Karun Chandhok 11th at 2013 FIA GT series Nogaro opener
Karun Chandhok came in 11th at the FIA GT series opener after getting hit from behind during opening round of FIA GT series. Chandhok and his team mate Jan Seyffarth had a great weekend as they managed to come in 6th during the qualification round driving a Mercedes SLS. He said, “I am really pleased with the result as it is great for the team to be in the points in only their first race. Today is the first day that I got to drive in the dry as it has been wet the whole weekend. The race went really well for us even though we had a problem during our pitstop which cost us close to 15 seconds. We will definitely practice our pit stops in warm-up tomorrow as the team is very new. The team worked really hard for this result and we hope there is more to come tomorrow.”
After being hit by Stippler which cost the Seyffarth Motorsport team to slide down 5 places, Chandhok was optimistic as ever and hoped that after a few more laps, the team would be in shape to contest for podium finishes. Rain and sun did a very great job during the opening race of the FIA GT series. The morning warm up session saw a bout of heavy rain which left drivers struggling for grip on the track. After starting in 6th place, Karun did well to climb up to 9th place; however, Frank Stippler nudged him from behind causing Chandhok to slip down to 16th place before he showed resilience and determination to climb back to the 11th spot.
Incidentally this is the first race for Chandhok in GT series and for the Seyffarth Motorsport team. April 21st will see start of the next race at Zolder, Belgium. Chandhok said, “It is a shame that I got hit by Stippler which cost us more than 5 places. He came and apologized but we lost the opportunity of a good finish. I was really struggling for grip in the early part of the race but we got more experience in the wet and we have some useful data about the tyres for next time around. We got a few more points so overall a good start for the team this weekend, who have done a great job for their first race in the FIA GT Series. I think we can fight for podiums this season after a little more track time. The next round in Zolder will be tricky again but after that I feel we should be right up there battling with the top guys.”