Class podium for Owens
British drivers Raoul Owens, Seb Morris, Hunter Abbott and German Thomas Hetzer claimed class podium at Nürburgring-Nordschleife during six-hour race for the ADAC Qualification with Walkenhorst Motorsport. Owens was the team’s fastest driver in the evening qualifying session, lapping seventh in class, after choosing to go last in order to gain some experience of night-time running at the Nordschleife prior to next month’s 24 Hour race.
Going on to take the first stint in the race, he progressed nicely into the top four at the wheel of the BMW 235i and during the next two stints – Abbott and Morris – the squad stayed in contention for the podium. Hetzer took the final stint, wrapping-up a richly deserved third place in Cup5, and in the overall classification the Walkenhorst quartet placed 36th out of 100 entries.
“Overall the weekend couldn’t have gone much better”, said Owens, “In qualifying I got my first experience of night driving, I opted to go last for my stint so I could get a feel of the night before the 24 hour and I managed to do our fastest lap which put us seventh on the grid in class. For the race I was the first driver in the car and had a very solid run. I had a nice clean start, made up some positions, set quick lap times, had a good battle and brought the car in for my stop from fourth place – overall it was very good. From there my team-mates were nice and consistent which kept us in the hunt. It came down to the last hour where we knew we had a good shot of a podium finish. The last driver in the car, Thomas, did a great job to bring the car home and take a well-deserved third place. It was a great team effort and great to come away with a strong result leading into the 24 hour race. I’m looking forward to taking on an even bigger challenge next time out!”