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ADAC GT Masters, Eurospeedway Lausitz - Race Reports
The Crowning Of Prince Albert And Peter Kox


18 cars found their way to the Eurospeedway Lausitz for the fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters. The Ascari KZ1-R of Roland Rehfeld and Norman Knoop was out for the weekend after engine trouble hit the duo during the qualifying, nixing a race start. Pole Position for both races of the weekend went to the Lamborghini Gallardo of Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

Race 1

Right after the green flag for the ninth race of the season von Thurn und Taxis took the lead, the young German able to separate himself from the pack very quickly. When he turned the Lamborghini over to Peter Kox he had built up a 10 second gap. Kox himself managed the lead and took their third win of the season. Their dominance of the race was in part due to their good set up for the wet conditions.

Second and third went to the two Abt Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Mies and Luca Ludwig in second and Kuba Giermaziak and Jens Klingmann finishing third.

Places four through six also went to Audi R8 LMS making it six mid-engined cars in the first six places. The Pole Promotion Audi of Jimmy Johansson and Heike Hammel finished ahead of the two Rosberg Audis of Kenneth Heyer/Michael Ammermüller and Bernd Herndlhofer/Christopher Haase.

Seventh place went to the Corvette of Martin Karlhofer and Sascha Bert ahead of their team mates Sven Hannawald and Thomas Jäger.

Race 2

Their was no way by the Lamborghini Gallardo of Reiter Engineering for most of the weekend, with the duo Albert von Thurn und Taxis - Peter Kox scoring their second win of the weekend, but it wasn’t as dominant a race for them as the first one. Peter Kox handed the Lamborghini over with a comfortable lead but Albert von Thurn und Taxis was put under some heavy pressure by Tim Bergmeister in the lone Mühlner-Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 R.

But the young prince was able to hold of the elder Bergmeister until the flying of the chequered flag.

Bergmeister, plus his weekend partner Frank Schmickler, finished second making it the fourth podium finish of the season for Bergmeister and the second one for Schmickler. Third place went to the Corvette of Toni Seiler and Christian Hohenadel.

Bernd Herndlhofer and Christopher Haase finished fourth ahead of the A-Workx Porsche of Sebastian Asch and Niclas Kentenich. Sascha Bert and Martin Karlhofer scored sixth place. While Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies crossed the line in seventh place ahead of their teammates Giermaziak and Klingmann. Mies fell back in the opening laps of the race so their seventh place finish was damage control.

With their double victory of the weekend Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis were able to stretch their lead to 16 points over Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies.

Tim Bergmeister is third in the standings.

The next round of the ADAC GT Masters takes place August 26th through the 29th at the Nürburgring in support of the FIA GT1 World Championship. This will also mark the return of the Dodge Viper to the GT Masters. Vulkan Racing will field their Viper in the final two rounds of the German GT Championship, this coming after the team of Michael Mintgen made some developments to the car which have recently been homologated by the FIA. Schubert Motorsport is also planning to field their BMW Z4s, while Kessel Racing is going to bring their Ferrari F430 Scuderia GT3s to the Nürburgring; Johannes Stuck scheduled to drive one of the Italian beasts.

Sören Herweg