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ADAC GT Masters, Red Bull Ring – Race Reports
Austrians Aplenty On The Podium

For the first time in the ADAC GT Masters history the German GT championship made the trek through the Alps to the Red Bull Ring.

In the qualifying session, Ferdinand Stuck scored his third consecutive pole-position, when he set the fastest time during the first part of the timed practice.

Thomas Jäger, making a guest appearance in the MS-Racing Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3, scored the first pole for the gullwing racer for Race 2.

Race One

The duo of Norbert Siedler and Christian Engelhart took an uncontested victory in the first one-hour race of the weekend. Their Porsche 911 GT3 R, fielded by MRS Team PZ Aschaffenburg, took the lead in the opening minutes of the race and never surrendered it; this also in part due to some superb driving by Engelhart in the first half hour, when heavy rain gave the drivers a lot of problems as all the cars started the race on slick tires and changed to the wet tires during their mandatory pit stops.

Local hero Andreas Zuber and his partner Lance David Arnold in their Heico-Motorsport Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 scored their first podium finish of the weekend by crossing the line in second; this coming despite Zuber going through the gravel at one point.

After a furious drive, coming from 24th position on the grid, the Phoenix-Pole Promotion Audi of Andreas Simonsen and Christopher Haase finished third. 

The race for the Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3 of Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck was over soon after the start, after a competitor hit the Lamborghini taking the championship leaders out of the race.

Race Two

After not finishing on Saturday the Stuck brothers Johannes and Ferdinand made up for their bad day on Sunday by winning their fourth race of the season. The two sons of Hans-Joachim Stuck were able to use some of the bad luck suffered by their competitors. Up until the mandatory pit stops the pole-sitting Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of MS Racing was leading the race, but shortly after Florian Stoll got in the car, the gullwing lost its lead to the Porsche 911 GT3 R of a-workx-Akrapovic, with Sebastian Asch behind the wheel.

But then, with 20 minutes to go, Asch slowed down on the track with a failure in the driveshaft area; this then handed the lead to the Stuck Lamborghini. Second place went to the BMW Alpina B6 GT3 of Alexandros Margaritis and Dino Lunardi, ahead of the local heroes Dominik Baumann and Harald Proczyk in the Heico-SLS.

The long-leading MS Racing SLS finished in fifth after also being handed a drive trough penalty for an infringement during their pit stop. One place ahead of the gullwing, former Ski Jumper Sven Hannawald and former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished in fourth position.

By winning their fourth race of the season Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck still lead the championship ahead of Alexandros Margaritis and Dino Lunardi.

Third and fourth championship position is made up of the two Abt Audis, with Christopher Mies / Luca Ludwig being one place better than their teammates Christer Jöns / Jens Klingmann.

The next race of the ADAC GT Masters takes place September 2nd – 4th at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

Sören Herweg