Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing is confident upon their return to the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben for round seven of the TCR International Series. With the team’s record of success and familiarity with the German circuit, Lukoil Craft-Bamboo heads into this weekend assured that their three drivers will be able to challenge for both wins and podiums. For 2017, the two races will be run on the circuit’s older layout. This utilizes the “esses” at the end of the pit straight to help limit the risk of a pile up at the start as well as increasing the ability to overtake.
Pepe Oriola is focused on breaking into the top three in the drivers’ championship by the end of the round, which will ensure he still has a shot at the TCR title during the final three rounds of the season. Oriola took a win in Germany in race two last year and is intent on emulating that success as much as possible this weekend. After taking pole in 2016, the Spaniard will no doubt be shooting for P1 but he will have to defy 10kg of success ballast in the process. In the past, Oriola has shown that he can punch above the weight and it will be incredibly important that he does so this weekend, if he is to have a chance at the championship when the series reconvenes in September.
James Nash was also a podium recipient last year, taking two third place finishes with a great performance over the entire weekend. Currently in seventh place in the drivers’ standings, Nash will be fighting even harder this time around in the hopes of boosting himself up the ladder. With no ballast to contend with, he will be looking to edge ahead of Oriola and claim the spoils for his own championship campaign.
Daniel Lloyd is hoping for better luck in Oschersleben. After being taken out of race two in Hungary, the #17 driver is keen to bounce back and score his first podium in the TCR International Series. He has constantly proven his pace in the SEAT Leon but hasn’t been given the chance to deliver. Lloyd has driven at Oschersleben before and it will be the first circuit he has visited so far this season that he has experience with. This levels the playing field and will allow Lloyd to dive straight into the car’s setup and get it dialed in for a strong qualifying challenge to guarantee his spot at the sharp end of the field.
Timetable GMT +2:
Saturday 8th July
09:15 - 09:45 - Free Practice 1
12:00 - 12:30 - Free Practice 2
15:00 - 15:35 - Qualifying (Q1 + Q2)
Sunday 9th July
12:35 - Race 1
14:35 - Race 2
Richard Coleman CEO of Craft-Bamboo Racing
“Oschersleben on paper will be a good circuit for us, so we have good expectations. It is a circuit that Daniel Lloyd knows well, so I am sure he will be up to speed with James and Pepe from the opening practice sessions. We have been working hard on a few performance items since Hungary and we look forward to trying to take a big points haul. My main concern is the Honda team as they have been very competitive at every type of circuit.”
Daniel Lloyd, #17
“I am really looking forward to this weekend, it's the first circuit that I've actually been to in the past and I know it quite well, which is a huge advantage, compared to the last two rounds. It means we can work on the car setup instead of just learning the circuit! The last round was tough but I still showed good pace, so I'm looking forward to getting some strong positions this weekend.”
James Nash, #54
“Last year, I got a podium in each race at Oschersleben. It'll be great if we can order a repeat or better. Pepe's second place in Hungary proved that on the right track we can compete with the SEAT and hopefully Oschersleben will be another track we can go well on, so fingers crossed.”
Pepe Oriola, #74
“I hope to get another win on this race track, I have good memories from last year and I hope to get into the top three in the drivers’ championship before the summer break. If I can do this, then I will be in the fight for the title during the last three rounds.”
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The pursuit of the 2017 TCR International Series title would not be possible without the support of LUKOIL, SEAT Sport, Gravity, P1 Autocare, Orangebus, Stand 21 and Team Dynamics.