This years German National was quite a special one for several reasons. I wanted to try to defend my title but the competition was quite heavy. With Dominic Greiner, Merlin Depta, Lars Hoppe, Steven Cuypers and John Ermen we had a lot if ENS A-finalists at the start. Add local hero Tobias Hepp and you have a high level starting grid.
On the other hand this race was only 2 weeks before the worlds and the last major test for our new Serpent Viper 988.
Free practice on thursday and early friday went very well for all of us. We were constantly in the top 10 and sometimes top 3 pacewise.
Unfortunately it rained in the night to saturday and we could a post do any re-seeding. While I was in a good heat, especially Dominic had a hard time. In average he had to pass 15 times in a 4 minute heat. With the top ten only seperated by 4 seconds that was a decisive factor.
Still he ended up in the top 4 and a direct qualifier spot. Merlin and me struggled a bit with the track beeing different after the rain but we easily bumped up through the semi-final.
The 45 minute final was tough. I was immediately turned upside down in the first lap and had to play catch-up. We also had to change tires twice, we decided to change outside after 10 and all 4 tires after 25 minutes.
Merlin and Dominic were constantly out in front trading places with Gruber and Hepp. Eventually Dominic could win with a few seconds on Gruber and Merlin came home third. I recovered to 5th but the top 4 were hard to get by anyway, given that I made a changd to my car which turned out to be a bad choice and created quite some understeer.
But what a great success for our team! I am doing this for a long time but I can't remember having such a great time with a bunch of people that are just great together! Having so much fun and still find the ambition to do better is amazing.
Thanks guys, also to our mechanics Matthias and Karl-Heinz Meister, Phillip Sting and Jirka Hassler und my wife Jill Salven who all did an amazing job.
Congratulation to Ingo Braun as well fir coming home second in class 2 with his Serpent Viper 977.
See you all in France soon