The Reiter Engineering driver was in the lead in the first session of the Prototype Cup Germany at the Nürburgring. Tight field promises high tension for the race weekend.
Photos: ADAC, Creventic
- Mads Siljehaug
Mads Siljehaug (26/NOR, Reiter Engineering) was unbeatable in the first free practice session of the Prototype Cup Germany at the Nürburgring. In the Ligier JS P320, the Norwegian lapped the 3.629 kilometre track in exactly 1:21.178 minutes. "Of course it's nice to start a race weekend with a best time right away," said Siljehaug, who shares the car with Freddie Hunt (35/GBR). "However, the session was first about getting to know the track and adjusting our set-up. Thus, we want to improve even more in the second free practice."
Teammate Hunt is also looking forward to his debut in the championship organised by ADAC and Creventic. "It's been a long time since I last raced at the Nürburgring. I haven't driven the sprint circuit at all," explains the son of the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion. "The first session went quite well so far. Mads and I work great as a driving team. We are optimistic."
With a gap of 0.025 seconds, second place in the first free practice session went to Oscar Tunjo (26/COL) and Mateo Villagomez (19/ECU, both Rinaldi Racing) in the Duqueine D08. Behind them came the Ligier of championship leaders Berkay Besler (23/TUR) and Marvin Dienst (25/Lampertheim, both Toksport WRT), 0.474 seconds back. The two Duqueines of Gary Hauser (30/LUX) and Sebastian von Gartzen (29/Butzbach, both Racing Experience) as well as Matthias Lüthen (41/Hamburg) and Donar Munding (20/Stuttgart, both Mühlner Motorsport) completed the top five.
On Friday, the second free practice of the Prototype Cup Germany will take place at the Nürburgring. On Saturday and Sunday there will be a race of about one hour each. "Our goal is to finish on the podium. That's why we came to the Nürburgring. But the competition is strong. So let's wait and see how the race weekend develops," explains Siljehaug.