The maximum achieved: Dennis Marschall in second-fastest Audi at Red Bull Ring
After recently securing his first championship points at the Lausitzring, Dennis Marschall once again showed a strong upward trend during his third race weekend in the Super Sports Car League at the Red Bull Ring. Over 10,000 spectators over the course of the weekend came to the ADAC GT Masters meeting held at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last weekend. Together with Aust Motorsport team-mate Patric Niederhauser, Marschall managed to move up the ranks in both races in his Audi R8 LMS. Finishing eleventh in the second race, the two of them were the second-fastest Audi pairing in the field and missed their second points-scoring result of the year by a whisker. Marschall intends to go all-out on the attack again at the historic circuit in the Dutch town of Zandvoort in just under six weeks’ time (July 21st – 23rd).
Dennis Marschall speaking about…
… the challenge of the Red Bull Ring: “Everyone knows that this circuit doesn’t particularly suit the Audi. The R8 LMS is not one of the fastest cars in a straight line, so the first two sectors are quite tricky for us. I was quite fast over the third sector which consists mainly of corners. The best Audi in my qualifying session placed eleventh, and I was only two tenths adrift, so as a newcomer, I can be satisfied with that, but we’d obviously hoped to do better than 19th on the grid.”
… the first race: “Things went quite well until the first safety car period, and I gained a position. But then I probably got a piece of rubber or something stuck, and there was nothing doing. That cost me a couple of places and wasted a lot of time. I’d gained four positions by the end of my stint when I handed over the car in P15. Unfortunately, the pit stop was none too brilliant either, so Patric couldn’t make any further gains and that’s where we finally crossed the line. P15 was certainly not our goal but was the maximum possible in the circumstances.”
… the second round: “Overall, it was not as spectacular as Saturday’s race. However, we began to realise that we could steadily move forwards provided we didn’t have any problems. We were eleventh just after I took over the car. I then had to keep one eye up front and one eye in the rear-view mirror. But after a while, the left rear tyre began to cause problems. It felt like a slow puncture. I was pleased to be able to maintain position despite the issue. We were the second-fastest Audi in the field in P11, but it’s obviously a great shame to miss the points by such a narrow margin.”
… the next race in Zandvoort: “We’ve now got quite a long break before things get under way again at Zandvoort on the weekend of 19th – 21st July. I think that the circuit should suit our car. This track is definitely one of the most challenging on the calendar. There are plenty of turns, and the grass is ready and waiting as soon as you run a bit too wide. Every mistake is punished, but that’s what makes it so exciting and I’m really looking forward to the races there.”