Start of hostilities at the Lausitzring

27 cars, around a hundred drivers. The season kicks off at the German complex built a hundred kilometers from Berlin.

Published on 04/05/2024 à 10:28

Dominique Dricot

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Start of hostilities at the Lausitzring

Lamera Cup

Lamera Cup 2024 edition, here we go. The first of seven meetings scheduled for calendar takes place a stone's throw from Berlin, on May 3-4-5 in what was once called East Germany. “ Our desire is to introduce as many circuits as possible to our competitors. », Explains Julien Debin, one of the kingpins of the organization.

With the Lausitzring, they are served in terms of exoticism. Even though almost 35 years have passed since the fall of the communist empire, the road from the German capital is a reminder of how this part of the Iron Curtain lived in a gray and poor world during the Cold War. Fortunately, many initiatives have emerged to make up for lost time. Including this imposing complex dedicated to motor sports, located not far from the Polish and Czech borders. This circuit also left its mark in 2001 when, in the space of a few months, Michele Alboreto died during private tests with Audi for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while his compatriot Alex Zanardi lost both his legs in a terrible contact with another competitor on the oval during a round of the Cart championship.

This weekend, the route will call for much less hectic, but very exciting battles. “ We will have to be fine in our trajectories, recalls our interlocutor. In many places the asphalt is bumpy. Which will require delicate steering to avoid putting too much strain on the suspensions. ».

We also note that this 4110 meter track, made up of two straight lines, sometimes offers technical portions, sometimes curves where you can weld the accelerator pedal. This is promising.

This Friday, the newcomers to the Lamera Cup were entitled to excellent coaching to avoid the pitfalls of the route. But the serious things begin this Saturday, May 4 with a long private testing session, then 70 minutes of qualifying practice. Race 1 will take place between 14 and 18 p.m. Sunday, race 2 will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., then from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. Add it all up: over a hundred competitors will be snorting happily for 11 hours on one of Germany's most famous circuits. An extremely invigorating introduction to be enjoyed without moderation.

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