Strong sixth place for Norbert Siedler at Nürburgring 24 Hours
Flawless performance brought the Tyrolean and his team-mates to the front
Norbert Siedler is satisfied: On Sunday, the Tyrolean crossed the finish line in the prestigious 24 Hours Nürburgring in sixth position. Despite a performance deficit, Siedler and his Frikadelli team-mates Klaus Bachler (A), Michael Christensen (DK) and Lucas Luhr (D) fought their way through the field from the 29th starting position and were classified as the best Porsche in the end.
The biggest race weekend of the year did not start very promising for Norbert Siedler and his team-mates. “Early in the practice sessions we knew that we cannot cope with the speed of Mercedes, Audi and BMW because of the temperatures and the high tyre degradation. We only claimed the 29th starting position, which was quite a disappointment,” the Nordschleife-expert summarized.
Norbert Siedler’s Porsche among the top-ten short before the end
Despite the performance deficit Norbert Siedler was optimistic before the race. “Our only chance is to improve with constant lap-times. Even if we are three or four seconds slower per lap, a top-result is possible. But we must not make any mistakes to achieve this.”
Norbert Siedler brought the Porsche 911 safely through the hectic starting stint and handed the car over to Michael Christensen after an hour, before Klaus Bachler and Lucas Luhr jumped in the car. In this order the four professional drivers changed the driving duty throughout the race. “There were no incidents at all, even after 23 hours we did not have to adapt our strategy,” the Wildschönau-based race driver was happy. With an impressive performance, the quartet had improved to the ninth position until the last pit-stop, four minutes behind position six.
Perfect strategy in dramatic end phase leads to position six
But half an hour before the end it suddenly started to rain and the starting field with dry tyres was facing a huge challenge. “This was our chance. The Porsche 911 is a strong weapon in the rain because of its rear engine,” Norbert Siedler described. The Frikadelli squad quickly decided to take the risk of an additional pit-stop. A move which was rewarded: Lucas Luhr was immediately able to attack on the rain tyres and brought the Frikadelli-Porsche home in an excellent sixth position.
“This is amazing,” Norbert Siedler was happy. ”After the disappointing start we would have been happy with a top-ten-result. But the race went perfect. The team and the drivers did not make any mistakes. Thanks a lot to everyone, also to the numerous fans at the track.”
Norbert Siedler has no time to rest after the exhausting endurance race. Already at the next weekend he will sit in a race car again. At the third event of the Blancpain Sprint Cup in Zolder (Belgium), he will share a Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with the young Argentinian Ezequiel Perez Companc.