Fourth position for the Austrian on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife
Norbert Siedler missed a podium-result only narrowly at the VLN Endurance Championship‘s fourth race of the season. Despite an additional pit-stop the Tyrolean and his team-mate Frank Stippler (D) crossed the finish line in fourth position. After three hours Siedler even led the race.
For the first time in this season the Frikadelli-Porsche was equipped with Falken-Tyres. Norbert Siedler was not satisfied with the eighth position in qualifying on Saturday morning. “Neither Frank nor I had a lap without traffic or yellow flag zones. A much better result would have been possible,” he analysed.
In the hectic starting phase, Norbert Siedler was part of some exiting battles and handed the car over to Frank Stippler in fifth position. “The first two hours of the race went perfect. During my second stint I was able to take the lead for the first time. But the high temperatures required a lot from the tyres and I had to enter the pit-lane after five instead of seven laps.”
Fight for the podium until the last lap – positive conclusion
Despite the early pit-stop Norbert Siedler claimed the leading position 40 minutes before the end again. “Unfortunately we had to refuel one more time which dropped us back to position four,” the Porsche-driver explained. With enough fuel and fresh tyres the Austrian gained more than 15 seconds against his opponents in the last three laps. In the end the Frikadelli-Porsche finished less than five seconds behind the third-placed car. But the fourth position was the best result of the season for the team from Barweiler as well.
“We were the only car at the front that has pitted four times and it was our first race with a new tyre supplier. Therefore, we can be happy with the fourth position. Of course a trophy would have been nice after so many laps in the lead,” Norbert Siedler summarized. “We will continue to compete with Falken and have to adapt our setup to their tyres even more. If we solve the problems regarding degradation, I am really confident for the rest of the season.”
Norbert Siedler’s next races are on the schedule in two weeks, when the ADAC GT Masters holds its event in Zandvoort (NL). There the 34-year-old will share a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of HB Racing with Marco Mapelli (I).