The DAMS team, famous for its savoir faire and titles in other branches of motor sport, turned up for the Porsche Supercup this weekend in Barcelona in a humble state of mind as befitting debutants for the opening of the 2013 season. Although it is their first foray into this highly-competitive championship the team has high hopes, which their two drivers, Michael Christensen from Denmark and New Zealander Richie Stanaway, soon confirmed.
The two young DAMS hotshoes, both Supercup debutants, quickly found their marks in qualifying. Christensen took advantage of his experience in last year’s German Porsche Cup and clinched fourth place on the grid, while Stanaway confirmed his ability to adapt to a new car with the sixth-quickest time – a successful start for both drivers. The race itself turned out to be a trickier challenge as they were up against experienced rivals like the winner, Sean Edwards. Although a few minor beginners’ errors dropped them back down the time sheets, Michael saw the flag in fifth place (best rookie) and Richie came home ninth, which bodes well for the future.
Fran?ois Sicard, Managing Director: “The overall level of this championship is very high and the result of the first race is very positive for DAMS. The team did a great job preparing the cars, which were on the pace right from the word go. The drivers showed their potential and even if they fell back a few places in the race itself, the result promises greater things for the future with Michael as the best rookie and Richie not too far behind on his first outing in this kind of racing after his swap from single-seaters. They’re going to take advantage of several days’ testing to fine-tune their preparation and they should be fighting for victory very shortly.”
Michael Christensen: “First of all a big thanks to the team. Everybody’s fully concentrated on the main aim and the ambience is excellent. The car was perfectly set up and without a small mistake in qualifying I could have started a row further up. In the race itself, I made a small error which allowed Thiim and Ammermüller to slip past so I’m not completely satisfied. I’m expecting better things for the coming races, in Monaco in particular, where I was able to take some notes last year!”
Richie Stanaway: “The first race went off pretty well and I felt at home in the DAMS team straight away. It’s my debut in this type of racing and I have to find my marks; I’m making rapid progress in qualifying even though a small error cost me a better starting position. The early stages of the race were difficult and I lost places: we’re going to continue working. The car’s quick and the team knows what it’s doing so I hope we can reap the rewards of our efforts with a good result in the near future.”
Next race: 26th May in Monaco.