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PROsport Performance: First pole position and first podium in the GT4 European Championship

PROsport Performance: First pole position and first podium in the GT4 European Championship

09.05.2019: GT4 European Series #2 @ Brands Hatch (England) Premiere for PROsport Performance: At the second round of the season at Brands Hatch, the team from Wiesemscheid, Germany, has conquered the first pole position and the first podium finish with Aston

GT4 European Series #2 @ Brands Hatch (England)



Premiere for PROsport Performance: At the second round of the season at Brands Hatch, the team from Wiesemscheid, Germany, has conquered the first pole position and the first podium finish with Aston Martin in the GT4 European Series. For Florian Thoma it was already the second pole position in the Vantage GT4 following his pole position in the ADAC GT4 Germany in Oschersleben. Together with Akhil Rabindra (India), the 23-year-old Swiss jumped onto second place on the podium in Sunday morning's first race at the 3.9-kilometer Grand Prix circuit south of London.



Team Manager Steve Buschmann: "Of course, we're proud to be on the podium with Aston Martin at the second round of the GT4 European Championship and to capture a pole position too. Congratulation to our drivers, all four of them have been really strong in Brands Hatch, and also our team worked perfectly."
 



In the orange-black #18 Vantage, Florian Thoma led the first race until the pit stop, where a position was lost. Then Akhil Rabindra had to defend his position against strong competition, but with strong nerves the 22-year-old defended second place successfully to the finish. David Griessner and team-mate Jérémy Sarhy in the white-and-black #19 also lost one position in an improper pit stop, but they could keep up the pace and crossed the finish line in fifth.



The second race on Sunday afternoon, entered by Rabindra from fourth and Sarhy from twelfth on the grid, went already unlucky during the opening lap. Rabindra received a drive-through penalty after a contact and a spin and dropped back to the end of the field, Sarhy was blocked on the outline and also lost a few positions.




In the following, both Rabindra/Thoma and Sarhy/Griessner, who each had a significantly better driver change in this race, showed a brilliant catch-up. While Rabindra/Thoma stormed up to ninth place in the end, Sarhy/Griessner lost the intermediate fifth place, because the 24-year-old Austrian received a drive-through penalty for breaching the so-called track limits, so they were finally ranked 17th.

   


 

Pole position and long lead: Florian Thoma/Akhil Rabindra in the #18 Vantage GT4.






Florian Thoma (#18
): "My second pole position in the third race with Aston Martin and for the first time on the podium - that's just great. In the second race we caught up very well after the incident in the opening lap and the penalty. Our car was awesome and it was a lot of fun to fight forward after the pit stop. Brands Hatch is a hammer track. I'm looking forward to the next race in early June in Paul Ricard."



Akhil Rabindra (#18):
"We were strong from practice to the last race lap. Our Aston Martin is running very well, I feel very comfortable in the cockpit, and teamwork is getting better and better. Defending second place in the first race was a tough job, but it was also fun. It was a very nice feeling to be on the podium with Florian (Thoma). It was just a shame that the start for the second race was a little bit unlucky, but after that we even made it into the top 10."




David Griessner (#19):
"I have mixed feelings and it's hard to judge the weekend. The conditions were sometimes difficult in qualifying, but we could have made a bit more out of that. In the first race, we lost some positions at the pit stop, and the mistake in the second race is clearly my fault hen I did not keep the track limits. The car was very fast on this track, but we did not do it perfectly."



Jérémy Sarhy (#19):
"In my view, it was a positive weekend. PROsport Performance has done an excellent job and presented us with an absolutely competitive car. In the starting lap for the second race I was blocked on the outside line and lost places. Our catching up was very good. We were really close to a podium finish. That is what we are going for next time.”




Uwe Baldes, Photo Credits: SRO / Chris Schotanus


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09.05.2019 / MaP

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