Preliminary Report: Dunlop Saloon Car Cup 2019 – Donington – Masters Historic Festival (GB)
At the heart of british motorsport: Steffan Irmler throws himself into the adventure of Donington Park – Dunlop Saloon Car Cup, second race
Such Steffan Irmler certainly does not plan with the 303 hp Irmscher Vauxhall Vectra STW of the vintage season 1998, but he knows: In the British Dunlop Saloon Car Cup, the customs are quite different from the usual in this country. It is hard, but fair fought for every meter – and knocked on the body of the front man in the infight – or the leading lady, because with Abigail „Abby“ Eaton, the grid also mixes with a professional racer. This form of contact sports fascinates Steffan Irmler, whose efficient driving style is a reminiscence to the classic 1600 Formula Ford at Brands Hatch. Actually, he should put up with the 21-year-old two-liter super touring car, however, the material used is as rare as delicate – an eternal tightrope walk.
At Silverstone, it had come to a similar loss three weeks ago, yet the experienced Vauxhall specialist had completed both races for 20 minutes without a halt. He is certain: „Normally a freshly revised sentence lasts for a whole season, and I just go for it now.“ His team shares the confidence that in a weekend shift it has adjusted the suspension to the particular profile of the track at Donington Park. „We have been working intensively on vehicle height and camber,“ says Steffan Irmler, and he knows: „In the fast Craner Curves, the non-driven rear axle is extremely relieved, and even the smallest load change can lead to a sudden swinging out of the rear of the vehicle. A rear wing is present indeed, but it must remain in a fixed predetermined mounting position and must not be adjusted by the technical regulations. Thus, its efficiency is quite limited – to face this challenge all others in the starting grid but exactly the same!“
The sum of all these aspects makes the journey via Hoek van Holland and Harwich to the Midlands in the UK to an adventure of motorsport. The two races will take place the forthcoming weekend, the return of the team to Drebber in the district of Diepholz is scheduled for the late Monday evening. The prognosis: an overall placing in the top ten would be a real achievements with two dozen domestic competitors.
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