Bouyed up by second place in the most important race of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans 24 hours, Andy Priaulx is heading towards the Eifel mountains for the fourth round of the series at the Nurburgring this coming weekend. The Ford Chip Ganassi driver, with his team mate, Harry Tincknell, will arrive in Germany leading the GT drivers’ champonship and they are hoping to consolidate that position.
Then talking about the circuit itself he added: “This is an amazing circuit, even though we only race on the short 5.137 kilometre Grand Prix version and not the 25 kilometre Nordschleife used for the 24 hour race there. I have raced on both and have an affinity with them. The thing about racing there is to expect the unexpected. It can he cold, wet and foggy or steaming hot. You have to be ready to change your driving style at a minutes notice, as the conditions are not always constant. It is a technical track and, even if the conditions are fine, can be challenging.”
The teams will be out on track for the first time on Friday, 14th July for FP1 from 11.35 to 13.05, and then for FP2 from 16.15 to 17.45. On Saturday FP3 will be from 09.45 to 10.45 and then qualifying for the LMGTE Pro class from 14.55 to 15.15. The six hour race will start on Sunday at 13.00. All these times are local, which is an hour ahead of BST.
In the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship Andy, Harry and Pipo Derani have 74 points with Daniel Serra, Daniel Turner and Jonnny Adam in the Aston Martin in second on 63.