Andreas Wirth arrived home this weekend from the ADAC GT Masters race at Zandvoort with his first championship points of the 2012 season.
Together with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Andreas proved that their #27 Callaway Competition Corvette is quick, driving from nineteenth on the starting grid to seventh place. Despite their strong finish in race #2 Wirth couldn't help feeling robbed as he left the left the Netherlands since additional points and a trophy had been well within reach, but unfairly snatched from their grasp.
On Saturday, the Z06.R GT3 Callaway Competition Corvette driven by Wirth and Frentzen had been running third, and their first podium of2012 was in sight. Sadly though, the duo ended up empty-handed. With just ten laps to go Frentzen was knocked out of the competition by Porsche that was a lap down. While the Porsche appeared to be moving over to let the #27 by, he swerved back to the racing line and collided with Frentzen. Damage to the Corvette forced Frentzen to the pits where he had to park the car, destroying an exceptional run for the podium. Wirth was visibly angry and said, "Unfortunately, some drivers ignore the flags signalling them to get over for faster cars.And it's even worse when in some cases slower traffic isn't even shown the flag to move over. This is extremely disappointing - there's a big difference in points from a podium finish to a DNF - I don't even want to think about how many points we'd be sitting with right now."
Despite their disappointment, going into the second race, Wirth knew they'd need to keep a positive, fighting spirit. At the driver-change, Wirth took the wheel from Frentzen, who had managed to climb to eleventh place. Wirth fought hard during the second half and managed to overtake four opponents, crossing the line in a solid seventh place which earned the duo their first points of the 2012 season. "Having started from nineteenth place, climbing up to seventh - this is a decent result for us," Wirth said, "but I'm still not very happy - there were far too many incidents, and this just shouldn't be. I want to thank the whole Callaway team and Ernst Wöehr - everyone has been working tirelessly these past weeks, and they did a great job providing us with a perfectly prepared Corvette here at Zandvoort.We're all hoping for a trouble-free race at the Sachsenring in four weeks time, and with any luck we'll at last be rewarded with a podium finish."
The ADAC GT Masters take to the track again June 8-10 at the Sachsenring.