Theeba Motorsport close to podium finish in Fanatec GT World Challenge Sprint Cup at Misano

Theeba Motorsport close to podium finish in Fanatec GT World Challenge Sprint Cup at Misano

July 17, 2023
GT World Challenge Europe

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli played host to Theeba Motorsport’s first Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup event of the 2023 season. Due to commitments in ADAC GT Masters, Ralf Aron was substituted by Fabian Schiller. The event was held in searing heat, and in the first race of the weekend the duo was very close to making their way to the podium.

In the first qualifying of the weekend Fabian was impeded on his flying lap which meant he qualified fifth in class and 15th overall.

With so many cars in action, there was inevitably a bit of contact at the first corner, but Fabian was able to avoid this and gain a position to slot into fourth in class and in the mix for the podium.

Overtaking proved difficult around Misano, and Fabian found himself in an eight-car battle with cars from all classes as the pitstop window approached.

A good pitstop from the team allowed Reema to take to the track fourth in class, with a slender gap to the #112 JP Motorsport car.

By the chequered flag, she was just 2.869 seconds away to round out a competitive day for the team.

The second day of action proved to be more challenging for Theeba. It was Reema’s turn to qualify on Sunday, and her best lap, which would have been good enough for fourth in class, was just outside of track limits, leaving the #81 Mercedes-AMG GT3 eighth in class on the grid.

Unfortunately, an incident at the final corner on the opening lap resulted in a puncture on the car. Once returning to the pits the team saw further damage to the car. As a result of the damage the team made the decision to retire from the race after what had been until that point a competitive showing across the weekend.

Reema Juffali, Founder & Driver, Theeba Motorsport
It is a sad way to end a weekend that was looking good until then. Finishing just outside the podium on Saturday meant that we were in the fight. The team delivered a great car and Fabian did a brilliant job to step in this weekend. We will take the positives and prepare for Nurburgring in a couple of weeks.

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