Our second race weekend with RYS Team Holinger in Spielberg
Our second race in the GT4 European Series took place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria and it was a home race for our students from Graz, which is less than an hour away from the track. The main series at this weekend was the ADAC GT Masters.
On Friday the two free practice sessions went well with no big problems and hot weather. Our drivers used this time to learn more about the track, especially Emil Westman, who had never driven there before. For Samuel Sládečka it was also only the second race weekend there. He was driving the X-Bow Battle on this track two weeks before.
In the night from Friday to Saturday the weather changed to rain. On Saturday morning our qualifyings took place on a wet track but with no rain any more. In the first session Emil was driving and drove some fast laps so he was on 8th position at the end of his stint. Samuel’s stint went also well and he finished his qualifying on P9.
In the afternoon we started race 1. The first five laps the safety car was at the track because of a big crash. After the safety car came in we drove one lap until we were involved in an accident with two Aston Martin and our race ended there. In the night, our mechanics fixed everything to enable our participation in the second race.
Our race 2 on Sunday went much better than the first race. We started on P8 because a car in front of us wasn’t able to start. During the race we were already on P4 but because of a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane we fell back on P13. After a great last stint of Emil we finished the race on P7 and received our first points in the championship. In the RYS Cup our drivers were the two fastest drivers in race 2!
Overall, the whole team improved compared to the last event in Misano. We had less penalties, the drivers did their jobs well and our students learned a lot again. There is still space to improvements, as the final result shows. Therefore, all of us will do the best to be prepared well for the next race at the Slovakia Ring. There is only one month to go to that race, which will be the home race of our driver Samuel, at the Slovakia Ring as side event of the Truck Race Trophy. See you there!