#101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 driver Ben Tuck makes his GT3 debut in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. Sharing the Bayern machine with experienced and highly skilled Christian Krognes, David Pittard and Jörg Müller, the talented young Brit comes in on the back of two years of GT4 experience at the Nordschleife.
After a tumultuous first stint, Ben is currently in P27, 2 laps down.
Ben Tuck: “Our race so far hasn’t been terrible – it could’ve been a lot worse! Unfortunately, we had a small incident in the first stint, in one of those corners where three or four cars all went off, and unfortunately we were one of those who came off worse. It looks like there was some oil down on that corner, so it wasn’t a misjudgement from David. It definitely wasn’t his fault, there was certainly something on the track because the Lambo went off, then the two cars next to it all put a wheel on the grass and then David was caught out as well.
“It was a little bit unfortunate as we lost two laps after that incident, but the car is all good now and we could carry on – it’s a very long race.
“I then did my stint and we were one of the first cars back out on slicks instead of wets after that roll of pitstops. My first couple of laps, I have to admit, I was taking it super, super easy. I wasn’t massively confident in those conditions to push too hard. It’s obviously my first year in the GT3 and the first time in those conditions in a GT3, I just wasn’t too confident, to be honest.
“After a couple of laps when it dried out it built up my confidence, built up my pace. I did a double stint and the second half of my stint I’m really happy with. The pace was comparable with the other guys, but I basically had to spend my time getting out of the way of the leaders whenever they came past. But, still, I’m happy I still got some laps in.
“As soon as I got out of the car, one lap later the red flag came out. It’s really unfortunate because it obviously means we have less time now in the race to make up some ground.
“At the time that they red-flagged it, it was a bit touch-and-go. I was thinking, come on, we can carry this on. But now, one hour after the red flag, there’s so much fog, it’s definitely the right decision to make – it’s really unfortunate.
“We’ll wait for the restart in the morning and hopefully we can have a good race. Who knows if we’ll ever get those two laps back or not, but it doesn’t really matter, we can still use it as good testing and preparation for NLS for the rest of the year.”
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