Patric Niederhauser feels his Attempto Racing team have made a strong start to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup weekend at Silverstone, and is looking to continue that form into the rest of the weekend.
The Swiss driver saw the #101 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 car that he shares with Italian duo Fabio Babini and Daniel Zampieri go sixth fastest of fifty-three entries during practice on Saturday morning, and feels the team are working well together and strongly to move up the order.
“We’ve had a good start to the weekend, finished P6 in first free practice, so a good start for sure,” said Niederhauser to The Checkered Flag. “[It’s been] much better than the last couple of races, where we struggled a bit, but now we have to keep working and stay in the top ten.
“The race is going to be long, so we’re going to try and find a qualifying set-up now, but so far it looks good.
It’s a new team, also a new car for me, a new car for the team, many new things. Everybody needs to learn the car first, and how it’s doing, but we’ll keep learning. The curve is going up and up, and every race it’s getting better.
“We just need to have some time to understand everything a bit better, but I think we’re on a good way. [The car] is really nice to drive, it’s a lot of fun, and also the series, I like the series a lot.”
Niederhauser is hopeful of qualifying inside the top fifteen at Silverstone, and feels the team will be in with a shout of a strong race result should they qualify around that position on the grid.
“It’ll be good to qualify somewhere in the top fifteen at least,” insisted Niederhauser. “I know it’s a low target but from there we can have a good race, and we’ll try to finish around there.
“Of course if we go into the top ten it’ll be great. We will see, we will do our best, see how it comes out, and qualifying is one thing, a three-hour race is another.”