2013 will remain as an unexampled year in our memories. As we started this season we never ever expected such a course. Last race weekend at Mantorp Park raceway the successes culminated in winning all available titles in the series we participated in. But one thing at a time…
Qualifying: Swedish GT
In the early stages of the race weekend all practice sessions went quite well without any technical issues, the achieved laptimes were quite promising for the qualifying and the race. As we headed to the qualifying session we managed to climb up in the top spot of the time sheets, maintaining P1 till close to the end of the session. We achieved our laptime on old tires, considering the time we quit using new tires and heading out again.
But our close rival in the other Audi R8 LMS sent Daniel Roos out on new tires. Roos, known as a very fast driver with JB Motorsport in the final races of the Blancpain Endurance Championship 2012, managed to top our time in the very last lap. So we had to start „only“ from P2, but in the front row.
Race: Swedish GT
We decided Christer to start the race. He did great and was able to overtake Daniel Roos, who drove the start for Alfab Racing in their Audi R8 LMS, for P1! Nevertheless Roos was able to stay in touch with Christer and after about 8 laps Roos was able to overtake Christer again. The two drivers showed hard, but great and most important: fair racing, entertaining the crowds on the stands.
As the mandatory pitstop came closer the safetycar we summoned on the track after an hard accident of one of our rivals. First we decided to stay behind Daniel Roos as we expected Jan to be faster than the second driver of Alfab Racing, but then we, as a team, changed our mind and called Christer for a pitstop in the safetycar period. Retrospectively this was the wrong decision and our mistake which cost us the pretty sure race victory.
After the pitstops and the already finished safety car period we had a gap of 17 seconds to the leading Audi of Alfab Racing. Jan was able to reduce the gap to the leader to about 10 seconds, but behind our car the Ferrari of Kari Mäkinen/Hampus Rydma became bigger and bigger in the mirrors. We knew that the third spot on the podium would be enough to secure the team championship, so Jan took it easy and let the Ferrari through.
In the end we ended up third in the race but which is much more important: after Jan being already crowned as the champion, Christer was safe as second best driver behind Jan and JB Motorsport won the teams championship in Swedish GT 2013, too!
Race: Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia
Not to forget about Jan’s participation at the Porsche Carrera Cup Race. After winning some races in class earlier this year, he finished twice third on the podium in both races, which made Jan Brunstedt Porsche Carrera Cup Champion in Class B in 2013!
So now we can officially call us TRIPLE CHAMPIONS 2013!
But the year is not over yet: there are some more events to come, f.e. the official price giving of Audi Sport Customer Racing in Neckarsulm which we are really looking forward too!