Dino Calcum (Lubner Motorsport, Opel) had high hopes for Saturday’s race at the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria. The 27-year old German occupied pole position for the first of two events this weekend, but lost out on his advantage as soon as the lights went green for the 30-minute long race to start.
“The start didn’t work out as I had hoped. I’m usually a very good starter. Now that we had a chance of winning, I gave it away.”
The Opel driver was immediately relegated to fifth, with eventual winner Josh Files (Target Competition, Honda) profiting from the German’s slow getaway. With a quick car underneath him, Calcum managed to fight back and still make it onto the final step of the podium at the end of the day.
“The speed was good, I could always take on a fight. I will need a better getaway tomorrow – that’s most important. And if everything works out, I can maybe drive onto the podium again.”
Although Calcum will have another chance to fight for a spot within the top three this Sunday, he will have to do so from tenth on the grid, with a reverse starting grid turning the top ten fastest cars of Friday’s qualifying around.
Race two at the Red Bull Ring will be getting underway at 15:40 CEST (14:40 BST) this Sunday.