Holden Technical issues unexpectedly frustrated the 23-year-old racing driver’s plans on the track in Monza, Italy.
After a solid performance at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Julian Hanses happily traveled to Monza with the HRT Performance Team. But in the fourth weekend of the Porsche Carrera Deutschland Cup, a setback followed. In the first race in Italy, the driver from Helden did not reach the top ten.
“After our race at the Red Bull Ring, I was very confident. The car felt very good there and I was sure we could attack the podium at Monza,” the 23-year-old explained. But even in the first training session, he had technical problems and could not solve them with his team. Therefore, it was only enough for position 16 on the starting grid – too little for a good result. The Porsche driver at least took two places and ended up in 14th place.
Before the second race, the HRT performance team found the solution to the problem – and since then things have gone much better. On the Autodrome Nacionale Monza, Julian Hanses gave it all again, made his way across the field and ended up in ninth. However, jumping into the top ten couldn’t satisfy the Helden native, as he finally wanted to finish on the podium at Monza.
“The only good thing about this weekend is that we got to know our car better. Next week, we will have a test in Zandvoort and prepare for the next round there,” says Hanses. He plans to attack again in the Netherlands from July 9 to 11. “The knot has to break at some point this season,” he says and remains optimistic. The racetrack in Zandvoort is located right on the North Sea coast and is well known to people from Hilden.