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ADAC GT Masters, Zolder – Race Report
The Stucks And The Alpina Take The Spoils

In qualifying for races five and six of the ADAC GT Masters, Ferdinand Stuck took pole for the first race of the weekend on a very wet Zolder circuit. Pole position for the second race went to Daniel Dobitsch - the young Italian being able to trick himself onto pole, when the Fach Auto Tech team sent him out on slicks which enabled him to set the Porsche 911 GT3 R on the top starting spot.

Race One

Right from the green light Ferdinand Stuck in the Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo Lp600+ GT3 was able to separate himself from his competitors and when he turned the raging bull over to his older brother Johannes he had already build up a gap of 15 seconds plus on the second placed Alpina of Alexandros Margaritis and Dino Lunardi.

Johannes Stuck then controlled their lead and after 60 minutes took the second victory of the season for the Stuck sons. An uncontested second place went to the Alpina BMW B6 GT3 of Lunardi and Margaritis.

The fight for the final spot on the podium was an intense one going into the final lap. Philip Geipel, in another Reiter Lamborghini, challenged Christopher Mies in one of the Abt Audis for third place, but Geipel slid into the gravel at the first corner. Geipel and his partner Albert von Thurn und Taxis crossed the line in eighth place.

Fourth place went to the Heico-SLS of Lance David Arnold and Andreas Zuber, ahead of the Phoenix-Audi of Andreas Simonsen and Christopher Haase. The second Engstler Alpina, of Alex Plenagl and Florian Spengler, finished in sixth place. Andreas Wirth and Christiaan Frankenhout took seventh place, while ninth went to the second Phoenix-Audi, Stefan Landmann and Rene Rast sharing drivers duties. The best placed Porsche was the one of Sebastian Asch and Michael Ammermüller in tenth.

Race Two

The start of the second race started with a big crash, when Frank Kechele’s Reiter Lamborghini and Rene Rast’s Phoenix Racing Audi got together, taking both cars out of the race and forcing the race control to deploy the safety car. When the safety car went back into the pit lane Daniel Dobitsch was able to defend his lead, but in the end had to surrender it to Christopher Haase, in the second Phoenix-Audi, and Dino Lunardi in the Alpina.

Haase kept his lead until after the round of pit stops, but because their total time in the pits was two seconds short of the mandatory 70 seconds, his partner Andreas Simonsen had to come back in the pits for a stop and go penalty. The penalty for the Audi handed the lead to Alexandros Margaritis in the BMW Alpina.

It seemed that Margaritis was driving towards a secure victory, but was challenged in the closing stages by Albert von Thurn und Taxis. When the checkered flag fell Margaritis took his second victory of the season, ahead of the Lamborghini of Philip Geipel and Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

After their big shunt at the Sachsenring Kenneth Heyer and Robert Renauer were able to celebrate their first podium finish of the season, bringing their Black Falcon SLS home in third.

Fourth place was awarded to the Heico-SLS of Christiaan Frankenhout and Andreas Wirth. Dennis Vollmair and David Mengesdorf finished fifth ahead of the pole-sitting Porsche 911 GT3 R of Daniel Dobitsch and Swen Dolenc. Harald Proczyk and Dominik Baumann in another Heico-SLS finished seventh ahead of the Farnbacher-Ferrari F458 GT3, driven by Niclas Kentenich and Marco Seefried. The penalised Chrisopher Haase and Andreas Simonsen finished ninth, ahead of the MS Racing SLS of Florian Stoll and David Sigacev.

The new championship leader is the Alpina of Lunardi and Margaritis, ahead of the Abt Audi of Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies. The two Stucks, Ferdinand and Johannes, are third. The next round of the GT Masters is at the Nürburgring, July 8th – 10th.

Sören Herweg