Double Victory at Nürburgring and Lead in the Amateur Class for Marc A. Hayek 212,000 spectators saw exciting races
Two weeks after the legendary 24h race at the Nürburgring the ADAC GT Masters Weekend took place during the 26th International ADAC Truck Grand Prix in the Eifel. More than 200,000 spectators came together at the Nürburgring to experience motorsports at its finest.
Competing in the amateur class this season, Swiss pilot Marc A. Hayek shares a Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ with experienced pilot Peter Kox (NED). Reiter Engineering from Germany is taking care of the car and preparing it for the race.
Hayek can look back at a very successful season by now, having taken the podium five times, twice on the very top. He took the trophies at his debut race in Oschersleben and at the first race at the Sachsenring.
This weekend he was in uncharted waters again, never having driven at the Nürburgring (GER) before. The highly motivated Swiss faced the challenge and used the free practice sessions in dry conditions on Friday to familiarise himself with the track. On the following day Marc A. Hayek had to abort his qualifying session after only five laps due to problems with the Lamborghini’s ABS. The fastest time placed him in P22 for the first race on Saturday. Peter Kox showed a high speed during his qualifying session and setting the second fastest time he placed the Gallardo in the first row for the second race.
Marc A. Hayek started the first race from a difficult 22nd place. However, after a good start he was able to gain a few places reaching a phenomenal P14 in time for the pit stop. Peter Knox took over the Gallardo LP600+ and put out all the stops overtaking several competitors. A few pilots ahead of him retired after incidents. And as a result the Dutch drove across the finish line in fifth place. With this, Marc A. Hayek took the victory in the amateur class.
Peter Kox had a great start from the first row in the second race and quickly broke away from his competitors. With the Gallardo in the lead Hayek took over during the driver change. The Swiss managed to defend his position for a while but was then forced to let more experienced pilots pass. Nevertheless, in the second race he drove across the finish line grabbing first place in the amateur class and topping the podium for the second time this weekend.
Marc A. Hayek takes home the maximum score with 50 new points, leading the amateur class with 143 points.
Marc A. Hayek:
“The start was good. Somehow I had a wall of cars in front of me then but was lucky enough to overtake several cars. Overtaking without risk was difficult and I preferred to grab only those places that were possible. Peter (Kox) kicked it up a gear after the driver change. The Lamborghini is working very well at the moment.
When I took over from Peter in the second race the pressure in the rear tyres was too high. The car oversteered and I spun right at the start of my stint. With that and a light cold I tried to finish the race which worked well. I am now looking forward to the next race in Austria.”
“The car worked very well and Marc (A. Hayek) drove really well. He managed a great start and was able to push forward from P22 to P19 in the first lap. Up until the driver change he gained another five places. It is also remarkable that the car has no scratches whatsoever so far even though the field is very strong and tight. Marc took the victory in the amateur class in the first race and is currently leading it. I would have loved to reach the Top 3 in the championship but did not quite make it. On Sunday I was able to considerably extend my lead after grabbing the lead right at the beginning. During the driver change after the first half of the race we should have reduced the tyre pressure a little because Marc had problems with oversteering afterwards. In the end we managed the best possible result in the amateur class and I am very happy for Marc.”
Hans Reiter, team principal:
“Marc (A. Hayek) has done a phenomenal job. It was his very first time driving at this track, it is his first GT3 season and he and Peter Kox managed to win the fifth place in the championship in the first race and he took the lead in the amateur class. A lot of great pilots are competing in this championship, a place between 10 and 15 should have to be celebrated like a victory and they managed to reach P5. Marc finds the racing line after a few laps and can then concentrate on showing an ideal performance. I am very happy with the weekend. Peter (Kox) and Marc have won the maximum points in the amateur class and I think we will be doing great again in Austria in August.”
The next races will take place at the new Red Bull Ring in Austria from 12th – 14th August, 2011. Kabel 1 will broadcast both races live in the German-speaking region on Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m.