22 September 2003
Oschersleben ends in stewards' room.
"But both Matteo Bobbi and myself would like to dedicate this win to Marco Gadola, who is not here this weekend due to the death of his father. We would like to thank him for all his hard work. We did our best for him."
"The car went well, but it was a difficult race, and very hot," Bryner said of her time in the #21 car, "We had a problem in our second pit-stop, when the car wouldn't start, but, other than that, is was okay and we were very pleased to finish on the podium."
The podium result was good for the third of the Care Racing-entered cars, and Calderari insisted that the #21 could still fight for the title.
"We will continue to fight to see if we can win the championship," the Italian confirmed, "Bobbi and Biagi have a good lead, but we are not far behind. There are no team orders, and I think we will have some good races."
The #7 Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen was now fourth, with the #18 Zwaan's Racing Chrysler Viper fifth and the second GNM Saleen sixth. The Wieth Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello took a well-deserved two points for seventh.
"It was hard work out there today, but we feel we are definitely making progress, and that we might be actually getting ahead of ourselves," early frontrunner Erdos reported, "We're competitive, or thereabouts, and we have made good progress compared to Anderstorp. The trouble here was that the Viper was very strong in terms
of straight line speed, and we couldn't pass.
"My water temperature went all the way up to 98°, and I had to drop back to run in clean air for a while. Unfortunately, we then developed a misfire and had to contend with that throughout the rest of the race, which cost us a lot. But the team has done an excellent job to put us up here - the only thing we need to do is to get more running away from the track, to see what works before we get to the race meeting."
The #10 JMB Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello took its first point of the season - Christian Pescatori getting on the scoreboard at long last - having been running a competitive fifth for much of the race. However, the good run came to an end with a suspension failure, but this was still better news than that which befell the sister #9
car which, although fast throughout the weekend, failed to start the race after an engine problem in the warm-up.
"We had a brand-new engine for the warm-up this morning, but it broke and we couldn't even race," a dejected Philipp Peter said, "Our career with the 550 finished like it started, but we can now turn a page and we are all looking towards the future."
In N-GT, Andrea Bertolini, in the #52 JMB Racing Chrysler Viper, made a good start and, by lap three, had already put three GT cars between his Ferrari and the #50 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS, in third place.
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