Austrian drivers aim for the podium

The ADAC GT Masters is visiting the Red Bull Ring this weekend, June 9-11, 2017, the home round for six Austrian drivers. Putting the pedal to the metal in the Supersport cars will be DTM star Lucas Auer, Philipp Eng, Norbert Siedler, Klaus Bachler, Christoph Höher and Michael Fischer. And we shouldn’t forget Grasser Racing Team from nearby Knittelfeld, who are racing a Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Lucas Auer lead the charge for the Austrians, finishing second in FP1.

But before the track action commenced, the Austrian drivers faced the media scrum.

Lucas Auer (Mercedes): “The first time I drive at the Red Bull Ring was in Formula 3 in 2012 and I took the win. It’s awesome to drive here. I’m feeling confident, and the atmosphere is unbelievable. When I made the move to the DTM, I started to follow the GTs and this year I made it. There’s a lot to learn, but I have a brilliant team-mate in Sebastian Asch. The competition is very strong so we will find out how competitive we are tomorrow.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche): “Your home round is always special and I am looking forward to the weekend. On Sunday, I’ll be heading directly to Le Mans, where I’ll taking part in the legendary 24-hour race. The Red Bull Ring is special, especially when you see how it has improved since the re-opening. You could travel the world without finding a circuit to equal the Red Bull Ring. On this track, even the slightest mistake can make a big difference to where you place on the starting grid. There are some good overtaking spots and I’m sure we’re going to see some thrilling races with a lot battles on track this weekend.”

Philipp Eng (BMW): “When I’m at the wheel, I give 100% in every corner on every lap. I usually go into every race weekend with a bad feeling about something but this time I don’t have a thing to complain about!”

Norbert Siedler (Lamborghini): “I hope that at least one of us Austrians is going to finish on top this weekend. We’ve got a lot work left to do in our team. I hope we can find some more top speed so we can be competitive on the straights as well.”

Christopher Höher (Audi): “For me, this is a development year and so far it’s been positive. Until now I’ve raced in Formula cars but it was time for a change. When I got an invitation from the Audi Sport racing academy I did not have to think about it for long. The strangest thing is that you don’t  sit in the middle of the car anymore. I also had to get used to the car weighing almost twice as much and that you have to drive cleaner. I’m aiming to thrill all the spectators at my home round. I want them to go home saying it’s been a beautiful weekend!”

Gottfried Grasser: “This has been a great season for us so far. I assume this is a reason is that we’re using the same tyres as the other cars for the first time. Hopefully we will be able to continue racing at the sharp end at the beautiful Red Bull Ring this weekend. I live down the road from here so this really is my home race. It’s an awesome feeling to get up in the morning, take in the beautiful surroundings with all the mountains around and then drive in your car five minutes down the road to the track. I have to say, respect to Lucas. Coming from DTM where he was a front runner, it’s easy to fear that your reputation might suffer if you struggle in this series, so a lot of drivers don’t move into this series. So I think it’s great when any driver has the guts to make this move. This is a win for  the ADAC GT Masters, too, both for the sport and its media profile.”

Double the action at Spielberg

There’s double the action on track at Spielberg this weekend with thrilling battles all over the grid. The lights go out at the start of the ADAC GT Masters races at 13:15 on Saturday and Sunday. There‘s more action with racing in the ADAC Formula 4, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, ADAC TCR Germany, GT4 EM and the Trofeo Abarth. Mick Wishofer at Lechner Racing, Thomas Preining, Philipp Sager and Christopher Zöchling, Knittelfeld driver Hari Proczyk, Max Hofer, Lukas Niedertscheider, Simon Reicher and Jürgen Schmal are just a few local heroes waiting to entertain the fans in the support races.

Autographs, open paddock and two pit walks

Fans can take a tour of the pits on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 and enter the paddock to get a glimpse behind the scenes in a professional motorsports event. There will be a ‘meet the drivers’ session on Saturday, which is the perfect opportunity for fans to pose for selfies and get autographs from the drivers. The “Fahrerlebniswelt Projekt Spielberg” will also be opened this weekend where fans can try driving buggies or Land Rover Defender SUVs in the Off Road Track, try Enduro or Trials riding or put in a few hot laps in the GoKarts.

Special Adventure: Starting grid

There’s open seating on all available grandstands, tickets are available at around €20 per race day or around €30 for the whole weekend. Fans can also upgrade to a grid walk ticket that grants you exclusive access to the starting grid shortly before the racing. They are available from the ticket office on site from around €20, but hurry, because numbers are limited.

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