Starting his week with a trip to Germany, Jack joined up with the Audi Sport team at the infamous Nürburgring as the series supported the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. Scorching temperatures and clear blue skies made perfect racing conditions but turned the car into a sauna.
Kick starting the action on Thursday; Jack began the weekend with a fifty-minute practice to build on his experience in the car and learn the new track, before beginning the task of shaving his lap times off. A good practice and qualifying saw Jack close the gap to first place by almost a second compared to the results of Hockenheim three weeks earlier, highlighting the MB Partners’ Young Driver’s progress in the car.
Audi Sport TT Cup
The first race on Friday saw Jack get off to a good start as he maintained his position through lap one. As drivers struggled and made errors on the track, Jack drove a solid race and moved up the standings. A safety car after the first lap saw action get underway again a few laps later, only for Tommaso Mosca to lose control of his Audi TT and smash into the barrier, causing a red flag to be brought out after only a few laps of racing. With the race ending so early, no points were registered for the first race of the weekend, despite Jack coming home three positions better off than his starting position.
Still with limited running time on the track and in the car, Jack worked hard prior to Saturday’s race with driver coach, Kieren Clark, to understand how he could improve in the weekend’s second race. A more confident Jack Manchester got into the car prior to the morning’s race and this confidence was shown on the track. A similar start to race one saw Jack get off the line well, improve his position and keep his nose out of any trouble. As other drivers fell off the track and fell behind Jack, the Surrey-based youngster did not let them past and held his position with great skill. Even though his counterparts possessed more experience with front-wheel drive, knew the circuits; Jack was matching them sector by sector and beat his fastest lap of the weekend more than five times in the race.
Another big crash saw Finlay Hutchison and Yannik Brandt come together, resulting in the race finishing behind the safety car due to damaged barriers. Crossing the line in 11th place concluded a fantastic second weekend in the Audi Sport TT Cup as Jack again closed the gap to the front runners and gained more confidence in his new surroundings.