HB Racing misses championship-points only narrowly at home race

Just at their home race at Red Bull Ring the HB Racing team missed a point-result for the first time in the current ADAC GT Masters season. A technical issue forced Marco Mapelli (I) and Norbert Siedler (A) to retire while covering a promising position on Saturday. In the second car, Florian Spengler (D) and Christopher Zanella (CH) caused positive emotions by securing their second-best result of the season with the twelvth place on Sunday.

After their ninth position at Lausitzring, Florian Spengler and Christopher Zanella travelled highly motivated to the Styrian race track. But in the qualifying sessions the duo suffered from the incredibly close field of the ADAC GT Masters. Although both were only four tenths of a second slower than the top-ten, they had to settle with starting positions 22 (Saturday) and 15 (Sunday).

In the races the situation improved quickly for the two HB-Racing-drivers: On Saturday Christopher Zanella climbed up to the 16th position in the first laps, until the 27-year-old had to stop on track after a collision with an over-ambitious opponent. The second race on Sunday went even better: With a flawless performance Spengler and Zanella fought their way up to the twelvth position and thereby achieved their second-best result of the season. The gap to the tenth place and last point was less than two seconds.

Marco Mapelli and Norbert Siedler were dogged by bad luck in the second Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of HB Racing. An engine change in the free practice and a broken power steering in the qualifying cost a lot of track time. When Siedler entered the pit-lane in seventh position for the mandatory driver change in the race on Saturday, the streak of bad luck seemed to have come to an end. But only a few minutes after the pit-stop the next set-back came: A broken oil cooler and a smoking rear meant the end of the race. Sunday did not go according per plan for the two professional race drivers as well. “We had an undefined problem with the car, which cost us more than half a second per lap,” Mapelli analysed his 19th starting position. In the race the duo improved to 14th position at least.

Team-Manager Andreas Fuchs drew a mixed conclusion after the home races: “We can be really satisfied with the performance of Florian Spengler and Christopher Zanella. The 29 cars were as close together as rarely before. Nevertheless, they missed a point-result only narrowly. We do not have an explanation for the numerous technical issues at the number seven car right now. Many parts did not reach their usual life-time. We will analyse the problems together with Lamborghini in the next weeks.”

The ADAC GT Masters starts its six-week summer break now, until the journey leads to Zandvoort from July 21 to July 23. Before season’s race number seven and eight are held at the Dutch dune circuit, HB Racing travels to the south of France: In two weeks the third race of the Blancpain Endurance Cup is on the schedule in Le Castellet.