Marek Böckmann is going for a three-year winning streak in class this year, having won the SP10/GT4 class of the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2019 with Black Falcon and again last year in SP-PRO. Having changed teams to SchnitzelAlm Racing for 2021, if the team’s VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series performances in the past months are any indication, that uninterrupted winning streak is a very real possibility for Marek, who shares the #34 SchnitzelAlm Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 with Marcel Marchewicz, Reinhold Renger and Tim Neuser.
After 31 laps, Marek is P3 in SP10/GT4 and P35 overall.
Marek Böckmann: “I’m back at my camper now just across the street because we have a red flag until 7am and the team said I have to go to sleep to get enough time to relax a little bit, so it’s really good that we have the camper. It’s a big advantage, I have to say, so I think for the next 20 years I will always have to see that I get one for the race! It’s really nice, just walk 5 minutes and you are there. You have everything: a bed, kitchen, you can take a shower. It’s really nice, it has warm water so everything is fine.
“We had a really tricky start of the race because of the changing conditions. No one could say how the weather would develop, all the weather channels we had were wrong and we had the problem that we pitted one lap too early and switched to slick tyres and then one lap it later it started to rain like cats and dogs so it was really hard. We had to switch back to rain tyres and then we were 2 seconds too fast in the pit lane and had to serve a penalty. So, we lost two or three minutes just at the beginning of the race which was really shit but it can happen so fast. I wouldn’t say it was someone’s fault, there were just so many things that came together in that moment.
“Then we said, OK now we have to get back the time that we lost in this period of the race. Marcel drove the start, did a double stint, and then I drove the next double stint. We then said, we now just have to push and do everything to get the gap back.
“I think my stint was pretty good. I could close the gap almost completely and at the end we just had 15 seconds left to the leading car when we had the red flag. The guys are checking the car and everything is prepared for tomorrow. Everyone will get some sleep and be fit tomorrow.
“We have to see if it will be dry or wet in the morning because I think there will be a big possibility that the track will be damp because of the fog. It sits down on the tarmac and it’s not a lot of water, but it’s really, really slippery, so I think the first hour will be quite interesting to watch. Marcel will do the restart and then I will be the second driver, my stint will be from 8 to 9 o’ clock.”
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