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With overall position 21 we exceeded our aim and almost made it to the Top 20 as best non-GT3-car.
Unfortunately we had to end the race early with our R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 #70 after a crash was incurred by another driver. Our driver is in good health, which is most important to us! That’s racing... The whole team has done an amazing job and we’re proud of our team performance. We’ll be back next year!
After this extraordinary and exciting race weekend at the Nürburgring, we are all pretty exhausted, but overjoyed and proud of our team performance! A huge thank you to the teams R-Motorsport and Aston Martin Lagonda, my team mates Andreas Baenziger, Florian Kamelger, Peter Leemhuis, Nicki Thiim, Darren Turner and Peter Cate, all fans, friends and partners! It was an unforgettable N24, which would not have been possible without you! I’m already looking forward to coming back next year!
ADAC Zurich 24h-Race Nürburgring
It's Race Week!
Next weekend the Nürburgring 24 hour race is on. I'm really looking forward to start there in our R-Motorsport Aston Martin GT4. We're totally motivated and it will be a great challenge.
I’m more than happy to announce that I’ll join Aston Martin Racing’s works drivers Darren Turner (GB) and Nicki Thiim (DN) and Aston Martin N24 regular Peter Cate (GB) in the #7 Aston Martin Factory Vantage GT8 at this years Nürburgring 24. We’ll perform at our best for a successful race in the SP8 class!
Special thanks to R-Motorsport for the chance to start on both cars and the trust they put in me.
First Race - First Podium
Successful start into the season in Italy
Jules Szymkowiak and his team mate Fabian Schiller took their first podium of the season at the first race of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at the Misano World Circuit. The youngsters managed to fight their way up from tenth to second in the qualifying race, winning the silver cup. In the main race the HTP juniors fell far back due to a drive-through penalty and crossed the finish line on P12. Nevertheless they could still win the Silver Cup.
The next round of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup will take place from 6th-7th May in Brands Hatch.
Markus and Jules are off to Sweden for the AMG Driving Academy Winter Sporting
While Markus enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures in Australia, Jules traveled to icy Sweden for the AMG Driving Academy.
In Arjeplog, the AMG customers can drift over frozen lakes and have lots of fun on the ice. After a short breather at home, Markus has also flown to the north to speed up on the lakes.
Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
With his first start in Australia a dream comes true for Markus
The famous endurance race at Mount Panorama in Australia was Markus' first race of the season 2017 and a new challenge. He started together with Florian Kamelger and Darren Turner for R-Motorsport in the Aston Martin Vantage GT8. After 12 hours the trio saw the chequered flag as 5th in class and on the overall position 26.
"For me, with my first start in Bathurst a long-term dream came true! The whole team did a great job and it was an honor to have Darren Turner as my team mate. I would be more than happy to start for R-Motorsport in Down Under again next year!", says Markus.
Sean Edwards Trophy
Jules was awarded with the inaugural Sean Edwards Trophy
Last weekend my teammates and I attended the prize giving ceremony, or night of champions, hosted by the SRO Motorsport Group. We, as a team, were able to collect quite a few prizes. So were my boys Maxi Buhk and Dominik Baumann, who received their cup for winning the overall championship of the Blancpain GT Series. Chief engineer Renaud Dufour had to make the walk to the podium more than once to collect a few trophies in the name of HTP-motorsport for example for winning the team title in the sprint cup and more!
You might be wondering right now; ‘so what the hell where you doing there?’
Well, I was nominated alongside Dries Vanthoor and Luca Stolz to win the first ever Sean Edwards Trophy. The trophy would be awarded to the guy with most similar characteristics, driving style, approach in racing and in life as Sean Edwards, who was a 26 years old professional racer who passed away during private testing, co-piloting a 20-year old rookie on the 15th of October 2013.
After all of us were given a going-over in regard to the way we work, drive, live life, and interestingly what we want to contribute to this world. I, Jules Szymkowiak, was awarded with the inaugural Sean Edwards Trophy.
You can not imagine how honoured and speechless I was when they called my name to a small but nevertheless a very important walk of fame on the SRO podium!
Now almost a week later the storm has settled down a bit. First of all I would like to thank Daphne and the Sean Edwards Foundation for improving motorsport safety, for taking this initiative and seeing my talent and believing in it. Second of all I would like to thank once again everybody that stood behind me until this point. A special thanks to my parents and Norbert Bruckner who have been a big part of making this wonderful career possible.
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