Starting 2023 with a bang, an absolute highlight. 😊 Extremely happy to announce that I will race at this years 24h Dubai 🏁🇦🇪 I will drive a 585 PS strong Audi R8 LMS GT3 🚗 and fight for the overall victory together with the @haas.rt team and along Frédéric Vervisch, Maxime Soulet, Mathieu Detry and Olivier Bertels.
A dream comes through. 😊 Since the middle of October I have prepared really hard, several sessions in the simulator and several hours in the gym per day. 💪🏼 Now I feel in the shape of my life and can‘t wait for the race to start. 😄✌🏼
You can watch it live on You Tube starting with the Free Practise Session on Friday to the 24h race from Saturday noon CET to Sunday noon CET. 📺
Support me 😉!
Unterstützt mich 😉!
For more infos you can also check my latest press release. ..
Watch the 24H Series Dubai full mini documentary for free directly on the 24H Series channel
Current results from 24H Series Dubai can be found here
Here you can follow the positions of the drivers live
Here all statistics from 24H Series Dubai
Autograph cards are ready
Beautiful view! ✈👀💪👍
Sightseeing through a taxi window
Dubai, Burj Khalifa
Not too bad out of a driving car.
Dubai, Museum of the Future
Back at one my favourite tracks in the world 😀
Absolute Speechless! That feeling to be finally back in a racecar 😄 and then driving with a GT3 around one of my favourite circuits! 🚗💨 But still along way ahead of us. We will continue working hard. Tomorrow first technical scrutineering, then driver change practise and finally the parade on the First Avenue. ✌🏼🏁
One of the greatest things to do. 😊 Making kids smile by making photos with them and giving autographs. ❤️ Enjoyed every minute of it! Here are some nice pics from our first avenue parade today!
I LOVE IT! ❤️
Feel the need, the need for speed! 🚗💨
Racing through Dubai night! 😉🇦🇪
You can watch the qualifying on YouTube.
Night Practice & Night Qualifying Sessions
What a heartbreaker today💔 After an fantastic day Qualifying we were overall P2🏁 We looked forward for a big showdown in Night Quali for Pole Position. But unfortunately due to technical issues we couldn’t compete in it. This means instead of the fantastic starting position and view from the front (Pic 1) we will have a lot of traffic in front of us (Pic 2). But we will have 24 hours to turn the tables. Huge shout out to @haas.rt and @audisport for all the hard work and support! They will fix the car overnight and then we will leave our heart outside tomorrow and go for it all!!! Everyone else should better check their mirrors!😉 Haas RT and Audi Sport für die harte Arbeit und Unterstützung! Sie werden das Auto über Nacht reparieren und dann werden wir unser Herz morgen draußen lassen und alles geben!!! Alle anderen sollten besser ihre Spiegel überprüfen!😉
14. January! Race! 🏁
3 hours past and we're driving in position 1 🙏
Wish us some Good Luck 🍀
24h Dubai 🏎 Top 3
15. January End of Race! 🏁
There we have it - 5th place 🏁
Many thanks to the Haas RT team, to all our supporters, mechanics, engineers and drivers! ❤️
Congratulations to the winners🏆: Team WRT (1st and 3rd places) and Herberth Motorsport (2nd place), as well as the class winners: FACH AUTO TEC (class 992), Dragon Racing (GT4), razoon-more than racing (GTX) and AC Motorsport (TCR).
Thank you very much, Haas RT Team! ❤️
Thanks for everythings guys! Amazing job! Unfortunately we didn`t have the necessary race luck you need to go to the podium. The pace was definitely there!
Ich möchte nach allem, was in der letzten Woche passiert ist, ein paar persönliche Worte loswerden. Zunächst einmal war es ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl für mich zurück auf der Rennstrecke zu sein, nachdem ich fast 2,5 Jahre nicht mehr in einem Rennwagen gesessen oder gefahren bin. Und dann sogar in einem GT3-Auto! Es gab viele Leute, die nicht mehr daran geglaubt haben, mich auf einer Rennstrecke wiederzusehen. Aber im Leben geht es nicht darum aufzugeben, es geht darum, stark zu bleiben, den Glauben am Leben zu erhalten und auf den Hauch einer Chance zu warten und dann bereit zu sein und diesen zu nutzen.
Just wanted to drop a few personal words after everything that happened in the last week. First of all after not driving or even sitting in a race car for almost 2,5 years, it was so huge for me to be finally back and then even in a GT3 car! There were a lot of guys who didn’t believe in seeing me again on a race track. But life is not about giving up it is about staying strong, keeping the faith alive and waiting for the small glimpse of a chance and then be ready and go for it. From the get go I felt good and with every session and every meter driven in the car I felt more confident and could improve my lap time step by step. At the final practice before Qualifying I was very quick and I am very proud of my performance. Nevertheless I still take some work with and want to be even better the next time out in a race car. I hope it will be soon. We are working hard for this behind the scenes.
But unfortunatelly then the drama kind of started. While being so close to a potential Pole, technical issues put us on P43. But we fight back. I wrote: “everyone should better watch their mirrors” and Frédéric Vervisch put it true with one of the best driving performances I’ve ever seen. My teammates Maxime Soulet and Mathieu Detry continued strong and put us into the lead!!! 😊💪🏼 But luck wasn’t our best friend. Exactly at the moment our opponents needed to pit, while we had already done our stop, Code-60 came out, so they got a free stop and we did fall back. When we started to come back once again a puncture showed that it is still the race who pics up the winner. However after 24h and some big fights we finished 5th out of 57 started cars.
On the one had finished in the Top 5 in one of the biggest endurance races in the world is huge on the other hand with the speed we had over the whole weekend it was clearly too little. All the amazing efforts and support from Audi Sport and Haas RT and us drivers would have deserved a podium. So huge shout out to everyone!
Finally also a big thank zu to all of you guys for supporting me that well. So many kind messages I have received over the last days. Thank you! 🙏🏼 #blessed
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