The season could not have started better for Leipert Motorsport: On the rainy weekend in Monza, Italy, Marcus Paverud / Luci Trefz scored their first class win. Jan Kisiel / Max Koebolt celebrated two Top 5 finishes.
Wegberg, Germany - Monday, 15.04.2019
The GT4 European Series celebrated its season debut at the Italian Autodromo Nazionale Monza racecourse last weekend as the official supporting programme of the Blancpain GT Series. However, the weather god did not mean it well with the 35 starters and opened the sky gates for continuous rainfalls.
Junior duo Paverud/Trefz show it to the "old hands"
The Leipert Motorsport junior duo Marcus Paverud (18, Norway) / Luci Trefz (17, Germany) fought in qualifying on Saturday. First the two had to get familiar with the track and the car - Paverud reached the 19th starting position. Right at the start he passed some of his rivals, overtook one after the other before handing over to his colleague Trefz in tenth place. Luci manoeuvred the Mercedes AMG GT4 to tenth place at the finish (P4 PRO/AM classification) and awarded the team the first championship points.
On Sunday the "old hands" had to put on a thick fur in the field, because nobody had expected it: Starting from tenth place, Trefz had a better starting position than his team mate the day before. He quickly catapulted his racing car with the star on the hood to sixth place. Team mate Paverud completed the result perfectly: He pushed himself forward to fifth overall and was not only happy about the second Top-10 success, but also happily receiving the trophy of the PRO/AM classification together with the youngest Leipert Motorsport newcomer Luci Trefz. A fantastic result for the two youngsters!
Pole Position and scoring points for Jan Kisiel and Max Koebolt
Also the silver duo triumphed twice on the weekend. Max Koebolt (21, Netherlands) got the 13th starting position at the first weather caprioles on Saturday. Throughout the turbulent battles, Max lost three positions. After the driver change, team mate Jan Kisiel (24, Poland) quickly worked his way forward - after the first safety car phase he was already in eighth place. Later he pushed the gas pedal again and finally crossed the finish line on fifth position (P5 Silver Ranking).
As soon as Kisiel had secured Pole Position for the second race, the joy became a great disappointment: The race director put the 24-year-old ten positions back because of an infringement during the SC phase in race 1. However, Kisiel quickly moved up to fourth place, handed over to Koebolt, who lost some positions on the wet track, but finished the race in seventh place (P5 Silver).
Despite some turbulences and never-ending rain, a great race weekend for Leipert Motorsport. With both driver duos into the Top-5 and a class victory! A promising season awaits the team, which has with MOTUL a strong partner behind it.
At the end of April Leipert Motorsport will start with the driver duo Luci Trefz/Morgan Haber at the ADAC GT4 Germany in Oschersleben - at the beginning of May the team will then continue with round two of the GT4 European Series at Brands Hatch (04.-05.05.).