Hopes High For Hockenheim As Silver Cup Challenger Hutchison Targets Podium Return

Dundee's Finlay Hutchison relishing return to German track for first time since 2017 in Rd4 of GTWCE
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August 29, 2022

Hopes High For Hockenheim As Silver Cup Challenger Hutchison Targets Podium Return

Dundee's Finlay Hutchison relishing return to German track for first time since 2017 in Rd4 of GTWCE

Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup racer Finlay Hutchison is preparing to head to Hockenheim in Germany for the first time in five years this coming weekend, 3rd/4th September, for the fourth round of his rollercoaster 2022 season.

Dundee’s Hutchison, who is campaigning Team WRT’s No.31 Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II this year with fellow Scot Lewis Proctor and Mexican driver Diego Menchaca, is aiming for a successful return to the Hockenheimring after a somewhat frustrating outing in July’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.

Going into the twice-round-the-clock race at Spa-Francorchamps, the Team WRT trio held fourth in the Silver Cup standings after taking their maiden podium finish a month and half prior at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

While Hutchison was able to post his first ever race finish in the 24 hours, a top 10 result in the Silver Cup, much more was possible from the event but gearbox failure early on and then a wheel-bearing problem during the latter stages prevented hopes of silverware.

“I’m glad to be getting back to the track this weekend”, said Hutchison, “It was great to see the chequered flag for the first time in the 24 hours, but overall it was a disappointing outcome as we had the pace for a lot more. All of us performed strongly and the car was working well, as it did at Paul Ricard. I’m really hoping we can take that forward to Hockenheim and be able to challenge.”

Having started the season with eighth place in Silver at Imola in Italy, the podium result in France really did get things back on track but after the chequered Spa weekend the Team WRT drivers are now eighth in the championship standings.

While he hasn’t experienced the Hockenheimring in a GT3 car before, Hutchison does have a small amount of knowledge of the track from 2017 when he made a successful debut in the one-make Audi TT Cup – securing a podium result, with his trophy presented by compatriot Allan McNish.

“It’s certainly been a while since I was last at Hockenheim, but it won’t take long to get back into the swing of things”, commented Hutchison, “I’m really looking forward to being back there, there are some good memories from the Audi TT Cup days and it is a great track with a good mix of challenges.

“The technical stuff should suit the handling of our car and I know we’re all equally determined to climb back up the championship table. Hopefully we can start well in free practice and carry some momentum into qualifying, that will be more important at Hockenheim than it was at Spa or Ricard.”

Free practice at the Hockenheimring will take place at 08.45 (UK time) on Saturday, 3rd September, with pre-qualifying starting at 13.05 (UK time). Final qualifying will get underway at 08.45 (UK time) on Sunday, 4th September, with the three-hour race following at 14.00 (UK time).

Live online streaming of the action will be available here: https://www.gt-world-challenge-europe.com/watch-live

2022 GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – Silver Cup Standings

8th Finlay Hutchison/Diego Menchaca/Lewis Proctor, 24pts

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