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ADAC GT Masters - Nurburgring

Race 1

Rast/Mamerow win as rain makes Nürburgring race a lottery

Typical Eifel weather contrived to turn the first of two ADAC GT Masters races on the Nürburgring sprint circuit, staged as part of the ADAC Truck Grand Prix weekend, into something of a lottery. In difficult conditions that started out wet and then gradually dried out, René Rast and Christian Mamerow in their Audi R8 notched up the first victory of the season for the four-ringed marque. The BMW Alpina B6 of Dino Lunardi and Maxime Martin crossed the line in a photo finish with the Schütz Motorsport Porsche 911 driven by Christian Engelhart and Sean Edwards, both of them just 1.6 seconds behind the winning car. “You need a certain amount of skill to win, but also a bit of luck, and we had that today,” said Mamerow afterwards, clearly delighted with his maiden ADAC Masters victory.

The 40 drivers on the grid for the seventh round of the 2012 Super Sports Car League had to wait until the end of the second lap before they could put their foot down, with the race started behind the safety car because of standing water on the track. As the safety car pulled into the pit lane at the end of Lap 2, René Rast seized his chance; while still in the Mercedes Arena, the Audi driver overtook the MS Racing Mercedes of pole-sitter Sebastian Asch on the outside in spectacular fashion. Once he had gained the lead, Rast used all his experience on a waterlogged Nürburgring to open up an 8.1-second lead over the pursuing Asch before handing over to team-mate Mamerow.

During the second stint, the track was gradually drying out despite the occasional rain shower, and Mamerow came under pressure. Maxime Martin in a BMW ALPINA and Sean Edwards in a Porsche 911 began to close the gap but ultimately had to settle for second and third. “The start of the race was tremendous fun,” said race winner Rast. “I was amazed that Sebastian Asch took such an extreme inside line, which allowed me to overtake him comfortably on the outside. After that, I pushed as hard as I could in order to build as big a lead as possible.” In the second stint, Christian Mamerow had to contend not only with pressure from behind but also nurse his wet tyres on the drying track. “I was constantly having to seek out wet patches to conserve my tyres, while at the same time taking care to keep the chasing bunch at a distance. One of the tail-enders held me up a bit, so in the end it was rather more exciting than I would have liked.”

With their fourth place, Heicos Christiaan Frankenhout and Kenneth Heyer just missed out on a podium but had the consolation of knowing that they were the quickest of the Mercedes pairings. Finishing one place behind were defending champions Alexandros Margaritis and Lance David Arnold in the Polarweiss Heico SLS, who will at least be relieved to have secured their best result of the season to date. Margaritis pulled past the Schubert BMW Z4 of Claudia Hürtgen and Dominik Schwager on the last lap to push them down to sixth.

Sebastian Asch and team-mate Maximilian Götz were left to rue a missed opportunity. After holding on to second position throughout the first stint, Asch arrived seven seconds late for the driver changeover and was hit with a stop-and-go penalty. Running on slicks on a drying track, Götz clawed his way back up to seventh place.

Finishing eighth and ninth respectively, the Heico Mercedes SLS AMGs of Dominik Baumann / Hari Proczyk and Andreas Simonsen/ Maximilian Buhk ensured a respectable team result for team. All of the Gullwings entered by Nürburgring-based outfit got into the points in their home race. The last pair into the Top Ten were Farnbacher/ Eset’s Mario Farnbacher and Niclas Kentenich who managed to score a point in their first outing with a brand new Porsche 911; this was despite having been given a time penalty for an incident at the start of the race.

Fach Tech Porsche driver Swen Dolenc had a convincing victory in the amateur classification. The Porsche dealer ended the race a good 13 seconds up on the Young Driver Aston Martin V12 Vantage in second place driven by Kristian Poulsen who currently leads the amateur championship. A time penalty robbed Poulsen of a possible victory when he was handed a drive-through after his Aston Martin made contact with the Callaway Comp Corvette of points  leader Diego Alessi leader. In third place and making it onto the amateur podium for the first time was René Bourdeaux from Munich in a Team GT3 Kasko Porsche 911.

