Success at the Motorsport Festival Lausitzring: Dennis Marschall scores his first ADAC GT Masters points
In front of 67,500 spectators who came through the gates at the Motorsport Festival Lausitzring over the weekend, Dennis Marschall scored his first points in the ADAC GT Masters. Together with co-driver Patric Niederhauser, the 20-year-old Economics student from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen in Baden-Württemberg finished eighth in the second race of the weekend on Sunday. In Race 1 on Saturday, the number 4 Audi R8 LMS entered by Aust Motorsport failed to see the chequered flag. Dennis is optimistic about doing even better when he makes his next appearance in the ADAC GT Masters in three weeks’ time at the Red Bull Ring (9th – 11th June).
Dennis Marschall talking about …
… his first points in the ADAC GT Masters: “To be in among the points on only our second race weekend is obviously fantastic. Sunday’s race was by no means easy. Patric gained several positions. When I took over the car, I knew we had to finish in the points. The speed was really good at the start of my stint. I saw my fellow Aust Motorsport driver Markus Pommer ahead of me and began to close the gap. I was convinced that I had more chance of catching Markus than of being caught by the car behind. But in the end, it turned out differently.”
… the interminable closing laps: “The race seemed extremely long to me. The problem towards the end was that the brakes and the rear tyres had badly degraded. This meant I had constant oversteer. It felt like I was driving on raw eggs, and it got worse and worse. I asked my team several times over the radio how long was left in the race. In the end, the situation became a bit tight. The car behind caught up with me before the end of the race and got alongside. I forced him over slightly, but it was all fair because we barely touched. He then spun on the pickup while I managed to stay on my line and ultimately finish eighth.”
… the tricky qualifying on Saturday: “We were actually in pretty good form and close to matching the Top Ten, but we got stuck in traffic and weren’t out on the track at the right time. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t optimal either. In addition, I didn’t manage my fastest lap very well, because I had to overtake several opponents. This is obviously far from ideal. In the qualifying session, we put in quite a lot of laps on the tyres, which unfortunately had a negative impact on the race.”
… the disappointing DNF in Race 1: “Our luck was in at the start of the race, but later on it deserted us. We had good prospects of getting into the Top Ten, as I had moved up from P20 on the grid to eleventh. But our pit stop did not go well. Because everything took longer than planned, we found ourselves back in the middle of the bunch we had left behind in the first stint. Then Patric had a minor collision that caused a puncture. Unfortunately, that was the end for us.”
… about the next race at the Red Bull Ring: “At the start of the season, I thought we would be good at Oschersleben and then experience problems at the Lausitzring and the Red Bull Ring. As it happened, we were OK at the Lausitzring. That is why I believe that we have a chance at the Red Bull Ring. I already know the Red Bull Ring from competing there in the past. I am especially looking forward to the last sector. The fast corners are especially good fun. As a racing circuit, it has the perfect combination of characteristics. There are ascents and descents, and there are good overtaking possibilities. We just need to make sure that we are a bit more aggressive in qualifying and a little more cautious in the race.”