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ADAC GT Masters Lausitzring Race Report
Bergmeister Sweep

The two one-hour races of the ADAC GT Masters provided a lot of the drama and excitement that had sometimes been missing from the series earlier in the season.

In the first race, the pole-sitting Hexis Aston Martin, driven by Christian Hohenadel and Philippe Dumas, controlled the first half; until Dumas lost his 18 second lead with a spin. As a result, guest driver Jörg Bergmeister took over the lead and then went on to win his first race in the German GT championship. But the French Aston still managed to finish second. Last year’s champion Christopher Haase and his partner Albert von Thurn und Taxis took the final podium step. Tim Bergmeister was thus able to increase his champion ship lead from three to seven points. Fourth place was occupied by the Argo Racing Lamborghini of Sebastian Asch and Frank Schmickler.

The second MM Racing Corvette, driven by FIA GT regulars Stepan Vojtech and Adam Lacko, finish fifth ahead of the two other Mühlner Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S. The second Argo Gallardo finished in 8th place, after the team had to change their gearbox right after qualifying.

The second race lead was a total domination by the Bergmeister brothers. After Jörg Bergmeister handed a 15 second lead to his younger brother, Tim Bergmeister drove the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup safely home. But behind them a lot of racing and drama went on. The Reiter Lamborghini of Haase/ von Thurn und Taxis had a good first part of the race, but their performance declined rapidly in the second half, after the front splitter of the Gallardo was broken.

The Hexis Aston Martin, one of the Argo Lambos and one of the Toni Seiler Corvettes took advantage of this and finished in front of them. So Haase and von Thurn und Taxis lost a lot of points in the championship race. They now trail Tim Bergmeister by 13 points going into the final weekend at the Sachsenring. With 20 points still available, a lot of exciting racing should be taking place at the Sachsenring, September 19th – 21st.

Matech Racing brought two of its Ford GTs to the Lausitzring, but the German-Swiss Combo was done for the weekend before the first lap of the first race was completed. Thomas Mutsch and Georg Nolte weren’t even able to join the starting grid, while a crash on the opening lap of race one forced a withdrawal of the Ford GT of Marc Hennerici and Kenneth Heyer; a suspension part having broken that couldn’t be fixed at the track.

Sören Herweg