Race 1 Result
 
1 40 Mamerow Racing René Rast / Christian Mamerow Audi R8 LMS ultra 35 laps 1:01:07.835
2 1 Alpina Dino Lunardi/ Maxime Martin BMW Alpina B6 GT3 + 1.628
3 36 Team Geyer&Weinig EDV-Unternehmensberatung/ Schütz Motorsport Christian Engelhart/ Sean Edwards Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1.642
4 7 Heico Motorsport Kenneth Heyer/ Christiaan Frankenhout Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 17.962
5 10 Schöner Wohnen Polarweiss Team Heico Alexandros Margaritis/ Lance David Arnold Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 20.068
6 20 Schubert Motorsport Dominik Schwager/ Claudia Hürtgen BMW Z4 GT3 + 23.839
7 5 kfzteile24 MS Racing Team Sebastian Asch/ Maximilian Götz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 36.054
8 8 Heico Motorsport Harald Proczyk/ Dominik Baumann Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 40.066
9 9 Heico Junior Team Maximilian Buhk/ Andreas Simonsen Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 41.912
10 6 Farnbacher ESET Racing Niclas Kentenich/ Mario Farnbacher Porsche 911 GT3 R + 48.954
11 15 Fach Auto Tech Martin Ragginger/ Swen Dolenc Porsche 911 GT3 R + 49.751
12 11 Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport David Mengesdorf/ Raffael Bader Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 1:00.587
13 33 Young Driver AMR Kristian Poulsen/ Christoffer Nygaard Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 35 + 1:02.063
14 19 Schubert Motorsport Abdulaziz Al Faisal/ Mirko Bortolotti BMW Z4 GT3 + 1:05.833
15 32 Young Driver AMR Johannes Stuck/ Ferdinand Stuck Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 + 1:11.580
16 23 WestCoast Racing Martin Matzke/ Fredrik Lestrup BMW Z4 GT3 + 1:13.221
17 31 Schulze Motorsport Tobias Schulze/ Michael Schulze Nissan GT-R GT3 + 1:14.321
18 42 SMS Seyffarth Motorsport Jan Seyffarth/ Maximilian Mayer Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 1:15.315
19 29 Frogreen CO2 neutral Nicki Thiim/ Robert Renauer Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1:19.431
20 26 Team GT3 Kasko René Bourdeaux/ Alfred Renauer Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1:20.249
21 3 InternetX-Reiter Engineering Stefan Rosina/ Albert von Thurn und Taxis Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 1:30.375
22 41 DB Motorsport Simon Knap/ Jeroen den Boer BMW Z4 GT3 + 1:30.577
23 2 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Johannes Leidinger/ Florian Spengler BMW Alpina B6 GT3 + 1:32.886
24 4 kfzteile24 MS Racing Team Daniel Dobitsch/ Florian Stoll Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 2:00.548
25 17 Callaway Competition Remo Lips/ Frank Schmickler Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 1 lap
26 43 GRT Grasser Racing Team Gottfried Grasser/ Daniel Bohr Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 1 lap
27 16 Fach Auto Tech Otto Klohs/ Andrina Gugger Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1 lap
28 18 Callaway Competition Toni Seiler/ Frank Kechele Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 1 lap
29 22 Prosperia uhc speed Luca Ludwig/ Christian Abt Audi R8 LMS ultra + 1 lap
30 37 Gemballa Racing Sascha Bert/ Christopher Brück McLaren MP4-12C GT3 + 1 lap
31 35 YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer Charlie Geipel/ Achim Winter Chevrolet Camaro GT + 1 lap
32 44 Heico-Gravity Charouz Team Erik Janis/ Jan Stovicek Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 1 lap
33 28 Callaway Competition Diego Alessi/ Daniel Keilwitz Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 2 laps
34 25 Team GT3 Kasko Georg Engelhardt/ Marco Seefried Porsche 911 GT3 R + 2 laps
35 14 MRS GT-Racing Christian Ott/ Philipp Eng McLaren MP4-12C GT3 + 2 laps
36 34 YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer Max Sandritter/ Christian Bracke Chevrolet Camaro GT + 3 laps
37 27 Callaway Competition Heinz-Harald Frentzen/ Andreas Wirth Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 6 laps
38 21 Prosperia uhc speed Edward Sandström/ Christopher Mies Audi R8 LMS ultra + 7 laps

DNF
39 12Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo Oleg Petrishin / Korbinian Baier 
40 38 Lambda Performance Ford GT Jesse Krohn/ Nicolas Verdonck

Race 2

Win for Lunardi/Martin secures ‘half-time title’ in ADAC GT Masters

Rain just before the start, a cloudburst at the end of the first stint and blue skies as the cars crossed the finish line. The Eifel weather ran through its full repertoire for the eighth race of the 2012 ADAC GT Masters.

