By Mel Fabrikant Monday, June 23 2014 @ 12:27 PM EDT
• Time penalties deny HTP Motorsport top-five result
• Swiss ace buoyed by strong pace and reliability
Harold Primat marked his Nurburgring 24 Hours debut for HTP Motorsport with a fine top-10 result at the Nordschleife’s blue riband event last weekend (June 19-22).
The Geneva-based driver – alongside team-mates Maximilian Gotz, Kenneth Heyer and Roland Rehfeld – guided their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 to seventh overall in the fastest-ever running of ADAC’s flagship event held at the daunting 25km-long ‘Green Hell’.
Confidence was high following top-10 performances during Qualifying 1 and 2, despite the quartet initially struggling to find a compromise on set-up. However, even with experienced Mercedes driver Gotz at the wheel, the German squad could only qualify 21st in an extremely tight single-lap top-30 shootout.