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ADAC GT Masters, Assen - Race Reports

The Perfect Weekend For Abt Sportsline

 

Race One

 

 

Jan Seyffarth, who started the Abt Audi R8 from pole position, was able to separate himself from his competitors from the first lap on, while Toni Seiler, who started second, had to hold off the Audis of Nicolas Armindo and Michael Outzen. But, on the third lap, Armindo was able to get past the Corvette and was able to put some air between himself and Seiler, who was still fighting Outzen. Behind that battle Luca Ludwig, Norman Knop and Frank Schmickler started to fight for the fifth to seventh places.

 

 

In the mid-pack an all-Scandinavian battle took place, as Stian Sorlie and Christoffer Nygaard were driving their ways into the point ranks. After the round of pit stops were finished Christian Abt, now driving the family owned Audi, was leading the race ahead of his marque mate Cesar Campanico in one of the Rosberg Audis.

 

 

Two laps before the waving of the chequered flag the two Audis came across the start and finish side by side, but Abt still kept his lead and managed to hold off the Portuguese until the end. The first win for the Audi R8 LMS in Germany came with the team that was in charge of developing the new GT3 challenger, Abt Sportsline - but they were not able to claim the first win anywhere for the car, as that honour had gone to the Phoenix Belgian Audi Club R8 just two hours earlier at Spa.

 

 

Third place went to the Corvette of Christian Hohenadel and Toni Seiler.

 

 

The championship leading duo of Marc Hennerici and Luca Ludwig finished eighth, getting only one point. The Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S of 2008 champion Tim Bergmeister crashed out of the race on Lap 18. 

 

Race Two

 

 

Frank Kechele, who placed the Argo Racing Lamborghini Gallardo in first place for the second race of the weekend, was able to put some air between himself and his competitors in the opening stage of the race; but after suffering problems with the traction control the young German lost more and more ground. So not a good final race for the Lamborghini, as Argo Racing is awaiting the delivery of its Audi R8 this upcoming week.

 

 

Christian Hohenadel kept the first position until his pit stop, holding of Christian Abt who was pressured by Martin Matzke in the Ascari. The Ascari was on its way to a his first podium finish in the German GT series, but the team only pitted for 54.9 seconds and was way short of the mandatory 60 seconds, letting the Ascari falling out of contention.

 

 

Toni Seiler, driving his Corvette, was still able to control his lead on a charging Jan Seyffarth. The former UPS Porsche Junior finally got close to the Swiss with 10 minutes left on the clock, but still couldn’t find a way past the Vette; until, that was, the final two corners of the race, when the former LMS GT1 champion failed to accelerate sufficiently, giving Seyffarth a chance to pass him for the second Abt Audi win of the weekend. Third place went to the Phoenix Audi R8 of Michael Outzen and Henri Moser.

 

 

Christian Abt is now leading the championship, one point ahead of the old leaders Marc Hennerici and Luca Ludwig, after the two young Germans didn’t finish race two.

 

The next round of the GT Masters takes place at Hockenheim, June 5th – 7th. 

 

Full resultsRace One, Race Two

 

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