Echo of thunder at the Lausitzring


August 28th, 2012

Good progress by YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer with the Chevrolet Camaro GT in the ADAC GT Masters: At the second “home match” of the team from Saxony at the Lausitzring near Dresden, the Camaro GT made further progress and achieved it’s best result of the season so far. In the second of two heats at the Lausitzring on Sunday, Max Sandritter and Philip Geipel missed only briefly a top-20 finish in the 40 car strong grid of the ADAC GT Masters and finished 21st. YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer entered only one Camaro GT in the sixth round of the series at Germany’s easternmost racetrack.

On the “most American” of all ADAC GT Masters racetrack, the Lausitzring, which is surrounded by a high-speed oval, the U.S. muscle car again made a leap. “The development is not standing still, we’ve just made significant progress with the brake performance this weekend”, team boss Uwe Geipel said with satisfaction. „We are now able to brake at the braking points, where also our competitors brake. This was previously not the case. The progress is there, but as we know, also our competitions don’t sleep.”

In Sunday’s race, the Camaro GT thrilled the fans on the monumental grand stands of the Lausitzring therefore not only with V8-rumble, but also with a strong race. Starting from 29th, starting driver Philip Geipel drove in the first half of the race in the top-20, before Max Sandritter brought the Camaro GT eventually in 21st position to the finish line. “A small electrical problem cost us at the pit stop exactly seven seconds, and thus a position”, Philip Geipel said after the race. “Otherwise, the car ran well and smoothly from start to finish.”

In Saturday’s first race, Sandritter and Geipel were denied a possible good result. Sandritter had a very good start. From starting position 31, the 23-year-old went up to position 23 during the opening laps of the race. But then the Camaro slipped into the gravel bed due to a puncture. Two laps were lost to recover the Camaro from the gravel, thus Sandritter/Geipel decided to call it a day. “The puncture was too bad, because after the good start by Max, we had all chances to score a good result”, said Uwe Geipel.

YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer started at the Lausitzring only with one Camaro GT. Charlie Geipel and Achim Winter had to miss the race. “We had an engine failure at the car of Charlie and Achim at the Red Bull Ring and when we checked the engine of Max and Philip in our shop, this engine had similar not very encouraging signs. As we had only one spare engine and no second one available, as the engines are coming from the United States, we had to make the really though decision which car to give the fresh engine”, Uwe Geipel explained the absence of the second car.

At the next round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring in three weeks, YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer expects to make another step forward.