Datum: 13.02.2017 · Lamborghini Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East: Carrie Schreiner reached the podium after her first GT race
Everything was new for the 18-year old German race girl Carrie Schreiner. The car, the team, the race track, a team mate in the same cockpit, a pit stop with driver change, an outlap under race conditions, a flying start and even a night race under floodlight. Although the place on the podium hadn’t really been expected, Carrie had to face some problems on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi - maybe the nicest race circuit worldwide.
On Wednesday, it started perfectly, in her fastest round in the 2nd free practice the race girl form the Saarland was only 1,6 seconds behind the top in the unfamiliar 620 hp strong Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. At the night practice on Thursday she suffered a big setback. After a highspeed crash at about 270 km/h on the back straight, she ended up in the stack of tyres. The reason for this was a defective break. Carrie had the presence of mind to bring her racer to turn and thus the crash was “only” at about 100 hp! Feeling completely unsecure she started into the qualifying on Saturday and thus wasn’t able to repeat her performance she had shown in the free practice session. The consequence was position 11 for the 2nd race.
In race 1 her team mate, the 24-years old former formula 1 test driver Spike Goddard, started from the second place. The Australian was able to keep this position clearly and presented an outstanding performance. Carrie was on position three when she came out of the pit lane and could defend the place on the podium until the end.
“Our driver change hasn’t been perfect yet and thus we lost about 3 seconds. Furthermore, I was too careful with my outlap, as I was afraid that my break could overheat again like it did on the day before. Without these two problems, we would have reached place 2 at least. But that just belongs to my learning process.”
In race 2 Carrie did the start turn, won two positions and then handed the steering wheel over to Spike Goddard being on P9. He showed a strong performance again and reached a good 5th place.
Carrie Schreiner’s conclusion after her first GT event: “In the 2nd race I could have pushed more, but my FFF Lamborghini Squadra Corse team didn’t want me to run a risk. Everything was new for me and I had a super start at the first two free practice sessions. Unfortunately, the highspeed crash had thrown me a bit off my balance. However, it’s very great that we were able to reach the podium. Furthermore, I noticed that I have a strong team mate who I can learn a lot from. Now I am looking forward to the second race weekend in Dubai where I would like to improve further. Hopefully without such an incident!”