Driver’s view: Simon Trummer in Austin

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14393924_1249916778385966_1193987053_oHot – that’s the first word that comes to mind when I think back to Austin. It was a tor­tur­ous six hours for both car and dri­ver, it was con­sis­tent­ly 40°C in the cock­pit. I am very proud of Oli and myself, as it was left to the two of us to take our not-so-easy-to-dri­ve P1 car to the che­quered flag.

The free prac­tice ses­sions went well, and we suc­cess­ful­ly went through our qual­i­fy­ing and race runs and were con­fi­dent going into the rest of the week­end. We didn’t have any prob­lems to report by qual­i­fy­ing, either. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the trans­mis­sion start­ed play­ing up dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing and I had to give it full throt­tle when chang­ing up – that cost us a lot of time.

I was still able to com­plete my qual­i­fy­ing laps so that we would at least start ahead of the LMP2 cars. Oli then put in a lap time that was com­pet­i­tive with the Rebel­lion, which improved our spir­its.

14393375_1249917048385939_1662951754_o-800x600On Sat­ur­day I was allowed to take the first stint for the first time. It was always to start the race right behind the hybrid cars. I held pace with Dominik [Krai­hamer] well in first three laps, but then I had to let him get away.

That’s how the whole race went real­ly. We had to pre­serve the car over the race and didn’t real­ly have a chance against the Rebel­lion, who had a real­ly great race. Nev­er­the­less, we man­aged to fin­ish and learned a lot in the process. I am sure that we will make fur­ther progress in Fuji and Shang­hai.

Best regards,