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ADAC GT Masters, Sachsenring – Race Reports
Bavarian Domination Continues

Race 1

At the start of the first race of the weekend, Christopher Mies took over first place from pole sitter Christopher Haase, who wasn’t taking any risks.

For Paolo Bonifacio, Thomas Neumann and Christopher Langen, the race was already over before it really started, as the three crashed into each other. Race control decided to send the safety car to neutralize the field.

At the restart Christopher Haase was able to move past Mies, with whom he shares an R8 LMS in the FIA GT3 championship. Behind them Nicolas Armindo, Luca Ludwig, Toni Seiler and Frank Schmickler were fighting for the running order of third to sixth place.

After the Pit Stops Haase’s teammate Henri Moser kept the first place for the sole Phoenix Audi R8 LMS. The young Swiss didn’t surrender his lead and crossed the finish line after an hour as the winner.

After taking over the Corvette Z06 GT3 from his partner Luca Ludwig, Marc Hennerici charged through the field to take second from Christian Abt in the closing stages of the race. Abt settled for third, even though he had to hold off a hard driving Christian Hohenadel in the final laps of the race.

Race 2

Pole sitter Peter Terting was able to take the lead at the start, with Marc Hennerici once again charging past some of the R8 LMSs to take second position. The young German was sandwiched between the two Abt Audi R8 LMS. But the race of the Vette was soon to be over, as Hennerici came into the pits with a suspension failure, leading to the retirement of the car. But also the leading R8 LMS was struck with bad luck, when Terting spun into the gravel pits in the Omega curve.

After the rounds of pit stops, Christopher Haase was once again in the lead, as Henri Moser did a superb opening stint of the race, staying out longer than his competitors and so enabling his partner to slip past Christian Abt and his partner Christopher Mies. The running order didn’t change until the finish, with Haase - Moser taking the second win of the weekend for Phoenix Racing, and the duo of Abt/Mies finishing second.

Third place went to the Argo Racing Audi of Frank Kechele and Tim Verbergt, ahead of Christian Hohenadel and Toni Seiler. This also means that Toni Seiler has won the amateur championship in the German Series, which is for the best placed bronze driver.

Former champion Tim Bergmeister, and his partner Frank Schmickler, finished fifth, which ruled them out of the contention for this year’s title.

The championship lead is still with Christian Abt, who has a commanding lead of eight points over Henri Moser, heading into the final round at Oschersleben, on October 16th- 18th.

Eleven points back is the Corvette duo of Luca Ludwig and Marc Hennerici. Toni Seiler, Christian Hohenadel and Jan Seyffarth still have a theoretical chance of winning the championship, but in Seyffarth’s case this is highly improbable as the young German had a horrible accident in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Barcelona this past weekend, fracturing his hip.

Results - race one, race two

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