Challenging racing weekend with a double commitment for the Pfister Racing team in the
OCTAVIA Cup and ADAC Bördesprint Cup
Motorsportarena Oschersleben / Nürburgring. The racing weekend from October 12 to 14, 2018 was all about the double commitment for the Pfister Racing team: the team from Franconia were on the starting grid at both the Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER) in the ADAC Bördesprint Cup, and at the Nürburgring (GER) in the Skoda OCTAVIA Cup.
5 touring cars in total were used:
The famously fast duo Lucian Aron (GER) and Dennis Bröker (GER) drove the ADAC Logan Cup racing car with start number 211 in the in Oschersleben and Claus Gramlich (GER) and Christian Meurer (GER) drove the CHEVROLET Cruze Cup and ADAC Logan Cup racing car in the ADAC Bördesprint Cup.
Wolfgang Kriegl (AUT) started the final race of the season in the Skoda OCTAVIA Cup with start number 3, he was supported by his team colleague Andreas Pfister (GER) as a guest starter with start number 77.
Andreas Pfister (GER) completed a guest start in the Skoda OCTAVIA Cup
Team leader Andreas Pfister commented as follows: “We’re thrilled about the use of 5 touring cars in total and the huge interest in our team associated with this. At the same time, the ADAC Logan Cup is still an affordable great opportunity for newcomers to touring car motor racing. Drivers can gain a wealth of experience in the 2-hour race at low cost. We have two hot irons in the fire in our racing class with our ADAC Logan Cup racing car and the CHEVROLET Cruze Cup racing car in the ADAC Bördesprint Cup.
We are competing against strong competition with two racing cars for the first time in the OCTAVIA Cup and looking forward to being able to enrich the cup with this. The double commitment on two racing tracks are a huge logistical challenge for us but we have a strong team with totally motivated team members and can also manage this successfully!”
A few cups but hard work too at the Motorsportarena Oschersleben
The race day at the Motorsportarena Oschersleben started with a moment of shock for the team: after just a few laps in the open training, the drive Lucian Aron with start number 211 had to head into the pits with engine problems. The mechanics on site, Bozo Erak and Heiko Kraft immediately started searching for the fault and replaced possible sources of the fault. Despite great commitment, only mechanical damage could be diagnosed on the engine in the end, which led to a loss in performance. Despite this, the Aron / Bröker duo were able to gain an important 4th place in the first race of the day with a “wounded” ADAC Logan Cup racing car.
The mechanics then replaced the engine in the pits overnight from Saturday into Sunday, which had been brought especially to Oschersleben by the team. These outstanding efforts were rewarded with fast lap times and a great 2nd place in the ADAC Logan Cup race on Sunday. Claus Gramlich and Christian Meurer also certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces at the track with their class victories in the ADAC Bördesprint Cup.
The blue ADAC Logan Cup racing car with start number 211 was in the thick of the action
at Motorsportarena Oschersleben.
Bad luck with the technology and a challenging catch-up battle in the SKODA OCTAVIA CUP
The Pfister Racing team was also put to the test in the OCTAVIA Cup. Everything was still going to plan after the open training, but then the Andreas Pfister’s racing car (#77) ran into problems in the time training: “We had to battle with a loss in boost which reduced the engine’s performance. We even had to head to the pits in the first race for this reason. Our mechanics, Mirek Göbel and Alois Pfister, were able to replace the right component for the second race, despite the time pressure, and I managed to move forwards into 6th place from the last starting position with a catch-up battle,” said Andreas Pfister.
Wolfgang Kriegl managed to join the middle field during his debut at the Nürburgring. He also experienced an action-packed racing weekend and was able to cross the finish line in 12th place in his 280 HP powerful OCTAVIA Cup racing car in both races.
Wolfgang Kriegl (AUT) drove on the GP course at the Nürburgring for the first time
“We would like to thank our drivers for their loyalty and the great results in the end. Special thanks go to our mechanics who had to work really hard at both racing track. These kinds of unforeseen problems can only be solved by superb team work at the racing track, and we proved that. We are convinced that our commitment will also pay off for future races!”, commented Andreas Pfister in an interview the media.
More dates for the Pfister Racing team:
2018.10.20 ADAC touring car driver evaluation – Schlüsselfeld (GER)
2018.10.21 ADAC Bördesprint Cup – Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)
2018.10.26/27 Sports driver training & license course – Wachauring (AUT)
2018.11.03/04 Sports driver training & license course – Racepark Meppen (GER)
2018.11.10 ADAC Bördesprint Cup – Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)
2018.11.17 ADAC Bördesprint Cup – Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)
Further information on the ADAC Bördesprint Cup and 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.
Photos: Pfister-Racing GmbH