Exciting weeks with spectacular races and great events lie behind us. We are already looking forward to the next season. In our monthly MEYLE Performance Update you will find lots of insights and pictures for free editorial use.
- ·ADAC GT Masters: Top ten position for T3 Motorsport in ADAC GT Masters for the first time
- ·Truck Racing: Season finale with podium finish for Sascha Lenz in Jarama, Spain
- Full throttle with MEYLE: That was the 2019 motorsport season
ADAC GT Master
Top ten position for T3 Motorsport in ADAC GT Masters for the first time
In mid-September the ADAC GT Masters at the Hockenheimring started the penultimate race of the season. In the first qualifying Maximilian Paul started with the Audi R8 LMS from 18th place and came undamaged through the turmoil of the first race lap. After an interruption by the Safety Car the field was reshuffled. "I was able to work my way forward bit by bit, the car was extremely good," said a pleased Paul. William Tregurtha, who took over the Audi from Paul, was also able to make up a few positions. Due to a subsequent penalty from a competitor, the two young drivers Paul and Tregurtha were able to celebrate eighth place in the end. In the separate junior classification they finished third on the podium. "I'm really happy for the team because we had a lot of bad luck in the races before," Tregurtha said happily at the end of the race. The T3 Motorsport team also started from 18th position on the second day of the race. After the driver change Paul started an attack on his rival in front. The tyre valves of both cars touched and the Audi R8 LMS tore them off. After the necessary pit stop T3 Motorsport dropped back to the end of the field and finished the race on position 25. "We were almost as fast as the top again, but with a pit stop more than all the others you have no chance", summarized Paul.
Two weeks later the season finale took place at the Sachsenring. For the two young drivers it was the first race on the challenging uphill and downhill track. In the first race Tregurtha landed in the gravel due to an evasive manoeuvre and dropped back to last place. "I had the choice: accident or gravel bed. Of course, I preferred the second option," says Tregurtha. In Saturday's second race Paul was able to regain his connection to the field, but in the end more than 25th place was not possible. On Sunday Paul and Tregurtha finished the first qualifying in 24th place and were able to fight their way up to 18th place in the following race. "Team and drivers were at the Sachsenring for the first time. We learned a lot and gained important experience for the future," said Paul summarising the race weekend at the Sachsenring.
Season finale with podium finish for Sascha Lenz in Jarama, Spain
After the summer break, in mid-September, the Truck Racing team started the final sprint of the season: The 6th round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship took place in Zolder, Belgium. In the first qualifying and the SuperPole of the top ten, MAN driver Sascha Lenz secured 5th place on the grid. Due to an electronics problem, Lenz had to head for the pit lane in the first lap, but was able to continue his points hunt with a respectable lap gap. Lenz started the second Saturday race from behind. The race had to be stopped twice due to numerous retirements; therefore the final race result was an addition of both partial races. Thanks to a strong race to catch up, Lenz was able to fight his way up to 8th place in the end. In the SuperPole on Sunday, the MAN driver secured 7th place, but then dropped back to 8th position in the starting tussle of the first race. Three laps before the end Lenz started a catch-up manoeuvre, which unfortunately ended in the gravel bed. Also in the last race of the weekend Lenz had to start from the end of the field. The race driver was unimpressed and really stepped on the gas again: in the end he crossed the finish line in sixth place. In the FIA team classification, the "Löwenpower" team, which Lenz and his Spanish MAN colleague Antonio Albacete form, was able to celebrate a number of podium places: the team was able to book a first, a second and a third podium place in the individual races.
A total of 60,000 spectators watched the penultimate race of the season two weeks later at the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans, France. In the first SuperPole of the Top Ten on Saturday, Lenz secured the 2nd starting place for the first race. From the beginning Lenz stayed close to the leader and could defend this second position until the finish. In the second race Lenz started from position 7 and finished the race with this position. On Sunday the second day of the race started with continuous rain: In difficult weather conditions Lenz drove in the 2nd SuperPole on starting position 5. The first lap of the race had to be driven under yellow because of the rain. Despite a strong performance and a promising race to catch up, Lenz just passed a podium place and finished the race on rank 4. In the last race Lenz started from rank 5. In an outstanding race to catch up, Lenz was able to overtake all his opponents and clinch a sovereign victory - with a lead of more than 10 seconds. "It was a very nice race. I didn't really have to look in the mirror and just concentrate on my lap times. A very good victory for us at SL Trucksport30 today," Lenz rejoiced. It was also a successful weekend for the "Löwenpower" team: In the team classification, the two MAN drivers were able to clinch first place twice and second place twice.
In Jarama, Spain, the season finale took place a week later. In summer temperatures, Lenz set himself the goal of defending his 5th place in the FIA overall standings at the last weekend of the season. In the SuperPole on Saturday, Lenz secured third place on the grid and also crossed the finish line. Due to the reverse grid rule, the MAN pilot started from 6th place in Saturday's second race, but was able to make up some positions right at the start. Due to an accident in the first lap the race had to be stopped. After the restart Lenz was able to fight his way up to 4th place in the further course of the race and narrowly missed another podium place. Also in the SuperPole on Sunday he secured 3rd place on the grid, just a tenth of a second behind the pole. With his competitor for 5th place in the FIA overall standings, Norbert Kiss, Lenz fought an exciting duel until the end of the race. In the end, the MAN driver was happy about fourth place ahead of his opponent. Lenz finished the second Sunday race in 6th place. With two victories and two second places in the team classification the duo Lenz and Albacete won the FIA title as team "Löwenpower".
Full throttle with MEYLE
That was the 2019 motorsport season
With the final races of the season at Sachsenring (ADAC GT Masters) and Jarama (Truck Racing), the 2019 motorsport season is officially over. Eventful months with exciting races, great results and great motorsport moments lie behind us. We would like to use the next issue of the MEYLE Performance Update to look back and share the best impressions of the race weekends with you. Our drivers Maximilian Paul, William Tregurtha and Sascha Lenz will also be giving us insights into their season highlights and what they are looking forward to in the coming months.
18.10. – 20-.10.2019 DMV NES 500, Nürburgring (DE)