Two point-results for Norbert at Blancpain Sprint Cup season final
Tyrolean happy with positions eight and nine at Nürburgring
Adenau, 16th September 2018
At the Blancpain Sprint Cup season final, Norbert was happy with two further point-results. At Nürburgring (GER) he crossed the finish-line together with his team-mate Markus Palttala (FIN) in positions eight (Sunday) and nine (Saturday). Especially in the second race the Lexus of the international duo was among the fastest cars on track.
In the qualifying sessions on Saturday, Norbert and his team-mates secured the 13th starting positions for the runs at Nürburgring. “Of course, we were not happy with this result,” the Tyrolean was angry. But a few hours later things went a lot better: Step by step Norbert and Palttala fought their way through the field with their Lexus and were rewarded with a championship point for the ninth place.
Motivated by this result, Norbert aimed for a top-10-result on Sunday as well. This time the international duo even moved up to eighth place. “Especially with the second race we can be really happy. In my stint I even made up around three seconds against the race winner,” Norbert was happy. “The team gave us a really strong car. With a better starting position, a top-5-result would have been possible.”
Norbert‘s Lexus squad on position six in final team classification of the Sprint Cup
The debut season of the Lexus RC F GT3 in the Blancpain Sprint Cup ended on the sixth position of the team classification for Emil Frey Racing. Norbert contributed points in six of the ten races. All in all, he was happy with the first year: “After a few starting problems, we always had a good pace in the races from the second weekend on.”
“We should not forget that it was the first appearance of the Lexus on such a high level,” Norbert emphasized. “Tiny things decide on the qualifying results. Especially in Sprint Cup the starting position is extremely important. In addition to that the tracks of the Endurance Cup matched the Lexus’ strengths a little bit better this year. In two weeks in Barcelona we have the chance for achieve another Endurance podium.”
At the next weekend Norbert’s journey leads to Nürburgring again. In the seventh race of the VLN Endurance Championship the 35-year-old fights for the overall victory with a Porsche 911 GT3 of Frikadelli Racing again.