3rd place for Björn Dietrich and the Pfister Racing team in the Octavia Cup at the Red Bull Ring

Red Bull Ring. The 3rd and 4th qualifying races at this year’s racing season in the Skoda Octavia Cup were held from May 17 to 20, 2018 on the Austrian Formula 1 circuit in the heart of Styria. On the 4.3km long Red Bull Ring, the teams and drivers were welcomed with a highly modern paddock as well as pit lanes and a Formula 1 standard circuit. Paired with a unique atmosphere in the Austrian mountains, the racing weekend at the Red Bull Ring certainly constitutes one of the Octavia Cup’s season highlights.

Team leader Andreas Pfister commented as follows: “After the first racing weekend in the Most Autodrom, in which we were already able to demonstrate our racing car’s performance, we have once again been working intensively on our racing car in the last weeks and I am certain that we made further progress in the areas of framework and braking. We already have a lot of experience with Volkswagen racing cars and, of course, want to convert this into good results. In the Octavia Cup it can get tough quite quickly which is why we celebrate every tenth of a second that we can find. Björn Dietrich (GER) replaced our Wolfgang Kriegl (AUT) as the driver for reasons related to deadlines in the Red Bull Ring. We are already looking forward to how Björn will perform in the Cup during his guest appearance.”

Björn Dietrich completed a guest start at the Red Bull Ring and took to the Octavia Cup racing car very quickly!

The Skoda Octavia Cup presents many racers with a cost-effective alternative to the TCR series as Octavia Cup racing cars are only slightly different to TCR ones in terms of performance but almost 50% cheaper to bring to the circuit in terms of input costs.

Sensational podium placing in the first race

After Björn Dietrich was able to grab 7th place in the qualifying time trials, he was already delighted at his racing car’s performance. The Red Bull Ring course seemed to be well suited to both Dietrich as a driver and the Pfister Racing team’s Octavia Cup racing car’s set up.
Straight after the release of the “Indianapolis Start”, Dietrich showed his abilities and continued to improve his lap times. He was able to seize some positions in duels and also benefited from two competitors’ driving errors as it had begun to lightly rain on the rear section of the course. He used this to advance further forward and positioned himself in a sensational 3rd place with a strong performance against the more experienced Octavia Cup competitors.

Chaos at the starting phase costs all chances in race 2

Conversely, the second race on Sunday did not go to plan – in rainy conditions, Björn Dietrich was steered towards the sidelines by an over exuberant competitor in the starting phase. As that driver had significantly passed his breaking point, a collision was unavoidable and, with that, the second race was over prematurely.

from left to right Michal Matějovský (CZ), Petr Fulín junior (CZ) and Björn Dietrich (GER)

“Our driver, Björn Dietrich, gave a very strong performance this racing weekend and was able to use our racing car’s performance against the competition. We were just unlucky in the second race, we should just forget things like that. We are happy about the first podium placing of this Octavia Cup season and are certain that Wolfgang Kriegl will bring in further good results for our team during the course of the season,” said Andreas Pfister.
further races on top-class racing tracks

The SKODA OCTAVIA CUP 2018 race dates are:
June 15-17, 2018 – Tor Poznan (PL)
July 13-14, 2018 – EuroSpeedway Lausitz (GER)
August 17-19, 2018 – Slovakia Ring (SK)
August 31 – September 2, 2018 – Autodrom Most (CZ)
October 12-14, 2018 – Nürburgring (GER)

Further information on the SKODA OCTAVIA CUP, as well as the up-to-date race results of the Pfister Racing team can be found on the homepage www.pfister-racing.eu and on the official Pfister-Racing GmbH Facebook page.

Test possibilities upon request
Upon request there are test possibilities in the Pfister Racing team with the SKODA OCTAVIA CUP racing car. Simply contact us by email kommunikation@pfister-racing.eu or by tel. +49(0)9350 / 90 900 59, if you have any questions.
Photos: Petr Frýba / Skoda Octavia Cup