Tuesday, August 7, 2018
A weekend to forget
Freshly strengthened and highly motivated, YACO Racing started the second half of the ADAC GT Masters 2018 after the summer break at the Nürburgring (August 03 – 05, 2018). The Eifel should finally bring the first championship points. Therefore, the team showed maximum commitment over the whole weekend – unfortunately, these efforts were not yet rewarded. "These were really two races to forget for us", says team leader Uwe Geipel and adds: "After a strong start technical problems and unfortunate touches prevented a good result – very, very annoying ..."
1st race, Saturday – DNF (qualifying 30th)
While free practice still caused optimism for the race, a technical problem put a dampener on the motivation already before the start. Since the cooling system had a fault, YACO Racing was forced to start the Saturday race from the pit lane. Self-confidently, Philip Geipel rolled up the field from behind after the start and worked his way forward, but he also took some risks. In the hard position fight, unfortunately, there was a touch in which the Audi was so badly damaged that the untimely end was inevitable.
2nd race, Sunday – place 31st (qualifying 33rd)
The second run also started with a starting position at the end of the field. Undeterred, however, Rahel Frey delivered heavy fights with her opponents to make up places as quickly as possible. She worked her way forward but affected her tires badly. After ten laps, it was over with further attacks. When Philip Geipel subsequently took the wheel, he continued the course of his colleague but was slowed down very much by a puncture. The unplanned pit stop, unfortunately, cost too much time, so he ended up in 31st place.
ADAC TCR Germany – Simon Reicher
The weekend at the Nürburgring was a bit more positive for the young talent of YACO Racing. On Saturday, Simon Reicher could confidently place in the points, on Sunday he, unfortunately, had bad luck. He explains: "I am very satisfied with my performance in the first race. Everything was right here. In the second race, unfortunately, I could not keep up with my opponents at first and then had no chance to work my way forward again due to the premature termination of the race. That is the way racing is."
As an official sponsor, the bluechemGROUP congratulates YACO Racing on the fantastic teamwork. The effort will pay off eventually! By the way, at the next race in Zandvoort (August 17 – 19, 2018), our bluechemGROUP Audi will be present again, which can be booked for race taxi rides.