Nordschleife Endurance championship: VLN
Benjamin Cartery is now facing his first season on the Nordschleife in 2022, participating to the VLN, German Nordschleife Championship with Endurance races, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Scirocco R, made available by the Mathilda Racing team. Thanks to the precious help of Michael Paatz. Benjamin will have Timo Beuth as a team-mates during the 2022 season. "I feel like to live a dream, I can't wait to start the championship and get my first laps around the green hell !" Benjamin commented to Cologne at the headquarters of the Mathilda Racing team.
Another podium for Benjamin during the penultimate round of the VLN 2022 championship. A confirmation weekend for the Franco-German duo, who is once again asserting as serious contender for the podium in every single race. The start of the race was done by Benjamin, who drove a double stint, which means two and a half hours of effort with the aim of competing for a place on the podium. He moved up to 2nd place from 4th position and managed to build a comfortable gap with the cars behind. His teammate Timo took the wheel for the end of the race, having an excellent race pace. The crew of Scirocco n°498 ultimatly lost second position because of a better strategy of their competitor. "It's a great result! I'm very satisfied with my first part of the race, Timo also did a great job but our opponents, in addition to being fast, had a better strategy and overtook us during our last pit stop. I'm sure we will get our revenge! We are now systematically fighting for the podium and it's nice to see that my learning in this championship is reflected on the results. I must thank the whole team, my team-mate Timo for trusting me, as well as my engineer for their excellent work. Congratulations to the sister car who won the race, which means that both team cars finished on the podium! Very nice team result which encourages us to push even more for the last round in two weeks! "
Back to the traditional racing format for the NLS7 with 4 hours of racing on the program and great ambitions following the excellent result of the previous race. Once again, changing weather disturbed the race and in particular the race start. Benjamin behind the wheel chose to start in slicks tire despite a soaked track, because the sun shone above the circuit. A strategic choice that paid off given that his other competitors on rain tires had to stop earlier than him, allowing him to recover 8 positions and fight for the podium. Unfortunately, after 2 hours of racing, the Scirocco 498 had a mechanical problem, forcing the crew to pit for repairs which cost them 15 minutes. Once he left, the young Frenchman had to face difficult conditions as the rain soeked the circuit and the conditions were constantly changing. The duo finished this race in 8th position. A positive result because they scored valuable points for the championship. "Mixed feelings, I'm happy because I had a good pace in difficult conditions, when I had no experience! Obviously a little bit disappointed to loose a potential podium on a mechanical problem but our mechanics did a remarkable job to allow us to restart and finish the race. We were able to score points and that's the most important! Next race in 2 weeks with a very clear objective which is to aim for the podium!"
Great new in the main event of this season, the first edition of the 12 Hours on the Nordschleife was synonymous of success for Benjamin! Indeed, after 12 hours of intense action on the 24 kilometers track, the Franco-German crew finished Second in the longest and most complicated race of the season. The first part of the race was very demanding due to the changeable and tricky weather conditions with numerous storms but also clearings which meant that the track conditions were constantly changing and the choice of rain tires was therefore essential. After a successful start from the young Frenchman who went from fifth to second, the crew of the 498 Scirocco were able to went through all the traps of the "Green Hell" and survive by having a very good racing rhythm and a perfectly executed strategy. "We did it! My first podium on the most difficult track in the world, in the most competitive championship and in the most demanding race of the season. "I'm truly lost for words but I would like to thank from my heart the whole Mathilda Racing team for all the work done this weekend and throughout the season as well as Jan and Timo, my team mates. It's a great result and we will continue in this direction for the last 3 races! Realizing the dream of getting a VLN podium on my father's 50th birthday was very emotional, so let me dedicate this second place to him and thank him for everything he does for me. Next goal is to win again!"
A very eventful 6-hour race for the Scirocco 498. Benjamin and Timo welcomed Timo Hochwind and Felix Schumann, in normal times drivers of the other Volkswagen Scirocco of the Mathilda Racing team, thas has been victim of an accident 2 weeks earlier in the race, the objective was to score big points to stay in the title to fight. Following a good qualifying, the start was turbulent, a driver unfortunately lost control over a puddle of oil and violently hit the rear of the blue Scirocco forcing an early pit stop to repair the damage. After climbing from last position to fourth place, the crew was unfortunately forced to retire only 20 minutes from the end of the race due to mechanical failure. Benjamin:"The race was not easy, we fought until the end, but we had to retire the car due to a mechanical failure because of the contact suffered at the start of the race. It's part of the game and we have to accept it, but we can be proud because we've never give up. We'll try to have a good race in September at the Nürburgring 12 Hours!"
