“Team Deutsche Post by tolimit“ would have expected way more from the third round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland at the Lausitzring: Sean Edwards saves two points for the team standings with position 14, Sascha Maassen drops out with a damaged radiator in lap 4.
The weekend actually started well – as expected: Sean Edwards constantly ranked among the potential podium positions in the free practices. Sascha Maassen also constantly hit the top ten.
In qualifying, however, a strategy fault at Sean Edward’s car: The Brit from “Team Deutsche Post by tolimit” achieved the quickest sector times and would have been able to achieve pole, however, had to break off his fastest lap shortly before the start-finish-line. “In the first part of the qualifying, my lap times were sensationally fast. Unfortunately, we had a strategy issue.” Thus in the second part, he fought with low fuel levels. Position 10 on the starting grid was the best possible result.
In the race, the 23-year-old again had a good start, however, clashed with Philipp Wlazik, the pilot in front of him. It all resulted in a drive-through-penalty imposed by the race stewards. Withdrawn to position 19, the ambitious race driver fought back to 14th place in the end: “On Friday, I was surprised, how well I was getting along with the track. It’s my first time at the Lausitzring. The more annoying it is that I wasn’t able to attack again in qualifying. In the race, I pushed hard to get upfront. Unfortunately, this attempt backfired. Once again, it is not the result we expected to achieve“, the Brit sums up.
Sascha Maassen experienced a weekend to forget at the Lausitzring. Oversteer and a penalty in free practice – his fastest lap happened under yellow flags – resulted in position 20 on the starting grid. A radiator damage in lap 4 of the race forced him to give up. „If you start that much on the back of the field, you try to push as hard as possible. Thus I push-started the one in front of me. My car didn’t like it obviously and redeemed with a radiator damage” the experienced pilot comments with a grim sense of humor.
Paul Schlotmann, who at the Lausitzring acted not only as technical director, but also as team manager for the diseased Jörg Michaelis, sums up: “We expected way more from the weekend. We know that we are fast. Unfortunately, we had some adjustment issues at Sascha’s car and a strategy fault in Sean’s qualifying. In the race, some things happened that are quite normal in such tight position fights. Thus we were only able to achieve two points for the championship standings.”
tolimit managing director Hans-Bernd Kamps adds: “Now we need to make sure that the team does not hang the heads and continues to look ahead. Success means to stand up once more than you fell down. Despite quick lap times, we don’t achieve the results that would be expected. And we will change that quickly.”
Next race of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes place on July 4, at the Norisring (Nurnberg). A summary of the race at the Lausitzring will be broadcast on June 9, in the “Motodrom” show. “n-tv“ and “DMAX“ show race extracts on June 8, in “PS Spezial“ (4.25 p.m.), respectively on June 13, in “DTM Magazin” (noon).