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ADAC GT Masters, Sachsenring - Race Reports
Lamborghini And Audi Take Home The Trophies

For the second round of the 2010 ADAC GT Masters 19 cars made their way to the Sachsenring. The second Reiter Lamborghini LP-560 GT3 and one of the S-Berg Racing Alpina B6 were missing from the entry list. For the first race of the weekend Luca Ludwig took pole position, while his co-driver Christopher Mies scored the pole for the second heat of the weekend.

Race One

The first half of the race was clearly dominated by pole-sitter Luca Ludwig in the Abt-Sportsline Audi R8 LMS, and he handed over the car with a comfortable lead of about ten seconds to Christopher Mies. Behind Mies Peter Kox was charging through the field. The Dutchman’s partner Albert von Thurn und Taxis started the car from seventh and handed the Lamborghini Gallardo over to Kox in fourth position.

After Kox was behind the wheel of the Lamborghini no other driver was safe, and with a few minutes to go Kox charged by Mies to take the lead and never surrendered it. Christopher Mies was able to hold onto second place and brought the car home for the duo’s first podium finish of the season.

Third place was taken by the Ascari KZ1-R of Roland Rehfeld and Norman Knoop.

In a very interesting fight Martin Karlhofer and Sascha Bert took the fourth place by pressing by the Porsche of the Bergmeisters, Jörg and Tim, who were sharing a Mühlner Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 R for the weekend. Karlhofer is a graduate of the first round of the OPC Race Camp, which enables amateur racers to race in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Karlhofer drove for the Race Camp in 2008 and was signed by Volkswagen for their Scirocco attack to the Ring 24 and won his class.

Sixth and seventh place went to the Audi R8 LMS of Jimmy Johansson/ Heiko Hammel and Michael Ammermüller/Kenneth Heyer. The final point was awarded to the Porsche of Frank Schmickler and Charlie Geipel, brother of FIA GT3 Argo driver Philip Geipel.

Race Two

From the get-go Thomas Jäger in the Callaway-Corvette charged by Christopher Mies’ Audi and took the lead ahead of the first corner. Jäger, driving on his home track, was able to put some ground between him and the pack.

At the pit stop, Jäger handed over the Corvette Z.06 GT3 over to Sven Hannawald. The former Ski-jumping Olympic winner had a pretty comfortable lead but was soon hunted down by Christopher Mies, who was much quicker than Hannawald.

Mies never gave up his lead and took the chequered flag after little more than one hour, giving a special birthday present to Abt-Sportsline team boss Christian Abt.

Hannawald took home second place, scoring his first podium finish in the ADAC GT Masters. Martin Karlhofer and Sascha Bert finished their first weekend in the ADAC GT Masters with a third place finish.

Fourth place went to the Alpina duo Andreas Wirth and Martin Matzke, while fifth went to Charlie Geipel and Frank Schmickler in one of the Mühlner Porsche. Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis finished their weekend in sixth place; their pit stop time had been less than a second shorter than the mandatory pit time, and so von Thurn and Taxis received a penalty, throwing them out of the contention for the win. Heiko Hammel and Jimmy Johansson finished seventh ahead of Tim and Jörg Bergmeister.

After races three and four of the season Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis have the lead in the ADAC GT Masters championship ahead of Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies. Third place in the championship standings is occupied by Nicholas Kentenich and Sebastian Asch. Sven Hannawald is leading the amateur championship ahead of Roland van de Laar and Toni Seiler.

The next round of the ADAC GT Masters takes place on May 28th - 30th at Hockenheim.

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