The team SPS with the drivers Alexandre Coigny, David Iradj Alexander and Richard Feller was perfectly placed, the vehicle optimally adjusted for a promising qualifying on Friday morning. Everything went perfect – too perfect, so that 3 hundredths seconds (!) catapult the team from the ranking A6-Am in the A6-Pro. That was not intended at all – the Reglement has its strict rules.
And here, the air is very thin: faster lap times, more weight in the car, lower tank volume per fuel stop – or different: this will be a real challenge!
Thus, on the grid, it is not 1st row that the team aimed at (and would have been the case in the A6-Am class), but row 4 in the overall starting grid.
It is a field of 35 teams in total that starts into the first part of the 12H Race at the Red Bull Ring and the bolide number 24 keeps on steadily fighting forward. Countless “Code 60” phases (overtaking strictly forbidden, maximum speed 60km) are not really beneficial here – at the end of the day, the team parks their No. 24 at 17:15 in the 7th row on the right; so far the result of the first 3.5 h of the race and the starting position for part 2 of the race.
Cover the car and do not touch anymore, because the start / finish line is the Parc Fermé until the restart the next morning at 09:15!
Race day 2 gives the teams a warm and sunny welcome after heavy rains the night before. Highly motivated SPS starts into part 2 of the race.
After 5 hours the 24 is running perfectly on P4 in the Pro class (!) and having left only two hours to race the livetimer presents SPS on P7 overall and P3 in challenging Pro.
End of Race! Car No. 24 passes the Chequered Flag on P3 – that means: again Podium! Another successful week-end for the Team SPS headed by Stephan Sohn. Congrats guys!