Bill paid, 24h Barcelona mastered
After two retirements at two starts WTM Racing finally got rid of the “Barcelona curse”: At the 24 Hours of Barcelona 2019 the Ferrari 488 GT3 #22 “Luigi” crossed the finish line on position 7th overall. In the “A6-Pro” class Georg Weiss, Leonard Weiss, Jochen Krumbach, and Hendrik Still finished fourth.
Starting into the race from seventh position, the WTM Ferrari, by Rinaldi Racing, quickly made up positions in a strong field of 46 cars and moved up on fifth place. Among other things, WTM Racing mastered a short rain shower on late Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, the race took place in warm summer conditions and sunshine.
“Luigi” ran through without problems and minor touches on the track with other cars could not harm the Ferrari. However, WTM Racing lost time by a second change of brakes. Actually a change of the brakes is planned at the 24 hours of Barcelona only once, therefore the unscheduled stop cost valuable minutes. “We have to analyze why we had such high brake wear,” says Georg Weiss, team owner and driver in personal union.
With seventh place, WTM Racing ends the 2019 season of the 24h Series powered by Hankook – European Championship with a conciliatory result.
Quotes after the race
Georg Weiss (driver Ferrari 488 GT3 #22): “It’s nice that we settled the bill with Barcelona. We had a lot of fun; the car was fantastic to drive, the atmosphere in the team was great and everyone worked together perfectly. Only the unscheduled brake change and some minor incidents cost us time. A successful race”.
Leonard Weiss (driver Ferrari 488 GT3 #22): “Barcelona is definitely a beautiful circuit where I had a lot of fun. I was most satisfied with my performance, but I could have avoided a few mistakes. The team did a great job again. I think we can be satisfied with the result.”
Jochen Krumbach (driver Ferrari 488 GT3 #22): “We had a good speed and a pleasant car that always ran smoothly. A few minor incidents on the track set us back a bit, the fifth place would otherwise have been a realistic result. But we fought and clinched a good result. I’m satisfied”.
Hendrik Still (driver Ferrari 488 GT3 #22): “It was nice to sit again in the Ferrari of WTM Racing. We made a very good step in our setup and were really competitive. Of course, we would have wished for a podium finish, but the competition was extremely strong this time”.