Rivals keep getting closer to winning Heidorn
• Kris Heidorn takes 6th and 7th win of the season during the 4th round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup at Brands Hatch
• We witnessed a great pace by Guest drivers – Rahel Frey and Maximilian Paul, who join the German on podium
After a two month break the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup returned to rivalry.
This time the whole grid was present at British Brands Hatch venue, which returned to DTM calendar after a 5 year absence.
It was quite unusual for the racing weekend to start on Saturday and it meant quite a busy schedule not only for drivers, but also mechanics working with R8 LMS GT4 Audis. Instead of two practice sessions, we only had one, but longer than usual. Kris Heidorn, the leader of the cup, took the 1st time in the morning. He beats second fastest Rahel Frey known from DTM races. Bartosz Paziewski with third time was the fastest among all the Poles. Just behind him we saw Mike Hesse, Maximilian Paul and Berndt Schneider’s son – Patrick. Hungarian Vivien Keszthelyi was 7th, beating Robin Rogalski, Max Zschuppe and the last from top 10 – Guido Heinrich.
The weather conditions at Brands Hatch were not typically English on Saturday – it was quite hot and sunny. It turned out to be positive for Kris Heidorn in qualifying session once again, as he beat Maximilian Paul and Rahel Frey to grab pole position. Polish drivers were also quick, topping the timesheets in Rookie class. Mike Hesse was 6th, just in front of Jędrzej Szczesniak, Patrick Schneider, Vivien Keszthelyi and
Guido Heinrich, the fastest in B class.
The first race at Brands Hatch was a true rollercoaster with drivers fighting and switich positions a lot. It wasn’t the case for Kris Heidorn, who led the entire pack from start to finish. Female driver Rahel Frey took 2nd, beating 3rd Maximilian Paul. It was quite an extraordinary race for Jędrzej Szcześniak, who managed to avoid any trouble and finished just behind the podium. Mike Hesse closed the top 5, beating Patrick Schneider and Vivien Keszthelyi. It was a very unlucky ride for two Polish drivers Robin Rogalski and Bartosz Paziewski, who both had a puncture and lost chances for a good result. Paziewski didn’t finish the rivalry, stopping his car on track and causing a safety car period.
On Sunday the weather conditions changed and it felt more like in Britain than the day before. Nevertheless, the rain didn’t came, so drivers used slick Hankook tires during the entire day.
In the morning we had one of the closest qualifying finishes in the short history of the cup – Heidorn took pole position just 0,239 seconds in front of Paul and Frey, who were divided by only 0,044 seconds. Bartosz Paziewski took 4th, but was disqualified for not obtaining to red flag rules during his lap. This meant the highest starting position in his career for Robin Rogalski, who overtook Mike Hesse, Vivien Keszthelyi, Patrick Schneider and Jędrzej Szcześniak.
Sunday’s race start was perfect for Kris Heidorn, who finished the first lap as a leader. Just behind his back we saw a great battle between Maximilian Paul and Rahel Frey. After tons of manouvers the German crossed the finish line before his Swiss colleague. Robin Rogalski though hard with Vivien Keszthelyi, who managed overtake the Pole after 20 minutes of rivalry. Patrick Schneider finished 6th, leaving Mike Hesse and Jędrzej Szcześniak behind his back. Top 10 was closed by Max Zschuppe and Guido Heinrich, while Bartosz Paziewski’s luck didn’t turn into his favour. His tire blew once again, leaving him at the end of the field. The next round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup will be held at Italian circuit Misano at August 24th-26th.
Kris Heidorn: – Today was very hard, first ten laps the guys and Rahel were quite close to me, but not close enough to overtake. Paul made a mistake and it allowed me to increase my lead. I knew the race was coming so I had to keep focus, but 2 minutes before the end the safety car came out and I already knew I will bring the
result home. We still have four races to go, so I am not thinking about the title yet.
Rahel Frey: – I didn’t expect that close battle, but really enjoyed it. It was an intense 2nd race at Brands Hatch, as we had a great, precise battle without any contact or damages. This is what we want to see in racing. It was a pleasure and honor for me to join the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup grid and I hope I will be able to return here in the future.
Maximilian Paul: – I am very happy with this result, I could fight with Rahel and stay in the back of Kris, put some pressure on him, so this is good. I am happy not only with the result, but also lap times I did. I don’t know if and when I will be able to return to Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup grid, but I hope soon enough.
Robin Rogalski: – So, the 4th round of Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup has finished. It was an amazing visit to Brands Hatch not only because historical value of this circuit. Summer break turned out to be a good point for me – I had a very good pace and was losing only 0,6-0,7 seconds to this year’s pacesetter Kris Heidorn. I had a great race today too. During the first 20 minutes I defended my position against Vivien Keszthelyi, at the same time saving my tires in quite good conditio. Unfortunately, the Hungarian driver decided to attack me 10 minutes before the end and… well it wasn’t clean. On turn number 4 she slided inside my car, hit me, and damaged by car, overtaking me. It was quite an optimistic manouver to be honest. But – this is racing. I will remember only the positives. Today I was 5th, so it’s not bad either. Next round in 2 weeks time in Misano!
Jędrzej Szcześniak: – It was a very tough race and our pace during the 1st day at Brands Hatch was much better than on Sunday. I couldn’t find a good rythm to fight with my colleagues, nevertheless I am happy with the progress and pace. Still – 8th place on Sunday isn’t a bad result. In 2 weeks time we see each other at Misano, I already can’t wait the new „night racing” experience