Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Nacho Calero was harshly penalised six places on the grid for today’s 19-lap race at the Lausitzring because he was adjudged to have put in some slow laps in this morning’s warm-up. In fact, he had three off-track excursions and this what had lost him time - not going slowly. So Nacho was forced to start on the ninth row of the grid- alongside his teammate. Both he and Fahmi Khairuddin tried to fight their way up through the field but, when the race was red-flagged three laps before the scheduled end, their progress was halted. In the end, they finished in 18th and 19th places respectively.
Nacho Calero – 18th
“Starting two rows of the grid further back than qualification did not help what I knew was going to be a hard race. My start was OK, but the first corner was a big problem because there were so many riders with me and I think I lost a few places in the process. My bike was not much different to yesterday and the rear end was sliding a bit after a few laps. I kept pushing as hard as I could and think I could’ve got into points if the race had finished prematurely.”
Fahmi Khairuddin – 19th
“I began the race from the ninth row of the grid and that is not a good place to be. Unfortunately I didn’t make a good start and was 24th at the end of the first lap. I managed to pass some riders in Turn 6 and began to work my way up through the field. My pace was good but then I had a few ‘moments’ and so I decided to manage my pace and bring the bike home safely. The bike was better today than the rest of the weekend but I know we need to improve and that’s what I will be aiming for in the next round.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“I think we need to figure out a better plan for Friday. At the moment we seem to be struggling on Friday and that means we run out if time on Saturday and therefore are not in the best place for the race on Sunday. We end up way too far down the grid and
give ourselves too much work to do. This class is very competitive and you cannot get a podium if you start far down the grid. I am disappointed with the decision of Race Direction today. They penalised Nacho six places on the grid. They said that he had been riding slowly but if fact he went off the track a few times. After two hard days we didn’t need this, but we have to accept it and move on. Nacho did a good race – even if the result didn’t show it. I think Fahmi’s race could’ve been better. We will work as hard as we can and come out fighting in the next round.”