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ADAC GT Masters Hockenheim – Race Reports

Audi Domination Continues

 

Race 1

 

Right away from the green light, the Audis of Cesar Campanico and Jan Seyffarth went into an intense battle for the lead. Seyffarth took the lead from the Portuguese pole sitter in the first corner and didn’t surrender it until his mandatory pit stop, when he handed the R8 LMS to Christian Abt. After the round of pit stops, Abt had to fight with his penalty weight that the car received after winning both races at the TT Assen. Abt had to surrender his lead to Nicolas Armindo, who in the meantime took the place of Campanico behind the wheel of the R8. The Frenchman took the first win of the Rosberg R8 after little more than an hour race time.

 

 

Third place went to the Ford GT of Walter Lechner Jr. and Christoffer Nygaard. The good finish came in part by a superb start of Nygaard, when he was able to move through the field quickly. Fourth place went to the Argo Audi R8 LMS, posting a finish on his first outing. Fifth and sixth place went to the Corvettes of Hennerici/Ludwig and Seiler/Hohenadel. The Ascari of Matzke/ Knoop finished seventh ahead of the Audi of Sakon Yamamoto and Oliver Mayer. These were the first points for the former F1 driver Yamamoto.

 

 

Race 2

 

For Race two Christian Abt was starting from Pole, alongside him was the Audi of Nicolas Armindo. The Frenchman was able to take the lead in the first lap of the race. At the end of the parabolic straight, the Ascari of Martin Matzke crashed into the Corvette of Hohenadel; turning his Ascari into a three wheeler and taking out the Vette. Also affected by this crash was the second Porsche of Mühlner Motorsport and the Ford GT of Harald Becker.  But on the fourth lap rain drops began to fall down, prompting all but one of the cars to come to the pits early and changing to rain tires. Only Jan Lammers in the Racing Team Holland Lamborghini stayed on his slick tires, hoping for a quick drying of the track.

 

 

Because of perfect work of the Abt team, Christian Abt was able to regain the lead, when Lammers came in for rain tires. Abt and Armindo were able to separate themselves from the other cars, leading already by 30 second when they came into the pits for the mandatory tire change. Jan Seyffarth and Cesar Campanico were able to keep the distance on their competitors. Behind them Michael Outzen and Frank Schmickler were battling for the final steps on the podium.

 

 

Jan Seyffarth drove home his third win of the season in the Abt Audi R8, making it four in a row for the new GT3 machine. Cesar Campanico crossed the finish line in third place, ahead of Frank Stippler, who was able to get past in Outzen, preventing from a 1-2-3 finish for the Audi. Outzen also lost his fourth place to the Argo Audi, finishing fifth. Sixth place went to the Alpina B6 GT3 on its GT Masters debut. The final points went to the Ford GT of Lecher jr. / Nygaard and the Ferrari of Grossmann / Kremer.

 

Christian Abt now leads the championship with 40 points, two ahead of Jan Seyffarth. Third is the Rosberg R8 of Armindo Campanico. Best non Audi Driver is the quartet of Tim Bergmeister / Frank Schmickler and Walter Lechner jr. / Christoffer Nygaard.

 

The next round of the German GT series takes place July 3rd – 5th.

 

Race one results

 

Race two results

 

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