Finally it was that time again, things were getting serious. Poor sleep and a high heart rate were the omens for an amateur racing driver when he went to the racetrack. After 12 hours of driving to the Toscana and an overnight stay, I was there, but first in the parking lot above the race track.

Chaos was inevitable as the GT3 cars in the Supertrofeo that were still running wanted to continue testing and we wanted to get into the pits as quickly as possible. After about 4 hours of waiting the fight began, the Italians didn't mind much, that must be the case. Another 1.5 hours of waiting for the pit key and then the Ecke team could finally get started.

Kurt Ecke is a close friend from former endurance races in the GTP series and has been running a team and looking after drivers and vehicles for decades. He also drives himself and has successfully participated in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring many times. I was very happy that he took our car and I only had to worry about myself.

In the morning, with the old tires from Le Mans and the Gercollector test day, we went into the first qualifying and immediately came in second place. Cautious optimism was now the order of the day. In the afternoon in the second qualifying, all cards were on the table and I was still very happy with third place, as we also had two guest starters from the professional camp on board, one of whom was a little faster.

Race 1 at 5:00 p.m. with still 30 degrees was a fight from the start, fair, worth seeing and all possibilities were open, crossing the finish line in third place with a second gap, everyone was happy, me too.

Race 2 the following day in the morning left all possibilities open, unfortunately the time was too short to actually fight for victory. Starting with old tires, they needed some time to build up grip, so the leader was already ahead of me and by the time I had overtaken the two guest starters, despite catching up, I was still a few seconds behind Thomas Lindemann, who was also showing good pace.

Very satisfied with a grin on my face, we went home to reality on Monday. At this point, thanks again to the Ecke team for the excellent support.

(Report by Matthias Nonn)

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