Coping best with the changing conditions were defending champions Dino Lunardi and Maxime Martin who not only took their second winners’ trophy of the season but now also top the championship table. Runners-up in Sunday’s race were MS Racing’s Sebastian Asch and Maximilian Götz in their Mercedes ahead of Saturday’s victorious partnership of Mamerow Racing pair René Rast and Christian Mamerow in their Audi R8.

Winner Maxime Martin summed up: “Our car was perfect in the heavy rain, but towards the end, as the track started to dry out, we were getting a bit worried. In fact, we were relieved that the race didn’t go on for another couple of laps.”

Starting on a rain-drenched track, pole-sitter Maximilian Götz in his Mercedes SLS AMG held onto the lead for only the first two laps. On lap three, Maxime Martin, who started from third on the grid in his Alpina BMW, accelerated past the black Gullwing and into the lead.

However, the Belgian was unable to pull away to any significant extent from the pursuing Götz. It was only after 20 minutes as heavy rain set in and towards the end of the first stint that Martin succeeded in increasing the gap to 5.1 seconds. But after Martin handed over to Dino Lunardi, the defending champion then went on to consolidate the lead. Toward the end of the race, the track began to dry out. Sebastian Asch sensed an opportunity and began to catch his opponent. But the son of touring car legend Roland Asch ran out of laps to catch the Alpina and had to content himself with taking the chequered flag 2.1 seconds behind.

Lunardi and Martin’s second win of the season puts them back at the top of the championship table, crowning them with the unofficial title of the ‘halftime’ champions after 8 of 16 races. Maxime Martin: “Our car performed really well in the heavy rain. The drying track benefited the Mercedes more, making things a bit tight for us later on.” Lunardi: “I was struggling toward the end of the race and was completely focused on just getting the car over the finishing line.”

Also putting in a strong performance to master the difficult conditions were René Rast and Christian Mamerow. Starting from twelfth on the grid in an Audi R8, the previous day’s winners worked their way through the field to end up in second place on the podium, ahead of the Schütz Motorsport Porsche 911 of Christian Engelhart and Sean Edwards.

In the amateur stakes, Fach Auto Tech’s Swen Dolenc driving a Porsche 911 can look back on a successful weekend in the Eifel. This win was not only his second in the amateur classification but also the best result yet for him and his partner Martin Ragginger in the overall rankings – a P5 finish. At the halfway stage in the season, Dolenc once again occupies the top spot in the amateur championship. Joining him on the amateur podium were Young Drive Aston Martin V12 Vantage driver Kristian Poulsen and Team GT3 Kasko Porsche 911 man René Bourdeaux.

Best-placed of the BMW Z4s was the Schubert car driven by Claudia Hürtgen and Dominik Schwager. They finished sixth ahead of Robert Renauer / Nicki Thiim in the Frogreen CO2 neutral Porsche 911 and Heico’s Andreas Simonsen/ Maximilian Buhk in a Mercedes SLS.

Young Driver’s Kristian Poulsen and Christoffer Nygaard who acquitted themselves so well at the Sachsenring, steered their Aston Martin V12 Vantage across the line in ninth. Christiaan Frankenhout and Kenneth Heyer came through strongly in the final minutes of the race, posting the fastest lap times of all in their Heico Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, to finish tenth and claim the last of the championship points.

