No luck for HB Racing at Nürburgring ADAC GT Masters races

After the successful weekend in Zandvoort, HB Racing was chased by a streak of bad luck at Nürburgring. The car driven by Marco Mapelli (I) and Norbert Siedler (A) was hit by opponents twice. Nevertheless, the duo managed to finish in 14th position on Saturday. Florian Spengler (D) and Christopher Zanella (CH) impressed with a good race-performance after mediocre qualifying sessions and finished in 15th (Saturday) and 16th position (Sunday).

An engine failure in the first practice cost Marco Mapelli and Norbert Siedler important preparation time for the two qualifyings and races. Siedler still managed to achieve the eleventh starting position for Saturday’s race as the best Lamborghini in the field. “The race started promising as well,” the Austrian reported. “The setup was excellent, I overtook two guys in the first lap and was able to put pressure on the cars in front of me.”

But the joy did not last very long: Ten minutes after the start, Audi-driver Connor de Phillippi was too optimistic and forced Norbert Siedler in front of him into a spin. The HB Racing Lamborghini had to let the whole field pass und started a strong race to catch-up, which brought Siedler and Mapelli up to the 14th position.

In the second race on Sunday, the car from Mapelli and Siedler became an innocent victim of the opponents once again: This time it was the Nissan of Marc Gassner, who missed his brake point and caused an early DNF for several opponents in the first corner. Amongst the sufferers was also Marco Mapelli, who had no chance to avoid the collision.

Florian Spengler and Christopher Zanella with convincing performance in the races

Florian Spengler and Christopher Zanella had a weekend with ups and downs in the second Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of HB Racing. The two drivers, who had celebrated the third place in Zandvoort two weeks ago, finished the qualifyings on positions 25 (Saturday) and 21 (Sunday). “In the first qualifying we gambled a little bit too much and were surprised by the rain. On Sunday we were not able to make use of the fresh tyres”, Zanella explained.

The Swiss was a lot more satisfied with the pace in the races, in which he finished on positions 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday) together with team-mate Florian Spengler. “Already in the practice sessions the long-runs seemed pretty good. On Sunday I came out on 22nd position and was able to overtake six cars on track. That was a lot of fun!”

The ADAC GT Masters starts into a six-week break now. From September 15 to 17 the two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of HB Racing will be racing at Sachsenring. Only one week later, the big season highlight of the series will be held in Hockenheim.