With the seventh place achieved by Norbert Siedler (A) and Marco Mapelli (I) in Sunday’s race at Sachsenring, HB Racing scored a point-result in the ADAC GT Masters again. After a strong qualifying-performance, the duo covered a top-five-position on Saturday as well, but was classified 16th after two penalties. Florian Spengler (D) and Christopher Zanella (CH) crossed the finish-line in 18th position on Saturday and had to retire after a collision on Sunday.
Norbert Siedler claimed the fifth starting position in the qualifying for Saturday’s race, which was the best initial position for HB Racing since the season opener in Oschersleben. In the first laps, the Austrian moved up another position, therefore Marco Mapelli left the pit-lane in fourth place after the driver-change. “The situation was really comfortable,“ Siedler analysed. „Marco had a big gap in both directions around him and was on a good way to bring the great result home.“
Less than 0,3 seconds become decisive in Saturday’s race
But suddenly bad news reached the HB Racing command post: As the Huracán GT3 undercut the mandatory pit-stop-time by 0.2 seconds, Marco Mapelli had to drive through the pit-lane once again. The Italian continued the race in seventh position and overtook Luca Ludwig in the last laps with a hard manoeuvre. Too hard, as the stewards decided: Siedler and Mapelli received a 30-seconds-penalty and dropped back in the classification from sixth to 16th place.
On Sunday Marco Mapelli confirmed Norbert Siedler’s qualifying performance from Saturday and claimed the sixth starting position for the HB Racing Lamborghini. When the lights turned green, the Italian lost a position but stayed close to the cars in front. In the exiting final laps of the race, Norbert Siedler tried everything to get back to sixth position. “I was able to drive a lot faster, but the BMW was very strong on the straights,” the Tyrolean reported after he crossed the finish line in seventh position after 43 laps.
Florian Spengler and Christopher Zanella showed a strong qualifying-performance in the second HB Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 as well and secured starting positions 13 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday). In the races, the duo experienced the battles in the hard-fought midfield of the ADAC GT Masters. After the 18th position on Saturday, Spengler and Zanella were forced into an early retirement on Sunday due to a tyre failure caused by a collision.
Team-Manager Andreas Fuchs was happy with the performance of his cars: „In comparison to the Nürburgring-weekend, we made a huge step forward. The Mercedes were in a league of their own, but close behind we were one of the fastest. Unfortunately, we suffered from bad luck on Saturday. Without the small mistake during the pit-stop, we would have achieved a safe fourth place.”
Already at the next weekend the big ADAC GT Masters season finale will be held at Hockenheim. The squad from Neumarkt is confident to repeat the good performance from Sachsenring in the “Motodrom”.