GTWC R4 Nurburgring

Spa24hrs 2021
October 25, 2021
NLS7 – 6hr
October 25, 2021

GTWC R4 Nurburgring

David returned to the Nurburgring but this time only for the GP circuit and the GTWC championship! So even though this was a very familiar territory for the Germany based Brit, the tyre, track and BOP combination would be new to him. Also new to the weekend was David’s team mates, with Sheldon Van Der Linde and Marco Wittman at the Red Bull Ring on DTM duties, David formed an all British line up of BMW Factory driver Nick Yelloly and BMW Formula E driver Jake Dennis for the Nurburgring round.

The tight a twisty track on the Pirelli tyre would mean it would be tricky to play to the M6’s strengths. As predicted testing, Free Practice and Pre Qualifying were tricky, but the drivers and team worked well together to build a competitive qualifying and race car with the #34 car lining up P13.

Again David was on SRO Esports sim racing duties, and expected, like the real world to struggle against some of the more nimble cars and David was also carrying success penalty weight after winning at Spa, however a decent qualifying put David in the mix. Having done many starts on the Nurburgring GP circuit David positioned his car perfectly to make up multiple positions to come out in P3 crutially against his Esports championship rivals as well. After the first few laps there wasn’t much excitement as David made up 1 more position to run P2 and hold the place until the flag to bag more teams championship points and another 4000E for the team.

David would also start the real race on Sunday afternoon making up 1 position to run P12 at the end of the first lap. An uneventful but tough stint followed as David initially held onto the pack ahead, before the tyre degradation set in and David dropped back a little but held position in P13. Jake would take over and start to close the gap to the cars ahead bringing the #34 car close to the top10, before handing over to Nick. However another disaster hit the car as only 50% of the fuel went into the car at the final stop meaning the car would have to make an additional stop to top up with fuel to make the end of the race. Luckily this could be done under a late safety car but from P8 the car dropped back to P12.

“Again another tough weekend in terms of performance, but we made big jumps to bring the car forward set up wise to be competitive. The team adjusted well to the new line up, its always a pleasure to drive with Nick and Jake bought an interesting perspective from his Formula E background. Unfortunately we were let down again by something out of our control with the fuel rig issue and stopped us from scoring points. Very disappointing again”

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