Heidorn king of the night, podium for Rogalski
• Kris Heidorn takes 8th and 9th win of the season during the 5th round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup at Misano
• We witnessed a great pace by Polish drivers – Bartosz Paziewski and Robin Rogalski, each of them finished one race on podium
• First Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup night race ever brought a lot of turns in action and overtaking manouvers
Leader of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup overall standings, Kris Heidorn, began Friday practice sessions with two wins – the German driver was the best of all in both afternoon and night practice. Rahel Frey took the 2nd place twice, while Vivien Keszthelyi and Bartosz Paziewski split on 3rd.
First minutes of the qualifying session at the Adriatic sea were mainly a battle between Paziewski and Heidorn. At this time Frey, one of the front-runners, took her time to watch the rivalry from pit stop. After 10 minutes it was Paziewski, who completed the best lap time, wgile the Swiss driver known from DTM was unable to
match his pace – she lost 0,070 seconds to the Pole. Heidorn wasn’t happy with his 3rd place – it was the worst qualifying position for the German in the history of the cup. Vivien Keszthelyi took 4th, overtaking Mike Hesse and Robin Rogalski.
The first race at Italian Misano began on Saturday evening and we had some unexpected results. Kris Heidorn, who started from the 3rd place, won the race and was joined on the podium by Rahel Frey and Bartosz Paziewski. The Polish driver had high hopes for the race, before which he took pole position. However, his start was disastrous and already on the 2nd turn he had to give his position to Rahel Frey.
First lap was really quite an interesting one – Patrick Schneider after start from 8th overtook Jędrzej Szcześniak, while Robin Rogalski won the battle with Mike Hesse. On the same lap Paziewski lost to Heidorn – the German driver eventually overtook Frey as well.
This weekend’s debutant, Fabio Citignola, had a great battle with much more experienced Guido Heinrich. Those two fought for position number 7 and at the end of the day it was Heinrich, who managed to defend his spot.
There was no sensation in Sunday’s qualifying session as Heidorn took pole position. We could talk about a surprise though, as it was Jędrzej Szcześniak who joined him in the 1st row. Ex-DTM driver Frey finished her qualifying after six laps saving tires for the race and took 3rd. Top 5 was closed by two Polish rookie drivers – Bartosz Paziewski and Robin Rogalski.
At the beginning of the first ever night race Heidorn had a poor start – it looked like Szcześniak could make use of it, but he spun at the 2nd corner and dropped to the back of the grid. We saw a brilliant start from young Rogalski, who jumped from 5th to 2nd. After few laps he defended his place against Frey, but it was the experience of Swiss driver that made a difference here. Nevertheless, Rogalski was very happy with a podium result in Italy.
17 minutes before the end Fabio Citignola overtook Vivien Keszthelyi and took 6th, which was important in the overall standings situation, as Paziewski returned to 3rd. 3 minutes later runner-up Frey found some additional speed and started to catch up Heidorn. Finally, she only missed it by one or two laps, as she closed the gap from 7 seconds to just 1.
The next and final round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup will be held at German circuit Nurburgring at September 7th-9th.
Robin Rogalski: – Misano! I wouldn’t find a better place for my 2nd podium in career, during the night race on Italian venue located just few metres from the sea. The rivalry was very close, competition was tough. Huge congratulations for Kris, Rahel and Bartosz for amazing fight. I would also like to thank my fans, who came here to watch the races, as well as my family, engineers and partners, without whom I wouldn’t be here. Soon we will fight at Nurbugring.
Kris Heidorn: – I am happy that the 2nd race didn’t last 30 minutes, like always, but 27 – one or two more laps and Rahel will be there and we have a fight. My left tires were overheating, which was bad, as we have a lot of right corners here in Misano. Good job by Robin, who fought a bit with Rahel and I was able to build gap. At the
end, it was only 1 second and it was my most nervous race in the season. Rain, dark and a lot of good experience. Happy to have won the 1st night race.
Jędrzej Szcześniak: – An intense weekend, although the 2nd race didn’t finish the way I dreamt of. I spun on the second corner and lost many places. I had a good pace so was able to overtake some drivers and finish 7th. Am I happy? Well, of course I’d like to be on the better place, but this is racing. I already can’t wait for