Hockenheim (24th September 2017). In the final races of the ADAC GT Masters, HB Racing was not rewarded with a successful end of the season. Saturday’s race was finished for both cars already after a few laps. On Sunday, Florian Spengler (D) and Christopher Zanella (CH) fought for a point-result at least until half of the race, while Marco Mapelli (I) and Norbert Siedler (A) could not take part due to a technical issue.
The last but one race of the season was in the second corner only, when suddenly several cars stood at the centre of the track. HB-Racing-driver Florian Spengler was among the innocent victims of the big crash. “Suddenly the car in front of me braked ad hard as possible because of an accident directly in front of us,” the 29-year-old described. “None of us had any chance to avoid the collision.” While Spengler remained unhurt, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 had to be repaired during the night.
In the second race on Sunday, Christopher Zanella provided light at the end of the tunnel. With a courageous performance, the Swiss moved up to the eleventh place and a point-result seemed reachable. But the joy did not last long: “The tyre degradation was immense,” explained Florian Spengler, who entered the car in the second part of the race. “In the final lap one tyre totally went off.” In the end, the German had to stop the car around two kilometres before the finish-line in the section “Mercedes-Arena”.
No start for Mapelli and Siedler on Sunday after fire on Saturday
The weekend was even more disappointing for Marco Mapelli and Norbert Siedler in the sister car. In the hectic starting phase of Saturday’s race, Siedler improved from his 16th starting position to eleventh until the race was red-flagged. As the rules prescribed, the Austrian was put back on his initial starting position for the re-start.
Only three laps later, the HB-Racing-pilot entered the pit-lane. “A problem in the fuel circuit of Norbert’s and Marco’s car caused a fire around the engine. The damage was too critical to repair it until Sunday,” team-manager Andreas Fuchs explained.
Mixed season conclusion for HB Racing – Blancpain-Finale at the next weekend
The end of the second race in Hockenheim meant the end of HB Racing’s second season in the ADAC GT Masters as well. “The weekend in Hockenheim was of course totally different from what we had expected,” Andreas Fuchs summarized. “We had a lot of bad luck this season but can also look back on positive memories such as the podium by Florian and Christopher in Zandvoort. I would like to thank our partners and sponsors who provided great support once again.”
Until the ultimate start of the winter-break, HB Racing will compete in the season finale of the Blancpain Endurance Cup next weekend. At the Spanish track the squad will race with a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 as well. In the AM-category, which is reserved for gentlemen-drivers, the team from Neumarkt currently covers the fourth position. With a good result, the third place is still in reach.