First racing experience on the Nordschleife in the mythical NLS championship for Benjamin during the 67th ADAC Westfalenfahrt. A pretty much successful introduction to the "green hell" for Benjamin thanks to the precious help of the Mathilda Racing team and his teammate Timo Beuth who accompanied him in the process of discovering the Volkswagen Scirocco R. Good race with a good rhythm and an aggressive strategy to overcome some engine problems which forced the duo to finish 6th in this first race. "I'm very happy with my first weekend in the NLS, the pace in the race was good and the feeling in the car too. We suffer some engine problem with power issue and therefore lack of top speed but everything else is very encouraging and I'm sure we'll be fighting for the podium in the next race!"
2022 VLN with Mathilda Racing !
For this year, Benjamin will be joining Mathilda Racing to race the full season in the VLN on the Nordschleife aboard the Volkswagen Scirocco R alongside Timo Beuth. He will have the chance to race with a professional team and with an experienced team mate in order to learn in a good way and gets good results. The Championship is composed by 8 races, 6 of which are 4 hours long, one is 6 hours long and one is 12 hours long. "I would like to thanks Michael Paatz, the team owner for the opportunity and for his trust. Racing on the Nordschleife is something every racing driver dreams of and I literally can’t wait for the season to kick-off in March ! This year will be a massive challenge for me as the Nordschleife is the most difficult race track in the world and with more than 100 cars on the starting grid it’s going to be something really new for me. We know that we have a strong package so now we just have to send it and enjoy !"
End clap for the German Endurance championship on the Nurburgring circuit in the Eifel massif for the 6th round. A race with 66 cars on track where it was difficult to have a lap without traffic and where qualification as well as the race management would play a fundamental role. An excellent pace and a superb strategy allowed the Franco-German duo to take the lead in the race after starting from 5th on the grid. Unfortunately many long periods of Safety Car have benefits their opponents meaning that the Seat Cupra TCR crew will therefore end where the season strated 7 months earlier, on the second step of the podium! Following this result, Benjamin and Christian have been crowned German Vice-Champions of endurance 2021! "It's an amazing result, for my first season in this category and in this championship finishing runner-up and first in the TCR DSG is a great accomplishment. I would like to thanks my teammate Christian and the whole team for this opportunity and for all their hard work and the good time spendt together. A huge thank you to my partners who have accompanied me once again in this step of my career and to my family who allow me to live my dream. I can't wait to see what 2022 holds for me !"
It has been a great experience for Benjamin, his first Endurance Race on a new car and a new track, closing the race in P8 with 46 cars on the circuit. "Thank you very much to HP Racing International Team for their great Job, to Hari Proczyk for all his precious coaching and of course to my Team Mate Mister Franz Dziwok, without his support I couldn't be there." Says Benjamin after the race.
It is with the NOVA RACE Team that Benjamin Cartery had his C Senior License, to race in GT Championship. "It is always great to drive this car, let me say thank you to the Team Nova Race with Nicola Sinigaglia and of course Mister Luca Magnoni, I also had a special instructor Christian Pesactori, they made my tests unforgettable" . Now Benjamin is officially ready for a GT4 Championship.
A new Test on Mercedes AMG GT4 for Benjamin Cartery always with the Team NOVARACE, it is important training as often as possible: "It is always great to be on the track, I knew already Vallelunga, I feel better with the car test by test." Waiting for the start of the 2020 season, Benjamin doesn't loose time to get prepared and trained, doing a very fast lap of the track.
In anticipation of the 2020 season, Benjamin Cartery tests on the Barcelona Circuit with the Mercedes AMG GT4 of NOVARACE. Thanks to the suggestions of his Manager and Coach Matteo Cressoni, he manages to bring out a wonderful time, worthy of much more experienced Drivers, despite being his first time on the circuit. "Incredible experience on a Formula 1 circuit, Matteo's advices has been fundamental, lap after lap they made me improve the time, I hope to return soon but for a race!" comments Benjamin after the day on the track.