I.S.R. RACING COMPLETED CHALLENGING WEEKEND IN NURBURGRING

18.08.2019 – Changing weather conditions and two hard-fought races prevented I.S.R. racing to convert its pace into a strong performance this weekend at Nürburgring during the fifth round of ADAC GT Masters 2019.

 

 18.08.2019 – Changing weather conditions and two hard-fought races prevented I.S.R. racing to convert its pace into a strong performance this weekend at Nürburgring during the fifth round of ADAC GT Masters 2019.

The team led by Igor Salaquarda reached the iconic German track resolute to build on the experience acquired on this circuit and be a protagonist on the Sprint layout measuring 3.629 meters with the #33 AUDI R8 LMS driven by Filip Salaquarda (CZ) and Frank Stippler (GER).

I.S.R. racing’s drivers demonstrated the potential to aim to the top ten during free practice and lapped constantly closed to the quickest. In Q1, Salaquarda struggled to get the same confidence but posted a 1’27.647s that was the fifteenth quickest time. Q2 has been quite complex with the track mostly wet and under a strong rain shower. Stippler was the 22nd fastest in 1’40.008s.

Race one was run on the dry and I.S.R. racing completed a good performance. Salaquarda managed to avoid the contacts early on and a great pit strategy allowed the drivers to recover a position during the pit stop. Stippler made up some further ground in the second stint and ended the race very close to the top ten claiming the eleventh position.

The intense racing challenge in the mid of the pack during race two slowed I.S.R. racing’s pairing down as the car was partially involved in the incident on lap one. Stippler was forced wide on the grass and a contact blocked the door of the Audi R8 LMS #33. This affected also the pit stop and the mechanics had to help Salaquarda to complete the driver change. The pairing ended therefore in 22nd position.

Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
“We are certainly a bit disappointed on how the weekend panned out: on Friday we were very fast confirming the pace shown in the previous rounds and we were quite confident to complete a strong performance. Unfortunately, races turned out to be trickier than expected, the rain that fell in Q2 did not help either and the unexpected events of race two certainly slowed us down. This was a shame considering the great results we obtained here last year, but we will quickly turn the page and start preparing the final part of the season soon”.


I.S.R. racing will get back on track for the penultimate round of ADAC GT Masters 2019 in Hockenheim next September 13 - 15th.

ADAC GT Masters 2019 | Calendar
26-28 April | Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (GER)
17-19 May | Autodrom Most (CZ)
7-9 June | Red Bull Ring (A)
9-11 August | Zandvoort (NL)
16-18 August | Nürburgring (GER)
13-15 September | Hockenheimring (GER)
27-29 September | Sachsenring (GER)