Maiden podium in ADAC GT Masters for Dennis Marschall
Dennis Marschall celebrated a first in the third ADAC GT Masters race of the season at Spielberg when he took his maiden podium. In Saturday’s race, Marschall and team-mate Victor Bouveng finished on the podium in P3 and also claimed the runner-up spot in the Junior classification. Earlier in Junior practice and in second practice with the whole field, Marschall posted best time at the Formula 1 circuit. He had a strong showing in qualifying on Saturday morning at the Red Bull Ring, taking fourth place.
His position for the second race on Sunday was also good with P12 on the grid, and another terrific result was there for the taking. However, they dropped down to P28 after their BMW M6 GT3 was hit by an opponent’s car. Marschall and Bouveng intend to strike back in the next round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring (3rd – 5th August).
Dennis talking about…
… his first podium appearance: “I decided to go round the car in front of me on the outside as we went through the first turn after the start, and that went really well. Our pace was good from the very beginning, but the safety car came out at an inopportune moment for us, causing me to lose the lead I’d built up on the others chasing me. I pitted at a very early stage for the change of drivers, as I was stuck in traffic. Victor emerged on track immediately in front of one of our main rivals, who made contact with him but was fortunately instructed to hand back the position that he’d unfairly acquired. Victor subsequently found himself in the middle of a strong group of drivers, who were busy battling it out. I was cheering him on from the pits and was relieved to see him cross the line in third place. We’d really earned that podium after all the hard work we’d put in. Our pace was good, and almost everything in the race went smoothly. The double podium is obviously fantastic for the team.”
… his strong showing in qualifying: “We saw at an early stage on Friday that things were going quite well for us. I finished in the top position in two practice sessions. It’s a track that suits me. I’m really pleased with P4 in qualifying; after all, that was my best ever quali result in the ADAC GT Masters. I was only two hundredths of a second off taking second place. Pole position was out of reach, because the Corvettes were so much better.”
… the tense build-up to qualifying: “I was more nervous before qualifying than I was in the run-up to the race. When you’ve twice finished on top in practice, then you want to get back out in front at all costs, while being aware that it could all go wrong again. My feelings of nervousness disappear as soon as I sit in the cockpit, because I’m pleased then to be underway once more.”
… Sunday’s disappointing race: “Victor had a good qualifying. P12 was a solid position to be in for the start of the race. He again got away really well off the line and was ninth. I thought we would finish in the Top Five because our pace was terrific. Unfortunately, Victor was hit through no fault of his own and our race was over.”
… the next race weekend: “The Nürburgring is one of my favourite circuits. It’s similar to Most in character, and so probably will not suit us as much as the Red Bull Ring. Still, we have every chance of achieving success there. Things have always gone well for me at the Nürburgring in the past. I’ve taken one win in the Audi TT Cup and have made three more podium appearances. I’ve also done well in the ADAC GT Masters, with a P4 and a P5 last year.”