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MOTOREX Racing Report 2013 EN

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CAR Photo:© Vision Sport Agency 24h-LeMans Serie Natacha Gachnang: 5th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Natacha Gachnang is the cousin of racing driver Sébastien Buemi. Her grandfather, Georges Gachnang, was also a racing driver, designing racing and sports cars under the Cegga brand name during the 1960s. Natacha Gachnang started her driving career at the age of five in a go-kart. Her father gave her and her cousin Sébastien Buemi training on a track marked out by pegs at her grandfather’s garage in Aigle. She took part in her first go-kart race at the age of nine. She made her debut in Germany in 2003 in Formula BMW/ ADAC racing and competed in the German Formula 3 world championship three years later. In 2007 she achieved two podium places in Formula Mazda in the United States. 2008 saw her return to Europe to compete in the Spanish Formula 3 championship. She won the Spanish trophy and came third in the championship. Natacha spent the 2009 season trying out the Radical European Masters and Formula Le Mans series with great passion. 26-year-old Gachnang took part in her first Le Mans in 2010, attracting attention with Cyndie Alleman and Rahel Frey as one of the Swiss female trio competing in a Matech Ford GT. In 2013 Gachnang drove for the Morand Racing team in the LMP2 category, and achieved a final position of fifth together with her team in the Le Mans 24-hour race. The Morand Racing Team achieved the very good eleventh place in the overall ranking. If Benoit Morand and Joe Genoud of the Swiss Morand Racing team have their way, Natacha Gachnang and ex Formula 1 driver Christian Klien can look forward to secure employment in 2014. The team bosses would like to have the two drivers under contract again for the 2014 season. “We’d like to keep this year’s drivers and add a third for the 24 Hours of Le Man,” is the team’s comment. Klien and Gachnang drove the Morand team’s Morgan Judd in the final two ELMS race at the Hungaroring, where they finished fifth, and Le Castellet, where they finished second. Klien took over from Frenchman Franck Mailleux for the last two races of the season. 16

CAR European Touring Car Club Successful season finale for Rikli Motorsport Two fourth places for Peter Rikli and Andrina Gugger‘s victory in the Ladies‘ Trophy left Rikli Motorsport feeling placated at the end of the European Touring Car Championship season. The Swiss-based Honda team collected a total of 14 points in the Czech Republic. Peter Rikli #2 Peter Rikli was highly satisfied with his practice results at the start of the weekend. „We‘ve found a good timed practice set-up,“ he said prior to the qualifying rounds. Rikli came fourth in the final ranking with 40 points. „Looking back at the season, with all its highs and lows, I think we can say our team has managed to draw attention to itself.“ Andrina Gugger #10 The woman driver from Zurich had set her eyes on a particular championship title on this final weekend. In the Ladies‘ Trophy, Andrina Gugger, who was out to get points in the Super2000 class in her Honda Civic FD, was just slightly ahead of Ulrike Krafft, competing in the Super1600 class. Although the two were not direct competitors, each obviously had an eye on the other‘s position. The young Honda driver laid the foundation for success by getting off to a good start in the first race. She fought her way up to fifth place and secured her position by building up a large lead over her pursuers during the final laps. She crossed the finishing line in fifth position behind her team colleague, making sure of her trophy even before the final race. Which was just as well, because things didn‘t go as expected. A mistake at the start left the 22-year-old far behind. Her race to catch up took her through the Super1600 cars back to the Super 2000s. She drove her way up to eighth place, overtaking Igor Skuz and his BMW on the last lap. All the same, she didn‘t make it to the end. In the final ranking for the FIA ETCC Ladies‘ Trophy, Andrina Gugger came first with 70 points, ahead of Ulrike Krafft (63 points) and Ksenia Niks (17 points). Photo: © Team Rikli Formula Renault 3.5 Series Nico Müller: Championship fifth The World Series by Renault championship ended with the ninth race weekend in Barcelona. Thun-based Formula Renault driver Nico Müller (21) experienced highs and lows on the Circuit de Catalunya during the season finale in Montmélo. On Saturday he was involved in a spectacular crash shortly after the start and only managed to finish 12th. Things went better on Sunday though, when Müller came fourth and just missed a place on the podium. The International Draco Racing driver finished the season fifth in the final driver‘s table, with 149 points. His Draco team came third in the constructors‘ table. Photos: © Valeria Zoppello Nico Müller would like to thank everyone who supported him in any way during his second WSR FR 3.5 season. In particular, he would like to thank his team and the engineers from International Draco Racing for a season of great sport and all his sponsors and patrons for their generous financial support. Without them it would be impossible to compete in motor sport at this level and be competitive. I‘m confident of being among the starters in 2014 too, even if it‘s not yet clear where and in what series or what car.“ MIX » Swiss perform well in Germany: Manuel Amweg of Team Amweg won the Remus Renault 2.0 Championship Cup, while Swiss drivers took second, third and fourth place in the Remus Formula 3 Championship Cup. 2nd place: Thomas Amweg (Jo Zeller Racing Team), 3rd place: Marcel Tobler (Jo Zeller Racing Team), 4th place: Philippe Chuard (Team Chuard). » Sébastien Buemi takes 2nd place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. » Fredy Barth started the 2013 FIA WTCC in a new BMW 320 TC belonging to Emil Frey Racing, but had to put in a lot of groundwork and was often unlucky in races. He finished the season 17th in the overall ranking. 17



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