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RAW CHANGES! A new update! | August 11th

Hi folks!
Long time no see.

We have been to consequent with our racing updates lately…
But here we are again to provide you guys with some inside info.

Worth mentioning is that the concept RAWsister (the writer of our blogs) will not continue in the way you’re used to. RAWsister has her own business to take care of now, which you can follow on her website lucaszymkowiak.com.
From now on, I, Jules, will keep the blog. I’m going to provide you with the finest details about racing, my team, the do’s, the don’ts and so on. Because after all, I’m in the middle this thing…

I think I’d better start at the beginning and tell you about some things that’ve changed.
In the first place: at one of the many career junctions you come across during your life, I took a right at the end of last year instead of a straight. This means I am not competing in single-seaters anymore. I made the step ‘into’ GT’s and I am now racing a Bentley Continental GT3 for Bentley HTP Team.
This is totally new for me. Some changes: In this new class 1 hour races are driven by TWO drivers per car, meaning an obligated pitstop between 25’ and 35’ minutes in the race with a tyre and driver change.

We are now four races deep into the season which means Coupe de paques in Nogaro(F), Brands Hatch(GB), Zolder(B) and Moscow(R) are done and dusted. To be honest we, and I say we because racing is a teamsport, had some troubles getting started and getting everything dialled in but slowly and surely we are getting there.

Moscow was our last race where the team showed a strong performance. My team mates Maxi Buhk and Vincent Abril scored Bentley’s first victory in the Blanc Pain GT series, I am really proud of them and the team. We have to remember that it is the first year for the HTP squad racing with a Bentley which makes the result even more remarkable. My new team mate Max Van Splunteren and I were struggling a bit more tough. It was Max’ first race in a Bentley continental GT3 and we just couldn’t really optimise my qualifying result because at some point during the race I got a bit eager trying to overtake. So instead of gaining 1 position we lost one.

In the end Max and I learned a lot during this meeting. We not only got to know each better we also learned a lot on track. We are gonna have to try to keep the learning curve steep, so you guys can see us on the podium soon.

During the season I will elaborate some of the points that are interesting for you to know like for example what happens during a pit stop or how I prepare before I get in the driver’s seat etc. I hope that you’re interested and that you will stay tuned!

See you!
Jules

Bed of roses, Nürburgring | August 19th

It’s been a while, minus two race weekends which I (we) mostly want to forget, no inspiring moments to rejoice or write about.
Honestly speaking, we’ve been struggling to get a grip on things.
Trying to plow a path down the fame lane aint a cinch. Neither is it a bed of roses, its more like somebody plowed my roses in the park at the Norisring and now I gotta start all over again.

As it was and is:
We were on a rollercoaster ride, enjoying the thrill and excitement of it all in the FIA F3 European Championship.
Then came the Norisring, DNF’d the whole thing, fast forward to Russia, no great results to speak of, nor points. Frustration.
Red Bull Ring: good Sunday, good overtaking, but we had to be careful, crashes tend to cling to a race driver and before you know it your second and third names are “accident prone”.
So fast forward to Nürburgring, if I looked green it was because of the bile creeping up as a skirmish arose here and there, but all in all we did finish all three races and managed to get a point and a rookie podium.

Jules worked hard, raced intelligently and kept his nose clean. I am proud of him.

Next race Autodromo Internazionale “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” Imola, looking forward instead of fast forwarding away the past, and just maybe we can turn the clock back some, as is the circuit of Imola, and grab another good streak and maybe even a podium.

I know we can.

Chattanooga Choo Choo | July 8th

It’s been several days since we closed the 2014 episode of the Zandvoort Masters. Driving wise it was an interesting weekend for Jules.
Getting his track time on a new circuit for him with a different F3 car and different tires gives him a broader base on which he can improve his driving ability with his RAWCAR in the F3 Euro series.
The actual race was live on Dutch national TV and it was as we say a Dutch party as far as the podium went, 1/Max 2/Jules 3/Steijn.
The race itself was pretty straight forward and not much more than a start, a shove, a pass and a merry go round to the finish.
The shove: wrong move by Jules, anticipating a faster start from his teammate he shoved him off the track. These incidents happen; that’s racing. Wet spots, first corner, first round. But still not cool.
Jules was given a shove as well at the circuit of Zandvoort, a shove off the podium. End of Dutch party. A slippery podium?

I am impressed with the journalistic approach of Allard Kallf, he has his facts in order and is unbiased in his reporting. Thanks Mr. Kalff.
Moscow is our next stop, this weekend.

See you and be cool. (Jules!)

Norisring | June 30th

Arrival at the Norisring:
Hyper ambivalent emotions, deciding to stay calm and under control.Jules finished his Blog report last week on the rally of the NSDAP at the
Norisring.
In 2014 the P stand for “parking-attendants”.  Maybe Hugo Boss can supply them with new vests.
It all started so wrong, (at the parking) to continue deteriorating into theutmost anti-climax of watching my boy race.
Feelings of elation can degrade into utter disappointed in a matter of seconds.
The relaxed atmosphere and exciting races in beautiful Belgian Spa promised us more improvement and pleasurable prospects.
Alas; We Crashed and crashed and crashed.
No more comments, see media and see you in Moscow
Ludwig