Spanner in the works at season finale
2. October 2018 · Blancpain Endurance Series
A broken exhaust completely dashed Marco Seefried’s title hopes during the last Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup race in Barcelona. After just ten laps, the 42-year-old had to retire with the Emil Frey Racing Lexus RC F GT3 and leave the car in the pits.
It had been a mixed weekend. “Free Practice and qualifyings were halted by interruptions”, Seefried reported. “And so we had trouble getting things going. In addition, several technical problems were a pain.” The stalwart nevertheless made a good impression with fast lap times.
Marco Seefried was first driver and started Sunday’s three-hour race from 19th on the grid. “We’d thought up a special tyre strategy in order to be in a good position later on in the race, but unfortunately we didn’t get that far. It was impossible to repair the exhaust within such a short time and so we had to retire early”, the disappointed Lexus driver concluded. The trio Seefried, Albert Costa and Christian Klien’s existing title chances also vanished after the retirement.
Despite this unhappy ending, Marco Seefried still draws a positive conclusion to the 2018 season. “Highlight was definitely our Paul Ricard victory. The race was not only a sporting success, but also had a special emotional dimension”, said the Bavarian, looking back on the Emil Frey Racing team’s premiere win. The team also delivered a great performance at the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours – one of the world’s toughest endurance races – and secured a position at the top segment of the standings.
“Being within reach of the title in the season’s finale says a lot about our performance level”, the endurance expert summed up. “But to actually become champion means everything has to fit. Sadly, that wasn’t the case in Barcelona.”