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NLS4 David Extends championship lead with another podium

NLS4 David Extends championship lead with another podium

Mikkel Jensen, Christian Krognes and David Pittard were united again for the 4th NLS race of the year. After a Super strong start to the year, the trio were looking to continue the run of form and to build the NLS ROWE Speed trophy championship lead for the #34 car.

After another strong run of testing on Friday in the dry, the pouring rain welcomed the teams on Saturday morning, which was the perfect excuse to test and further develop the Yokohama wet tyre that had made big improvements at the wet weather test at the beginning of the year.

Each driver completed wet laps which varied in typical Nordschleife fashion from monsoon to drying, giving a large amount of conditions to try the car set up and tyre improvements. After struggling in the wetter conditions, Mikkel was able to put in a great lap for his first time on the Yokohama wets in drying conditions to qualify the car P7, which considering Mikkels experience in the wet at the Nordschleife and where the wet weather tyre was last year was a great improvement and shows the progress that team partners Yokohama has made.

David would start the race in what turned out to be drying conditions, and even though he drove to the car to the grid on wets, quickly joined the others who all switched to slicks for the start.
David made another trade mark start by charging forward to climb 4 positions before entering the Nordschleife, and by the end of the lap David had passed the ROWE BMW into 3rd place. David would then drop back to 4th position to follow the ROWE BMW for another 2laps before boxing for a harder set of compound tyres, as the softer compound were starting to drop off as the track dried quickly.

The early pitstop gave the #34 track positions and clear air to lay down some fast times while out of sync with the rest of the SP9/GT3 field, before handing over to team mate Christian who would encounter some bad traffic in his stint meaning he lost time as it is no notoriously hard to pass around the Nordschleife. As others pitted and Chris worked his way through the SP9 traffic and would hand over to Mikkel to bring the car home.

After the monsoon conditions at the beginning of the day, the day rapidly heated up meaning by the final stint, Mikkel was having issues with the brakes due to the temperature. However a calculated drive under pressure from the car and the #6 AMG, Mikkel was able to manage the gap and bring the car home in P2, another podium and a further increased championship lead for both David in the SP9 drivers championship and the #34 car in the ROWE Speed trophy.

The next race will be NLS5 ROWE 6hrs 29th August where the preparation for the N24hrs will conclude.

Please see David’s VLOG from the NLS4 weekend below:

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