The most successful GT1 team in the last ProtoGT Series decided to join the biggest names of iRacing and signed up for the NEO Endurance Series, which starts in October. To introduce our new Team we interviewed the driver line-up of Dustin Hickmann, Gianni Vecchio, Tim Berti and Jürgen Frank:
After a long and very successful ProtoGT Season you decided to join the NEO Endurance Series, who is the most popular endurance series of iRacing. When did you decide to join?
Well, this decision was made pretty early by our drivers. By the end of the second NEO season our GT1 drivers already thought about to join with another class besides our Ford GT team for the next season. At that point we didn’t know that the Ford GT will pass away for season 3 and we’ll join with two Aston Martins.
In the ProtoGT you dominated the GT1 class with overall finishes on P1 and P4. What are your expectations for the upcoming NEO Season?
The ProtoGT was a series we focused on very much last season. Of course, we were very happy about the comeback of this unique series but also it was the perfect training for the upcoming NES! The main races every week on Wednesday which were broadcasted by RaceSpot TV always were a great experience in terms of a safe traffic management and pushing the car to the limit at once. Our hopes are of course that the intensity of the endurance races are so not high like in the sprint races of the NES but we already saw the team lineup for the next season and this will be very tough for all of us to get some good results like we did in the ProtoGT season. I can’t really tell you where we are at the start of the season with all this good teams in GT1. Maybe ask me again after the qualifying for the first race on Saturday or better after the first race at Sebring.
The defending GT2 Champions, also from Team SimRC.de, had to change their car due to a change in the regulations and they also start in the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1. What do you think about the Team SimRC.de Iris with the drivers line up Leonardo Corti, Sven Deml and Stefan Seitweger?
Never heard of them.
Of course we know them pretty well and I also know that there are some other cars besides the lovely Ford GT which they are fast in. I already raced with every of them in the GT1 class and it won’t be easy to bet them.