On the second race weekend of the Audi Sport TT Cup it gets noble: Albert von Thurn and Taxis, Pierre Casiraghi and Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff start as guest drivers in the two races at the Norisring on June 27th and 28th Field of 24 drivers their very own challenge.
For the organizing team of quattro GmbH, the duel of the blue blooded is for Audi home race at the Norisring a special coup. "We started planning some months ago," says Project Manager Rolf Michl. "We are delighted that we were able to win three noblemen as guest starters Audi Sport TT Cup as part of the DTM race weekend again. "
The 27-year-old Pierre Casiraghi is the youngest child of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Stefano Casiraghi and the nephew of Prince Albert II of Monaco. In addition to launches in rally competitions, he started 2014 as a guest driver in the Scirocco R-Cup.
The 53-year-old Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff comes from the aristocratic family of Oeynhausen and is a shareholder of the Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff group of companies Bilster Mountain Drive Resort, a race track near Paderborn.
The 31-year-old Albert von Thurn and Taxis is the youngest child of Johannes and Gloria of Thurn and Taxis and racing fans already known. The ambitious racer has already clinched nine race wins in the ADAC GT Masters and won 2010 the drivers' championship. A great performance, considering that the Prince was 2001 with 18 years behind the wheel of a racing car. At this age, other today's professional racers already look back on a mostly good 10-year racing career in kart and lower-end formula classes.
We were able to get Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis on Saturday after the 1. Run for an interview on the weekend:
AWR / mab *:
Is it difficult to switch from your last "Heavy Metal" working device (a Chevrolet Camaro V8, editor's note) to the lightweight Audi TT?
Absolutely, the difference is huge. Both vehicles are demanding and the Audi TT as a front-wheel racing car is very different to drive. But Audi did a great job of having the TT Cup model well balanced as a front-wheel drive.
AWR / mab:
Audi is successful in many racing classes. DTM, GT-Sport with the R8 or with the prototypes in the WEC. Which category would attract you?
Definitely the GT racing car sport. I started in sports and touring car racing and I know exactly where my limits are. In addition, there are my physical dimensions which are not made for every type of racing car. As a tall person, formula cars are taboo, in long-distance sport, where you share a cockpit with several drivers, the compromise between the individual driver dimensions can become a problem.
AWR / mab:
Between the drivers is a good keyword. She and Pierre Casiraghi and Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff are friends outside the racetrack. How does that look on the racetrack?
We are "friendly competitors" for the 2x 30 minutes of the two races.
(All three laugh)
AWR / mab:
Thank you for the interview.
The interview was conducted by AWR / mab reporter * Bernd Schweickard
However, none of the three noblemen could compete for victory in the guest driver classification. This secured Jordi Gené (E) in both races. The racing pro prevailed against Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff (D) and Playmate Doreen Seidel (D). Pierre Casiraghi (MC) and Albert von Thurn and Taxis (D) stuck to the bad luck throughout the race weekend. Innocent spiners and a puncture prevented podiums for the two prominent racing fans.
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Text: Bernd Schweickard | © Photo: Bernd Schweickard