Maiden ADAC GT Masters Junior podium for Dennis Marschall at Zandvoort
Dennis Marschall enjoyed the first champagne shower of his ADAC GT Masters career after taking third place in the Junior classification on his eighth outing in the ADAC GT Masters. Together with team-mate Patric Niederhauser, the Economics student from Baden-Württemberg registered the best result of his debut season in the series. In Sunday’s rain-affected race, the Aust-Motorsport duo brought the number 4 car home in eighth place and were then promoted to seventh after a time penalty was imposed on an opponent. Marschall had already narrowly missed out on the points in Saturday’s race on the Dutch circuit in the North Sea dunes.
Dennis Marschall talks about…
… his first podium in the Junior class: “What a great result. It was by no means an easy race, because the rain caught us all out. We started on used wet-weather tyres, and that unfortunately turned out to be a mistake, because it just kept raining and we had hardly any grip. When the track began to dry out a bit, we were immediately faster. We put in a massive effort and made it into the points, so we can feel satisfied about that.”
… seventh place in qualifying on Saturday: “I’m satisfied with the result. There was not a lot more I could have done, because the differences in lap times at Zandvoort are very small due to the high speeds. I was only four tenths off pole – going off line by even the slightest amount there can make a huge difference. Seventh would have been a great grid position for the race on Saturday, but unfortunately we were handed a five-place grid penalty for ignoring a red flag.”
… the disappointment of missing out on the points in the first race: “I got off to a good start and gained several positions. But after that, I needed to conserve my tyres to have something in reserve for the finish. Unfortunately, our pit stop tactics didn’t work out for us. We came in too soon, and the stop took too long. This caused us to lose several positions. If everything had gone perfectly, we would have been eighth.”
… the challenging circuit of Zandvoort: “I had to adjust my driving style to the track. The experience I’ve gained from the Audi Sport TT Cup was only partly helpful, because the speeds are much higher in the ADAC GT Masters. Consequently, I had to be wary of taking the fast corners at full throttle. There’s a very fine line between going fast and taking a flyer. I was able to take the final corner flat out on new tyres, but not on used ones. I had to feel my way into the track, but this is exactly the sort of challenge I relish.”
… the next ADAC GT Masters race at the Nürburgring (weekend of 4th – 6th August): “It’s the track I have the highest expectations of this season. We’re not able to do any testing before the race weekend in the Eifel, but I’m already familiar with the track. I won a race there in the Audi Sport TT Cup and had three second-place finishes. It’s not going to be easy to produce results of this order in the ADAC GT Masters because the field is so strong, but as always, Patric and I will be giving it everything we’ve got.”