Walkenhorst Motorsport’s Ben Tuck had a blast this morning when he did the restart in the #74 BMW M4 GT4 to race together with the fastest drivers in the SP8T class. Ben, who shares the car with Jörg Breuer, Dirk-Tobias Wahl and Sami-Matti Trogen, is now looking to Trogen to finish the race and bring home the result.
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Ben Tuck: “I took the first stint this morning when the race restarted – that was pretty cool! The first couple of laps were very tricky, very slippery with lots of standing water which as we found out yesterday and last night is not great for the BMW compared to the other cars in our class.
“Unfortunately, after the night stint we were a couple of laps down so I knew we weren’t really chasing for position but I still put a good stint in to show what we can do when things go right for us, that was the aim.
“I started six or seven cars behind the other car in our team, the #73 BMW Junior car, and I could also see the Aston Martin in our class another three or four cars ahead of that. I lost them all at the start unfortunately as I got stuck behind another car for half a lap and couldn’t get around him. Once I did got ‘round him I started to make up the time again and caught up with the #73. I overtook them and we had a really nice stint us two following each other nose to tail for the next five laps, that was really cool.
“On the last lap we also caught up with and overtook the Aston Martin – which I believe Jonny Adam was driving, I’m not too sure, but if it was that’s a really cool feeling to race with someone that experienced and catch and overtake them. That’s nice for us and it shows that as the track started to get a little bit drier with not so much standing water anymore, the BMW is not so bad! It’s just when there’s lots of rain, that’s when we’re struggling.
“For the rest of the race, our Am drivers got their time in so they’re all done for the regulations and we all have got the amount of laps that we need to do – the red flag made that quite complicated. Sami-Matti will go to the finish, that’s what we’re looking for now!”
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