Fire leads to an early end of Norbert Siedler’s Dubai 24 Hours
No laps in the race for the Austrian after fire in the starting period
Dubai, 15th January 2017
Big disappointment for Norbert Siedler at the Dubai 24 Hours: Already after less than two hours the endurance race was finished early for the Tyrolean and his team-mates Andrea Amici, Herbert Handlos, Florian Spengler and Sam Tordoff. A blown-up tyre damaged the fuel line and thereby caused an engine fire.
“A fire inside the car is among the worst things you can imagine as a driver. It might seem exciting to the spectators, but it is extremely dangerous. Luckily Andrea was able to open the seat belt quickly and leave the car,” Norbert Siedler describes. The 34-year-old was supposed to climb into the Italian sports car two hours later. Therefore, he did not take part of the race actively. “Until the issue the race was okay for us. We survived the starting period without any problems and were on a good position among the top-10,” the race driver from Wildschönau summarized the short race.
Norbert Siedler to participate in 24 Hours of Daytona in two weeks
Norbert Siedler is now looking forward to his next race: “In two weeks I will once again participate in the Daytona 24 Hours with a Porsche 911 GT3 R.” In Florida the endurance specialist will share the Park Place Motorsports car with Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Matt McMurry. “Last year things went really well until we had a drive train issue. The test days in Daytona seemed to be promising for Porsche. Our goal is a podium finish.”