Andreas Wirth: You should be smart enough when you see a double yellow (UPDATED)



Luck was not on Andreas Wirth's side at Oschersleben
Luck was not on Andreas Wirth's side at Oschersleben

Andreas Wirth and co driver Heinz-Harold Frentzen drove two stellar races at the Sachsenring as part of the ADAC GT Masters.  The Callaway Competition Corvettes carried ballast into the race weekend but previous challenges saw them down in the points standings.  This would have a major bearing on the race when a competitor’s accident during practice meant that extensive repairs were required to make the track safe enough for the pack to go qualifying. Sadly it was necessary for the first round of qualifying to be cancelled, taking matters out of Andreas’ hands. The starting line up was then determined based on current driver standings – this put Wirth in 16th place on the grid for Race 1. When the field finally went qualifying for Race 2, luck was not on Frentzen’s side, and he was forced to start even further back in 29th.

Saturday would prove to be the highlight of the weekend, as Andreas showed a strong performance in the #27 Callaway Competition Corvette. After a great start Wirth continued the charge from 16th to 6th by lap twelve. After the driver change, Frentzen powered through and regained their spot in 6th place.  With a far more difficult starting position for Sunday’s race, it went without saying that it would be a challenging day. Regrettably, despite Frentzen and Wirth doing their best to work their way through the field – all the way from 29th to 14th – just seven laps from the finish line Wirth was forced to abandon the effort as their Corvette encountered a technical failure. Truly heartbreaking after such a solid effort.

In this interview we talk about his weekend, the bizarre crash in the Formula Masters and Le Mans.

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Update – 14/6/12

For those interested – this is the crash we were talking about in the interview (at the 5 minute mark)


Interview by Sam Tickell, June 2012

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