Siedler Joins Kruse At Jarama
The German Kruse team will help a young Austrian driver make his
sportscar debut in the Jarama 1000 kms this weekend. 24 year old
Norbert Siedler is the reigning champion in the Formula 3000 ProSeries,
but he has not driven a race since his return from the USA, where
he pulled out of an uncompetitive
Formula Atlantic drive earlier in the year. Now the young Tyrolean
is looking at endurance racing as a possible career path.
a quick test at an airfield close to the team's base in Germany,
before their departure to Spain on Monday, Siedler got behind the
wheel of the Courage C65-Judd for the first time, and thoroughly
enjoyed the experience: "At last I'm in a real racecar again!"
said the young man whose daily driver is currently a humble 75hp
Fiat. "Even though we only went up and down the runway, my
first impression of the car is very good. The engine has a lot of
top end power, and once the paddle shift system is activated it
will be even better to drive."
In view of the
fifth place for Kruse in the last race at Donington Park, his goal
is to "give my best and try to help get my team as far up the
order as possible. I have kept in shape over the recent weeks and
months by working out for up to five hours a day, every day, and
also cycling and driving the shifter kart. Perhaps this will make
a difference in an endurance race."
In a recent
interview, Siedler talked about his possible future in sportscar
racing: "The Le Mans series is a good option for my future,
and the 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been a dream of mine. I am
grateful for this opportunity, and I have the distinct feeling now
that things are taking a turn for the better." And about Le
Mans in particular: "When you look at the terrific machines
that run there, I
certainly wouldn't mind having a go one day, preferably in a competitive
He'll be partnered
by Kruse regulars Jan-Dirk Lueders and Jens Petersen this weekend.