23 Jun '13
Le Mans 2013 was a cruel race in many different ways! There were plenty of interventions of red flags and Safety Cars during the practice sessions and race. There were several small and big accidents during the week.
You all know that Allan Simonsen died after a big accident on the third lap of the race. I got to know Allan a little better since Daytona last year, as he and my teammate Dominik Farnbacher were very close friends. It doesn't make it easier to accept that he left us too soon, but Allan was a very talented and professional driver who was doing what he loved doing most, racing, when his life was taken away. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Back to the race.
In qualifying we never had a chance to show what we could really do, laptime wise, because of the sessions were being cut short as a result of incidents and because of the rain showers which made the conditions change all the time.
So we had to be content with our P10 in class on the starting grid.
We understood pretty much since our first lap in practice that we were down on straight line speed. So our strategy was straight forward: drive consistent lap times and stay out of trouble.
And that is exactly what we did. By the end of the race our #53 car had almost no scratches on it and all drivers did competitive and consistent lap times throughout the race. A couple of great calls on tire choices for specific weather conditions kept us in even better contention for a good result. It is with great proud that I can say that SRT Motorsports brought home both cars in a very difficult Le Mans 24H race. And on top of that every single pitstop went faultless! Our #53 finished 8th in class whilst our sister car finished P9.
Since we didn't go through any major issues or highlights and since most of you were at location or behind a computer somewhere in the world to follow our activities, I will keep this blog rather short. In my opinion there is no better way than illustrating Le Mans with pictures from the event.
But first I would like to thank some people.
I thank the entire SRT Motorsports team for a great effort in all different areas!
I thank my teammates for driving an excellent race in very difficult circumstances!
I thank Jos and Luc, our physio's, for keeping us in shape during the entire event!
I thank Sonja for all her support during the race and in between stints!
I thank my parents who send me all their support although they watched from home this year!
And I would like to thank all the fans who were either around the track or following live streaming from anywhere in the world! It was great to see the The Goose flag being waved around the track! Worldwide TV captured it! Thanks.
So now, click on "Media" on this site, then on "Photos" and enjoy Le Mans again!
My next blog will be on after the Lime Rock race on July 6th.
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