08 jun Kelvin Snoeks happy with “best race of the season so far”
After the season opener at Oschersleben and the second round at the Sachsenring, the third round of this year’s ADAC GT Masters series again took drivers and teams to the former Eastern Germany. This time, the impressive Lausitzring was the venue for a pair of races on a shared event with that other prestigious German race series, the DTM. Dutch driver Kelvin Snoeks had high expectations for the event that was rightfully announced as ‘Motorsport Festival’ – the package even included superbikes! The meeting was a great success with a combined total of 67,500 spectators. Together with his German team-mate Elia Erhart, Snoeks made good progress in the first race of the weekend. With the HB Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3, the pair started from 29th on the grid and finished 15th, their best result to date. In the second race, a broken driveshaft forced the pair to retire.
ADAC GT Masters action started on Friday already with two free practice sessions and qualifying. “That was a bit different from what I am normally used to, because at other events, we have qualifying on Saturday, but with so many categories on the weekend and such a tight schedule, you have to be flexible,” Kelvin Snoeks said. In the free practice sessions, Snoeks and Erhart didn’t use any fresh tyres, so lap times were not really meaningful. “More important was that we had a good feeling and had the chance to learn the track and to make some changes on the set-up of the car.
Benefiting also from the experience of the team’s sister car, the set-up of the Lamborghini with starting number 6 was changed for qualifying. “The improvement was obvious,” Snoeks reported. “The handling of the car was much better than before, but when I was on my third lap and going for a fast lap time, the red flag was out. After that, it was really crazy with traffic, so I didn’t have a chance to post a fast lap time again. I was really disappointed, because the car handled so well and I am sure we could have achieved a much better result.
In the first race, Snoeks started from 29th place, but was already up in 25th place after two laps. “Then I wanted to overtake the next one, but a BMW hit me and I was pushed off the track,” he said. “So, there I was, back at the end of the field again. I continued the race and I fought back. The lap times were good, so that showed what we could have done, had it not been for our misfortune in qualifying. It was the best race of the season by far, we finished 15th, which was pretty good. The second race, we had a drive shaft problem. Without that, we could have ended up in the top ten, because so many things happened during the race, but unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. On the other hand, it was good to see that the speed is there, that is a positive thing. We are getting there.”
After the summer break, the ADAC GT Masters season continues at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the weekend of July 23 and 24.