ADAC GT Masters : Blancpain Present Themselves to 45,000 Spectators at the Sachsenring Circuit
Marc A. Hayek with Two Podium Positions
Last weekend the Sachsenring circuit near Chemnitz, Germany was dominated by motorsports enthusiasm. The ADAC GT Masters Weekend, offering the best super sports cars, took place in mainly sunny weather. In addition to the ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT1 World Championship took place, presenting motorsports at its finest.
Mark A. Hayek competed in the ADAC GT Masters series and shared a Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 (starting number #24) with Dutch pilot Peter Kox. In both qualifying sessions the pilots managed to win start position 27 for both races. However, Peter Kox’s qualifying session was cut short in the eighth lap after an overtaking manoeuvre. His Lamborghini was hit hard in the left rear and as a result the Dutch was unable to continue his qualifying session.
Marc Hayek started in the first race on Saturday. He managed the Lamborghini well right from the start and was able to push forward to P21 during his stint. Peter Kox took over in P23. Peter Kox caught up brilliantly and drove the Gallardo across the finish line in a great P10. Marc Hayek was able to score again in the amateur class and reached the podium again with P2.
The second race began with a tyre poker as it started to rain exactly at the start of the race. Due to the failed qualifying, Peter Kox started with slicks from row 13 behind the safety car. However, he showed a great performance and managed to gain a lot of places. When he came in for the mandatory pit stop he was already in P10 and then, Marc Hayek took over. The Swiss drove a great race. However, he missed the breaking point shortly before the end. His competitor Toni Seiler (CH) took the chance and passed him. At the end of the race, Marc Hayek won the third place in the amateur class (P12 in the championship) and was back at the podium in P3.
Comments on the race:
Marc A. Hayek, #24
“The weekend was great for me. I was on the podium twice. Unfortunately I lost a place at the end of the race when I broke too hard whilst turning on the wet track. The Sachsenring is very nice and interesting but at the same time very difficult. You have to be familiar with the track in order to be good.”
Peter Kox, #24
“We started the race on Sunday from the very back. Shortly before the start of the race it started to rain and the race was started with the safety car. We had decided to start with slicks which made it even more difficult but I did not rush things. I was able to push and hand the car over to Marc (Hayek) in a good place. He finished with a great result.”
Hans Reiter, Reiter Engineering
“The race on Sunday was o.k. Unfortunately, Marc (Hayek) went off the track at the end and lost his second place in the amateur class. However, he drove a great race.”
On Saturday evening Blancpain invited members of the media to a get-together. The Swiss manufacturer of watches supports the ADAC GT Masters and FIA GT1 World Championship as the official timekeeper and used the opportunity to inform the press about the involvement and the products. Top-class guests were invited to the event: Hermann Tomczyk (ADAC sports president), Stephane Ratel (CEO of SRO, FIA GT promoter), the pilots Karl Wendlinger, Peter Kox and Albert, Prince of Thurn and Taxis, actor and Blancpain testimonial Erol Sander, Marc A. Hayek (CEO of Blancpain) as well as Alain Delamuraz (Vice President and Marketing Director of Blancpain). Jan Stecker, the well-known presenter from German TV station Kabel 1, moderated the event. Marc A. Hayek welcomed the guests and the members of the press, thanked them for accepting the invitation and informed them about Blancpain and their involvement in motorsports. Afterwards he presented the guests with a big Blancpain wall clock.
The next ADAC GT Masters race will take place in Zolder, Belgium from June 10th to 12th, 2011. Marc A. Hayek and Peter Kox will compete in the Blancpain Endurance series in Navarra, Spain next weekend.