“Approaching the weekend I was so excited to be back racing for real but I prepared well on the SIM and learnt the general layout of the track.
On arrival at the fabulous Paul Ricard Circuit we had a chance to walk the circuit which is situated in the hills of the Sainte-Baume region north of the seaside town of Bandol. I was surprised to see a lot of the curbs and sausage curbs were still there and there and there was a lot of grip laid down by the rubber from the European Le Mans Series cars in free practise. This gave Simon and myself a lot more confidence to push the car to the limit and with our preparation done we were looking forward to the weekend ahead.
Free Practice FP1 and FP2
After a slight technical issue, we started to make good progress and set just one proper fast lap. But the feeling in the car was not great. I handed the car over to Simon and he climbed through the field pretty quickly and in the end we both improved our times a lot and felt pretty confident going into qualifying with high expectations.
Race 1 Saturday.
I never have pushed so hard in a race to try and extend the gap which I did, I cut 18 seconds out in 13 laps which was very satisfying but difficult at the sane time.
We had a solid pit stop but unfortunately the time penalty was not served properly and an extra time penalty was given to us. Simon went out and pushed really hard and gave it everything he had. He was improving and we knew it would a really tight finish. But everything changed when the safety car came out in front of our rivals which gave us an opportunity to catch up and close the gap a lot. The safety car pulled in with 3 minutes to go and Simon pushed as hard as he could to take our first podium of the season and a solid P3.
We were so happy of the result with so much hard work done, but the work never stops and our main goal is the win.
Race 2 Saturday
My thanks go to the team for all of their hard work and I look forward to the next round in Motorland Aragon in Spain on 25-26 August.” – Max Mayer