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ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring – Race Reports
S-Berg Racing Alpina All Weekend

Qualifying

Young Czech Martin Matzke secured his second pole-position of the season during qualifying for the sixth round of 2010 GT Masters season. Surprisingly second was Christiaan Frankenhout in the Rosberg Audi R8 LMS, in his first outing in the German GT championship.

Peter Kox set the best time during the qualification session for the second race of the weekend. Second was Christian Hohenadel in the Callaway Corvette Z06.R GT3.

Race One

Martin Matzke won the start of the race and was able to hold off Christian Frankenhout in the Rosberg Audi R8 LMS.

The Czech turned the green Alpina of S-Berg Racing over to former Champ-Car racer Andreas Wirth with a comfortable lead. Wirth controlled the gap to their closest competitors, the Abt-Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Mies and Luca Ludwig, until the falling of the chequered flag crossing the line with almost a ten second lead. This was the second ADAC GT Masters career win for Wirth who also won during the Nürburgring round last year and the first one for Matzke.

Second place went to Christopher Mies and Luca Ludwig, who were able to hold off six other competitors to make up ground on the championship leaders Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Peter Kox.

Niclas Kentenich and Sebastian Asch in their a-workx Porsche 997 GT3 R crossed the line in third ahead of the Rosberg-Audi of Kenneth Heyer and Michael Ammermüller. Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, subbing for Jan Lammers, and his partner Marius Ritskes finished in fifth place.

Jens Klingmann and Frank Kechele took sixth place ahead of the Ascari of Norman Knop and Roland Rehfeld. The final point was awarded to Toni Seiler and Christian Hohenadel.

For Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis the race was over after twenty laps. Peter Kox had a collision with Bernd Herndlhofer in the second Rosberg Audi R8 LMS. This not only resulted in a DNF but also in a five place grid penalty for race two for causing an avoidable collision.

Race Two

With the five place grid penalty for the Reiter Lamborghini the Corvette of Toni Seiler and Christian Hohenadel inherited pole, and moving up to second place was the race one winning Alpina B6 of Andreas Wirth and Martin Matzke.

Christian Hohenadel had to surrender his lead during the first lap to a hard charging Andreas Wirth in the Alpina.

Wirth was able to build a little gap onto Hohenadel but after the mandatory pit stop the yellow Corvette - now driven by Toni Seiler - took the lead and it already looked like an easy victory until rain started to fall. This enabled Martin Matzke in the Alpina to regain first place and also Niclas Kentenich to get past the ‘Vette.

Matzke and Wirth completed their clean sweep of the weekend by taking their second victory ahead of the Porsche of Sebastian Asch and Niclas Kentenich. Third place went to Toni Seiler and Christian Hohenadel.

After an exciting battle Tim Bergmeister and Frank Schmickler finished fourth ahead of the Lamborghini of Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

This meant damage control for Thurn und Taxis and Kox after their DNF in the first race, and the duo still hold onto their championship lead.

Sixth place went to the Abt Audi R8 LMS of Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies ahead of their Abt-Teammates Jens Klingmann and Frank Kechele. The final point was awarded to Kenneth Heyer and Michael Ammermüller.

Ahead of the season finale at Oschersleben October 1st-3rd Kox and von Thurn und Taxis hold a nine point advantage over Ludwig and Mies. The GT Masters title will be decided between those two driver line ups and will result in a first time champion of the ADAC GT Masters, but a repeat championship for either Abt-Sportsline or Reiter Engineering.

Race one result - here
Race two result - here

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