Last weekend was my first race with the 977 EVO-2 in France for the first round ENS.Thursday practise day was wet until lunch, and after it we had 4 practise rounds for 6 minutes. It was my first visit on this track and the layout was very technical and a big challenge for all. After the first day i was in 11th position with 3 consecutive laps counting. Not so bad because the competition was very high and i had not so much track time, but still room for improvements.
Friday was a bad day for racing. The whole day was wet and the forecast sayed rain for the whole day. We were in the hotel and prepared the cars for the next day of qualifing. On Saturday we started with 2 timed practises and following 4 rounds of qualifikation. After the timed practise i was in 10th position and in the top group. We improved the car for each round and the pace was there to reach a final spot direct after qualifying. 10th position for me after qualification on tie points with 8 and 9. First step was done and we prepared the car for the finals day on sunday.
The final went okay for me. I think everyone could make 5 minutes and tire strategy was changing all tires after 15 and 30 minutes. Tire wear was very high and made it very difficult to drive the car after 10 minutes. I had small mistakes and one time a car crashed into me and i flipped and lost a few seconds. After 35 minutes i was in 5th position and Shimo in 4th was only a few seconds far away but with the same pace. I pushed really hard and i could close the gap to the next fuel stop. But this time the fuel stop was not perfect and I lost the gap again. In the last lap i tried to catch Shimo but i made a mistake and crashed a little bit in Shimo and went into the gras. In this time Robert passed me and my final position became 6th overall.
Overall i was very happy to reach the final in my first 1:8 ENS race with this very high level of competition. We improved the 977 EVO-2 car a lot the last weeks and for sure will be better the next races. The team worked close together and we had 2 cars in the main ( Merlin Depta also made the main). Also my whole package run flewless the whole weekend without issues but only a few tenths to slow for a podium spot.
Anyway my best start into a ENS season so far. Looking forward to the next races and fun with the whole team.
See you on the track