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ADAC GT Masters, Oschersleben - Race Reports
Porsche Wins Twice, But With Different Models

The Mühlner team shipped only two of the new Porsche 997 GT3 R to Oschersleben, while the third one wasn’t delivered on time. So Tim Bergmeister and Rene Rast had to accept a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S; but, as things turned out, that wasn’t such a bad thing for the two drivers. In other news around the opening race, the Bleekemolen team got a new Porsche 997 GT3 R and put its old Cup S aside and S-Berg Racing brought a second BMW Alpina B6 GT3 to Oschersleben.

Race One

The first half of the race was dominated by the S-Berg Racing Alpina of Martin Matzke, who shared the green racer with Andreas Wirth. The Czech scored pole position for the first race of the year and took the lead from the start.

Behind him there was a position battle between Norman Knop in the Leipert-Ascari and Sebastian Asch in the A-Workx Porsche 997 GT3 R. Asch turned out to be the winner of the battle and than started to close the gap to the BMW Alpina. But getting past the Alpina happened only during the rounds of pit stops.

The lead of Nicolas Kentenich and Sebastian Asch was thereafter never surrendered. Asch: “The key to our race win was the good pit stop; we were able to make up six seconds to the leading Alpina.”

Second place went to the Porsche 997 GT3 R of Frank Schmickler and Kevin Estre fielded by Mühlner Motorsport, who were able to gain positions after perfect strategy from the team.

The fight for the final place on the podium was very entertaining, with seven cars fighting for more than 30 minutes for the win in the race. In the end the Corvette of Toni Seiler and Christian Hohenadel crossed the finish line in third place. The feel good story was the Lamborghini Gallardo of Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Peter Kox. The young prince lost the hood of the Lamborghini on the opening laps and the Reiter team tried to repair it during the pit stop but in the end they decided to stop the effort and send Kox out without a new hood.

Fifth place went to the Pole Promotion Audi R8 LMS of Heiko Hammel and Jimmy Johansson, ahead of the Abt Audi R8 LMS of Kuba Giermaziak and Jens Klingmann. The Alpina of Martin Matzke Andreas Wirth which led during the first half of the race finished the race in seventh place. The final point of the race was awarded to Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies in the second Abt-Audi.

Race 2

The biggest question before the race was slick tires or rain tires; in the end most of the teams settled for slicks. Thomas Jäger used his pole to take the lead of the race in the beginning, while Rene Rast in the Mühlner Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S started charging through the field right from the start.

Rast’s teammate Kevin Estre was able to get past Peter Kox in the Reiter Lamborghini, who spun in the pack at the first corner.

By lap 4 Rast was already up to second place and two laps later he got passed Jäger to take the lead. After the pit stops Rast’s co-driver Tim Bergmeister drove the lead home and took his first win of the season; managing the gap he had to the second place cars until the end.

Second place went to Jens Klingmann and Kuba Giermaziak; the latter being able to make up a lot of ground during his stint in the second half of the race. He got passed Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Sebastian Asch and Martin Matzke.

This was because all of the three cars he overtook took rain tires during their pit stops. Asch was able to hold of Matzke to take third on the second race, making this weekend a very successful one for the Wieth Racing. Matzke finished fourth.

Norman Knop was able to get past Albert von Thurn und Taxis in the closing minutes, taking fifth place and pushing the Lamborghini back to sixth. Toni Seiler and his partner Christian Hohenadel crossed the finish line in seventh place, while Heiko Hammel and Jimmy Johansson took the final point by finishing eight.

The next weekend of the ADAC GT Masters takes place May 7th - 9th at the Sachsenring. Niclas Kentenich and Sebastian Asch will head to the Sachsenring as the championship leaders.

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