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ADAC GT Masters, Hockenheim - Race Reports
Bergmeisters And Kox/Thurn und Taxis Take The Wins

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Races five and six of the ADAC GT Masters took place at the Hockenheim Ring last weekend, and with 26 cars turning up it was the largest field of the 2010 season so far. Pole-position for race one went to Sebastian Asch in the A-Workx Porsche 997 GT3 R, while Christian Hohenadel took the top position for the second race of the weekend.

Race One

Sebastian Asch dominated the first half of the race; right from the start the son of former DTM-racer Roland Asch took the lead and never surrendered it in his opening stint. The young driver was able to pull of a huge gap to the other cars. Albert von Thurn und Taxis settled for second place, having taken the position from Kuba Giermaziak during the opening stages of the race. Giermaziak himself was put under heavy pressure by Tim Bergmeister during the second quarter of the 60 minute race.

The Ascari of Norman Knop and Roland Rehfeld, meanwhile, was charging through the field. Knop started the car from tenth position but handed the car over to Rehfeld while he was listed in third place. After the pit stops the timing screen showed Niclas Kentenich, in the A-Workx Porsche in front, ahead of Jörg Bergmeister, who took over from his brother Tim, and the Ascari. Peter Kox was fourth after getting behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 GT3.

It looked like a safe drive home for Kentenich, who had a ten-second advantage over his closest rivals; but then the young German was hit with a drive-through penalty for leaving the track too often. The lead then went to Jörg Bergmeister, who drove the Mühlner Porsche 997 GT3 R safely home to take the win for himself and his brother.

Second place went to Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Peter Kox ahead of the Ascari of Roland Rehfeld and Norman Knop, after Kox was able to get by Rehfeld in the final minutes. Niclas Kentenich finished the race in fourth position.

Thomas Jäger and Sven Hannawald finished in fifth position, ahead of the Audis of Ammermüller/Heyer, Mies/Ludwig and Giermaziak/Klingmann.

Race Two

For race two there was an all-Callaway Corvette front row, and so Christian Hohenadel and Thomas Jäger settled on the first two spots of the race. For the third position Rene Rast, in the Porsche 997 GT3 R of Mühlner Motorsport, and Peter Kox were fighting very intensely. Rast moved up to position two after Christian Hohenadel had a puncture and had to head for the pits.

Shortly before the closing of the pit window, the leading Corvette of Thomas Jäger dived for the pits to hand over to Sven Hannawald. The former ski jumper inherited the lead Jäger gave him during his great opening stint.

In second position Frank Schmickler, partner of Rene Rast, was put under heavy pressure by Albert von Thurn und Taxis. Thurn und Taxis was able to get past Schmickler and then he started hunting down Hannawald for the lead.

With less than five minutes remaining Hannawald was caught and the Bavarian prince took the lead; bringing the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 GT3 home to take his second win of the season.

Hannawald finished in second, scoring his second podium finish of the season. Tim Bergmeister was able to get by Frank Schmickler in the closing minutes to take the final podium spot. Schmickler, who had to fight power steering problems, finished fourth ahead of the Alpina of Matzke/Wirth and the two Rosberg Audis of Herndlhofer/Seidlitz and Heyer/Ammermüller.

The final point was awarded to Jens Klingmann and Kuba Giermaziak.

The next round of the ADAC GT Masters takes place July 16th-18th at the TT Assen. Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis lead the championship ahead of Tim Bergmeister. 

Race 1 result – here
Race 2 result – here

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