No result for Norbert Siedler in Hockenheim after engine fire


High anticipation ahead of Blancpain GT Series season finale

The ADAC GT Masters season finale in Hockenheim was finished for Norbert Siedler before it had really started: Already after five laps the Tyrolean had to enter the pit-lane in Saturday’s race because of a technical problem, which was impossible to be repaired until the race on Sunday. Now Siedler is looking forward to his comeback in the Emil Frey Racing Jaguar GT3 next weekend in Barcelona.

Already on Saturday morning Norbert Siedler and his team-mate Marco Mapelli (I) had a disappointing start into the final weekend: “In the qualifying we suffered from lack of power,” the Austrian explained. “At the end of the longest straight we were three kilometres per hour slower than the other Lamborghini cars. The problem was worse when exiting slow corners. All in all, it cost a few tenths each lap.” With that handicap, the HB-Racing-driver had to settle with starting position 16. 

The remaining hopes for a good result were destroyed after five laps. “Suddenly I smelled fuel inside the cockpit and entered the pit-lane immediately,” Norbert Siedler explained. A few seconds after the car stopped in front of the HB Racing pit garage, flames came out of the rear. “The mechanics were able to extinguish the fire and I left the car quickly. I was fine but the car could not be repaired until Sunday,” Siedler summarized. For the first time in this season, the Austrian did not see the chequered flag in both ADAC GT Masters races of one weekend.

Norbert Siedler optimistic ahead of his comeback in the Jaguar GT3                

At the next weekend Norbert Siedler will celebrate his comeback in the Emil Frey Jaguar GT3-car. Just as last year, the team from Switzerland signed the endurance-specialist for the Blancpain Endurance Cup season finale, which will be held in Barcelona this year. At the Spanish track, the race driver from Oberau will share the car with Alex Fontana (CH) and Stéphane Ortelli (MCO).

“Last year at Nürburgring we claimed the best season-result for the team with position seven. It would be nice to repeat that. The current season-best of the team is position nine,” Norbert Siedler is looking forward. “I followed the other races and was in contact with some of the drivers. The team made a lot of progress with their self-developed car and was even leading a race this year. Therefore, I am really confident. But the competition cannot be stronger than in the Blancpain Endurance Cup.”