High hopes, small yield

The third time is frequently the charm – but for FACH AUTO TECH’s third race-weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, this was not the case. Despite promising pace in both races, the team wasn’t able to reach the aspired podium.

“This weekend was a real challenge. Our guys arrived with ardent motivation and of course we had high hopes. Therefore, it’s all the more disappointing that we couldn’t get more out of it,” team manager Alex Fach reflects. “There were, however, also a few positives in Spielberg. Seeing the return of the fans was one of them. It was great to have people in the stands again.”

Spurred on by 3,000 spectators on site, local hero Christopher Zöchling shone with great fighting spirit. The first of the two runs saw the Austrian deliver close wheel-to-wheel duels and thus ensuring exciting scenes. In the end, the 33-year-old finished seventh.

In race two, which was held on Sunday, Zöchling was heading for another top 10 result. But after contact with an opponent, his car was sent spinning. “What a bitter pill to swallow,” admits the Leoben native. “I’ve already been on the podium twice this season and I want to be there again. The collision at the end didn’t help. The whole thing was particularly trying for me to endure because the car felt better than the day before.”

Sandro Kaibach also had a great feeling at the wheel of the 510-hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. But despite strong pace, the 23-year-old struggled with another problem: “It’s quite difficult to overtake here, because outside the actual racing line the tyres quickly lose grip,” said Kaibach, who finished 13th and in the points.

Christof Langer was the third FACH AUTO TECH driver to fight for points in Spielberg. Among other things, the focus was on duels against Ahmad Alshehab. “Again, I enjoyed every minute on track and I’m now already looking forward to the next race weekend,” said the amateur driver.

Christof Langer and his teammates won’t have to wait long for that. Only one week after the guest appearance at the Red Bull Ring, the next races are scheduled in Monza, Italy.