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ADAC GT Masters, Sachsenring – Race Report
Tim Bergmeister Wins The Championship

Tim Bergmeister travelled to the Sachsenring with a 13 point lead over Christopher Haase and Albert von Thurn und Taxis. This meant that the older Bergmeister couldn’t just race for the finish, as there was still a chance of being caught.

The first of the two one hour races was won by the Hexis Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 of Christian Hohenadel and Fred Makowiecki; this marked the first victory for the British manufacture in the German series. Klaus Ludwig and Dominik Schwager finished second ahead of the Lamborghini Gallardo of Haase/ von T&T. But because Schwager and Ludwig were guest drivers the two young Germans were awarded the eight points for the second place. Fourth place was taken by Jeroen and Sebastian Bleekemolen, the two Dutch brothers showing once again how fast they are. The other brother pairing in the Mühlner Porsche, the Bergmeisters, finished sixth, but took home the four points for the fifth place. So the Championship wasn’t decided after Saturday’s race, as Tim Bergmeister had only a nine point advantage.

The second race of the weekend was won by FIA GT regulars, Roman Rusinov and Peter Kox. The Lambo duo, who had to sit out three rounds of the championship, closed out their GT Masters year in style. Second place went to the previous day’s winners, Makowiecki and Hohenadel, making this their best weekend of this year’s Hexis campaign in the Masters. The third place trophy went to Schwager and Ludwig; the two Germans finishing with five podium finishes in six entered races - a pretty good résumé. But only at one weekend could they score points.

Last years Champion Christopher Haase, together with his partner Albert von Thurn und Taxis, finished fourth. So the championship was decided, as they had to finish in first and hope for some kind of problems for the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S of the Bergmeisters.

The two Brothers finished sixth, ahead of the other Mühlner Brother pairing, the Bleekemolens.

The title for Tim Bergmeister marked his first major racing championship. This was also the first championship in a decade for Mühlner Motorsport.

Bur the Belgian team missed out on the team title by just one point, as they finished second to the Team Flatex-Reiter. The Porsche manufacturer’s cup went also to Tim Bergmeister, while the Lamborghini cup went to the championship runner ups, Christopher Haase & Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

The second season of the German GT Championship closed out in good fashion. The grid had an average of more than 20 cars per race, which is a good improvement over last year’s average. The series now sets its sights on 2009, which should see eight rounds and 16 races. Also, a German GT4 Cup is supposed to support the series at four rounds.

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