Datum: 12.04.2017 · Lamborghini Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia: A hard weekend for Carrie Schreiner
On the formula 1 circuit in Sepang, very close to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the pack of the 620 hp strong Lamborghini Hurracan ST bolides had their first performance in Asia. Among them the only female pilot and also youngest driver in the whole starter field from 17 different nations, the 18-year old Carrie Schreiner from Germany.
A hard weekend awaited the girl from the Saarland/Germany: “After the last race in Dubai I had to undergo an operation which was already long overdue and therefore I had to take a break for three weeks afterwards. Then there was only one week left to get relatively fit for Asia. Thus 35° degrees in the shade and an extremely high humidity in Sepang are not the best conditions!” said Carrie skeptically before the first free practice. Then there was the daily monsoon rain that permanently lurked over the race track. Also for the FFF Lamborghini Squadra Corse Team it was very difficult for them to find the right set up under those circumstances. Thus, they lagged a bit behind in the qualifying, Carrie in the stronger group on P9. Team partner Spike Goddard on P4 in group 2. The top times in the qualification were at about the same level as the fastest GT race cars from the Asian Blanc Pain series which took also place in Sepang. That underlines the high level of the professional drivers in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo!
In race 1 Carrie had a good start and won one position. Afterwards when she started another overtaking manoeuver there was a slight collision and the race amazon fell back to P14. Until the obligatory pit stop with driver change, Carrie could overtake 4 competitors and when being on position 10, she handed the car over to Spike Goddard. Meanwhile it had started to rain and the field had been mixed up completely. As usual the Australian drove a strong race and achieved a good 5th place in the last round. Then unfortunately a technical defect happened and he had to park the car.
In the second race Spike did the start turn and could keep his position until the driver change. In her outlap Carrie had already two of the fastest professionals behind her. However, she couldn’t keep that position of course, but afterwards she defended position 6 until the end of the race.
After the race, Carrie was happy to fly back to Germany finally:” It was the expected hard weekend. We did know that the Asian series would be considerably stronger than the one of the middle East. There were a lot of professional drivers that had taken part in all possible top series. But although there were a lot of problems, we would have achieved a good overall result if there hadn’t been the bad luck in the first round of the last race. I continuously learn a lot and know now what I have to expect at the next Asian race in Thailand. There the climate conditions will be similar. In the next few weeks I will focus on my fitness again and at the end of April tests in the car are planned. Afterwards there will be my first European race in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo in Silverstone/UK. After a long time, finally a familiar race circuit again! One week later there will be the race in Thailand already.