Press Release: Nick Foster
Round 3 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland championship came upon us very quickly.
This time we headed south and out of Germany to the beautiful countryside of Austria, more specifically Spielberg and the famous Red Bull Ring.
Another new circuit for me was going to pose another difficult challenge as the fast technical Red Bull Ring has only two corners under 3rd gear!
During the one-hour session running older used tyres from Hockenheim, we completed our full testing program pitting multiple times for changes and progressively working our way forward with car setup.
Huge credit to the Team75 Bernhard guys as they have continued to work hard off track to improve and develop the Porsche to my style.
A lot of the session was dedicated to me learning the circuit and dialling myself in for Qualifying and the races.
Qualifying: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 7th
Qualifying for us was a really solid session. Our outright speed considering our little track running time was really strong.
During the session between our green tyre runs we made a small change and on our second run of greens I managed to improve to P3 with five mins of the session remaining.
In the end we dropped to P5 overall as the track got quicker at the end of the session.
Unfortunately I ended with my second fastest lap on good enough for P7 as I boxed a lap too early during the second run.
A small error in my part but I was happy with our speed. The times between P3 and P7 were very close.
Race 1: 9th
Starting from P7 I had a really good jump off the line and battled my way to P4 after the first four laps. After one of the competitors was given a drive through for a jump start I found myself in P3 driving a very similar pace to the leaders.
The Team75 Porsche was really strong and I pushed on under some pressure from behind but managed our pace and gap with P1 and P2.
Sadly an ambitious and fairly desperate move from another competitor as I entered the mid-corner phase of Turn 1 saw my right rear bumper get caved in and a pretty wild spin dropped us back to P9 with only a handful of laps remaining.
It was a really disappointing end to a great race but I was really happy with the pace of our Porsche and I was keen to replicate the same in Race 2.
Race 2: 6th
Starting from P5 I made a good getaway off the line but was forced to run wide through Turn 1 to avoid contact with other cars, loosing a place but gaining one at the same time.
As the race settled I began to apply pressure on fourth with strong early pace. While battling for P4 I made a small mistake that dropped me back to P6 and eventual dropped back to P7 after a few laps of shuffling positions.
Unfortunately although I pace during the race was comparable to the Top 3 with track position and a small error I was unable to move forward during the race.
Although on paper the results are not what we desire, what is important is that this weekend we where competitive the whole weekend with race pace and in Qualifying. We also leave the weekend a strong P4 in the championship despite a few setbacks this weekend.
I again have to thank all the KUS Team75 Bernhard and Outback Camps Australia guys for continuing our push forward and all our supporters, friends, family and fans following in Australia.
Thanks for all your support.