to walk away with a few more points - it's disappointing. On the positive side, we know that our cars are strong.
Right now though, I'll be happy to put this weekend behind me - we're going next to the Nürburgring, and I've had a lot of success there - I've won four races there in the past three years - so I'm hoping we succeed there again this year and visit the podium."
The ADAC GT Masters returns to the track in a little over a month at one of the best events of the season - July 13 - 15 at the Nürburgring
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