Race 2 Result

1 1 Alpina Maxime Martin/ Dino Lunardi BMW Alpina B6 GT3 36 laps 1:01:19.818
2 5 kfzteile24 MS Racing Team Maximilian Götz/ Sebastian Asch Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 2.191
3 40 Mamerow Racing René Rast/ Christian Mamerow Audi R8 LMS ultra + 19.383
4 36 Team Geyer&Weinig EDV-Unternehmensberatung/ Schütz Motorsport Christian Engelhart / Sean Edwards Porsche 911 GT3 R + 23.433
5 15 Fach Auto Tech Swen Dolenc/ Martin Ragginger Porsche 911 GT3 R + 30.734
6 20 Schubert Motorsport Dominik Schwager / Claudia Hürtgen BMW Z4 GT3 + 30.982
7 29 Frogreen CO2 neutral Nicki Thiim/ Robert Renauer Porsche 911 GT3 R + 31.750
8 9 Heico Junior Team Andreas Simonsen/ Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3  + 41.544
9 33 Young Driver AMR Christoffer Nygaard / Kristian Poulsen Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 + 42.005
10 7 Heico Motorsport Kenneth Heyer/ Christiaan Frankenhout Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 51.623
11 8 Heico Motorsport Dominik Baumann/ Harald Proczyk Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3  + 53.785
12 10 Schöner Wohnen Polarweiss Team Heico Lance David Arnold/ Alexandros Margaritis Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3  + 55.566
13 11 Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport David Mengesdorf/ Raffael Bader Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 57.135
14 21 Prosperia uhc speed Edward Sandström / Christopher Mies Audi R8 LMS ultra + 1:07.102
15 4 kfzteile24 MS Racing Team Florian Stoll / Daniel Dobitsch Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 1:08.385
16 19 Schubert Motorsport Abdulaziz Al Faisal / Mirko Bortolotti BMW Z4 GT3 + 1:10.723
17 42 SMS Seyffarth Motorsport Maximilian Mayer/ Jan Seyffarth Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 + 1:11.365
18 38 Lambda Performance Nicolas Verdonck/ Jesse Krohn Ford GT GT3 + 1:23.001
19 23 WestCoast Racing Martin Matzke/ Fredrik Lestrup BMW Z4 GT3 + 1:24.146
20 37 Gemballa Racing Sascha Bert/ Christopher Brück McLaren MP4-12C GT3 + 1:29.024
21 26 Team GT3 Kasko Alfred Renauer/ René Bourdeaux Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1:38.771
22 27 Callaway Competition Andreas Wirth/ Heinz-Harald Frentzen Corvette Z06.R GT3 +1:59.550
23 18 Callaway Competition Toni Seiler/ Frank Kechele Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 1 lap
24 2 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Florian Spengler/ Johannes Leidinger BMW Alpina B6 GT3 + 1 lap
25 14 MRS GT-Racing Christian Ott/ Philipp Eng McLaren MP4-12C GT3 + 1 lap
26 32 Young Driver AMR Johannes Stuck/ Ferdinand Stuck Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3  + 1 lap
27 17 Callaway Competition Frank Schmickler/ Remo Lips Corvette Z06.R GT3 + 1 lap
28 31 Schulze Motorsport Michael Schulze/ Tobias Schulze Nissan GT-R GT3 + 1 lap
29 16 Fach Auto Tech Otto Klohs / Andrina Gugger Porsche 911 GT3 R + 1 lap
30 3 InternetX-Reiter Engineering Albert von Thurn und Taxis/ Stefan Rosina Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 1 lap
31 44 Heico-Gravity Charouz team Erik Janis/ Jan Stovicek Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3  + 1 lap
32 34 YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer Christian Bracke/ Max Sandritter Chevrolet Camaro GT + 2 laps 
33 6 Farnbacher ESET Racing Mario Farnbacher/ Niclas Kentenich Porsche 911 GT3 R + 2 laps
34 41 DB Motorsport  Jeroen den Boer/ Simon Knap BMW Z4 GT3 + 2 laps
35 43 GRT Grasser Racing Team Daniel Bohr / Gottfried Grasser Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 2 laps
36 12 Team rhino's Leipert Motorsport Oleg Petrishin/ Korbinian Baier Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ + 3 laps

DNF

37 28 Callaway Competition Corvette Z06.R GT3  Diego Alessi / Daniel Keilwitz
38 25 Team GT3 Kasko Porsche 911 GT3 R Georg Engelhardt / Marco Seefried
39 22 Prosperia uhc speed Audi R8 LMS ultra Christian Abt Luca Ludwig »
40 35 YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer Chevrolet Camaro GT Charlie Geipel / Achim Winter