CoRe With Double Podium At Nürburgring!
The third round of the 2018-2019 Sports Car Open series was held at the Nürburgring for a four hours race. CoRe SimRacing was competing with their three line-ups including Maxime Pauly and Santeri Kallunki in the PC class, Marius Golombeck and Marco Nesi in the first and Janne Kiuru with Thomas Arends in the second GTE Ford. Despite traffic incidents nearly claimed a lot of lives in that race again, all three CoRe entries brought home promising results – the CoRe HPD entry came in 2nd with both CoRe GTE’s in 3rd and 6th in class.
The CoRe HPD squad has a tough contender to deal with – AVA Vervatic’s strong line-up made the CoRe PC guys start behind them in 2nd position. In the other class, Marius was able to qualify in P2 while Thomas only could maintain a 10th position on the grid. After the race was green Thomas immediately attacked the cars in front of him. He was able to gain a couple of positions to compensate his moderate qualification time. Thomas finished his double stint in P5 after he gave over to Janne. Marius and Marco showed great pace and could advance to 3rd in the complete four hours race distance. Santeri and Maxime lost the gap to the leaders by lacking a little bit of pace plus additional bad luck with traffic management. It was pretty demanding throughout the race – it cost Janne a top five position after he was fighting for the 4th place towards the end. Nevertheless the result was very satisfying for the team and it brought valueable points.
Santeri and Maxime had to confess : “Our qualy was good but not much to improve, AVA is just really good. The race was pretty hectic traffic wise, but other than that it was solid – started and finished in 2nd.” Marius and Marco also gave a great interview to RaceSpot : “We are pretty glad that everyone of us finished the race and got great points out of it. The weather was tricky but we sorted it out very well. We’re looking forward towards the rest of the season. If we continue like this it looks promising, we’ll see and we try to focus and improve us much as we can.” The next race will be at COTA for another four hours race. The RaceSpot broadcast of this race can be found here.