A:Level Porsche – Making The Grade
Wolfgang Kaufmann was “very happy for the mechanics”
after last Sunday’s Monza 1000 Kms – because the GT1
Porsche had secured its first finish in the series.
finished the race, and that was really important for everyone. I’ve
been involved since the beginning, and I’ve experienced all
the problems, but noticed the progress too.
“At the Nurburgring last year we had engine
trouble, then we were slow on the straights at Silverstone (and
withdrew) and had handling problems at Spa in April.”
Wolfgang suggested that the car had been lucky to
survive a tyre blow-out in Friday practice, but we’d suggest
that was largely his skill at work, bringing the car to a halt with
no further damage – from top speed past the pits.
quite a few problems in the race, but the mechanics fixed them all.
I was unhappy in the first stint of the race, because a warning
light was on, and I had 0.2 Bar less boost than usual – which
meant that I had less power than a GT3-RSR.
radio wasn’t working well, so I couldn’t tell the team
what the problem was. I kept pushing, but it was very frustrating.”
It turned out that the electric water pumps weren’t
working, so the whole engine was far too hot, and had gone into
a safe mode. The fix was relatively straightforward: it wasn’t
the pumps themselves but the fuses carrying the current to them.
“Marcel Tiemann took over and the boost was
fine, but then a carbon pipe to the airbox broke, so we had no boost
again. He pitted, they fixed it, but the repair failed at the first
chicane on my out lap – so I had to pit for a more robust
“I then finished that stint with no problems
– until I felt something wrong at the rear. That turned out
to be a slow puncture. Marcel had a problem with the throttle cable
connection in his next stint, but I finished the race with a good
stint, our lap times were OK (a best of 1:50.7) and we finished
With five weeks
until the next race, A:Level Engineering has time to work on developing
out the little niggles that did their best to prevent a first finish
with the big Porsche.