July 15th, 2012
The fourth race weekend of ADAC GT Masters came to be a tough one for Edward Sandström.
– In the first race we took a chance with slicks on the drying track, but had a crash instead of success. In the second race we got two penalties and lost the podium finish due to them.
Edward Sandström was hoping for bad weather, which would be a lucky charm for driver duo Sandström/Mies in the Prosperia UHC Speed Audi R8 LMS. Previous races have proven the car to be very quick in the wet, which Sandström used for example in fantastic drive through the field in the premiere of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza. But this weekends weather was unlucky in the ADAC GT Masters.
– We took a chance by putting on the slicks quite early in race one on Saturday, when the track was drying. But the rain got worse and my team mate Christopher Mies crashed.
In race two on Sunday they started seventh on the grid. Mies got up to a fourth place before the pitstop and driver change to Sandström who was driving the second stint. The pitstop with driver change has to take a certain time, according to the rules of the ADAC GT Masters. Prosperia UHC Speed was unfortunately quicker than that, and car no 21 with Sandström and Mies received a penalty, and then another one due to one of the mechanics being to quick to the car during the pitstop. One stop and go and one drive through put them on a final 14th place.
– That was very unfortunate since we were racing for a certain podium finish. The car was quicker today than it was yesterday. Very stable in the heavy rain, but also quick on drying track, Sandström says.