Dennis Marschall’s efforts go unrewarded on his debut weekend in the ADAC GT Masters
Dennis Marschall learned just how closely joy and sorrow are linked in the Super Sports Car League during his first weekend in the ADAC GT Masters. He and team-mate Patric Niederhauser had good prospects of achieving a decent result, but the Audi R8 LMS fielded by Aust Motorsport with start number 4 failed to score any points at Oschersleben. Nevertheless, Marschall, who studies business administration, showed his potential in front of more than 20,000 spectators during the weekend. The 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup runner-up will contest his second ADAC GT Masters race weekend to be held jointly with the DTM at the Lausitzring, 19th – 21st May.
Dennis, speaking about…
… his first ADAC GT Masters qualifying: “I was very pleased, because I could clearly see the potential to push forwards. My lap times were not far off those of the fastest Audis. Although I didn’t manage to post a perfect lap, I still achieved P11 on the grid. Not bad for a rookie!”
… his first ADAC GT Masters race: “My first flying start was a challenge. I had to concentrate on a lot of things all at the same time, but it was great fun. Unfortunately, my restart after the safety car period was not a great success. Shortly after, I spun off while in the thick of a hard-fought three-way scrap. It’s a pity about the result, because Patric and I might have finished in the points. The rookie podium was also tantalisingly close, but that’s racing!”
… their unfortunate retirement on Sunday: “It’s obviously a great shame that my team-mate, Patric, was forced to retire so early in the second race. He was seventh and the best Audi driver at the time, and I, unfortunately, could not even start my stint as a result of his having to retire. I would have liked to have gained more experience of this highly competitive field. I really enjoyed driving. I’d love to be getting back in the car next week and not in three weeks’ time. I’m fully motivated and intend to be the best Audi driver at the Lausitzring.”