Andrew Palmer will conclude his maiden Blancpain Endurance Series campaign this weekend (September 19/20) when the championship heads to Germany for its season-ending round at the Nurburgring.
The three-hour contest will see the youngest member of the Lamborghini GT3 Junior Driver roster make his debut at the grand prix configuration of the track with the GRT Grasser Racing Team-run Huracán GT3, which he shares with Fabio Babini and Jeroen Mul.
Despite the pressure of racing for the first time at such a historic venue, the 21 year-old Californian is eager to acquire some hands-on experience in Germany after a productive summer break.
“I’ve raced at the Nurburgring many times on video games,” enthused Palmer, “but I haven’t done it for real before. Video games are never as enjoyable as the real thing!
“Being such a well-known track I’m excited to take it on for the first time. After completing a programme of fitness training and simulator work during the summer break I feel very well prepared for the challenge, so I’m raring to get back in the car and race again.”
Following recent confirmation of the #19 crew’s victory at the season opener in Monza, the Spyder Active Athlete will be looking to fully exploit the car’s potential and finish his 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series campaign with a strong result.
“The guys in the team are in high spirits after hearing that our win in Monza has been confirmed,” explained the Pomona College student. “A morale boost always helps people perform at their best, so it’s important that we ride the wave of momentum and take it into the weekend.
“With this being the final round of the season we can put all our energy into getting the most out of the car and go on full attack, just as we did in Italy. Working with Lamborghini Squadra Corse as a Factory Junior GT3 driver in my first season racing in Europe has been incredible. Fabio and Jeroen along with our team-mates in the #63 car will certainly be pushing to try and round out the year with another win for them!
“Our car is new for this year so we’ve had to learn a lot, but the team has done a good job in developing it throughout the season. We had a solid package for the race in Spa which all of us could work well with, so I feel we can really build on that.
“We’ve seen that the car has the pace to be competitive at the front, especially with our performance in Monza, so hopefully we can get a decent result in Germany and end the season on a high.”
The 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series finale will be shown live on Motors TV across Europe this Sunday (September 20) from 14:15 local time. Live streaming and timings will also be available at www.blancpain-gt-series.com .
2015 iRacing.com GT500 schedule
Saturday 19 September:Free practice: 11:05-12:35Pre-qualifying: 16:15-17:45
Sunday 20 September: Qualifying: 08:30-09:30Race: 14:45-17:45
All times are local