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ADAC GT Masters: Audi extends its lead

As is so often the case in the ADAC GT Masters, the decision about the title in the super sports car league, which this year also includes the German GT championship for the first time, will only be made in the last race of the season. The championship leaders Ricardo Feller and Christopher Mies drove to their third win of the season in the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. Even more, because the Swiss Ricardo Feller also put the Audi on pole position in qualifying, the Audi duo scored the maximum possible 28 points on the first day of the season finale at the Nürburgring and built their lead in the overall standings before the last race of the season on Sunday (start at 3:30 p.m.) on 17 counters.
Nevertheless, before the final race, three driver pairings still have a chance of winning the title. Including the runner-up in the race, Porsche driver Mathieu Jaminet and defending champion Michael Ammermüller (SSR Performance). Third place on Saturday went to their Porsche brand colleagues Christian Engelhart / Thomas Preining (Küs Team Bernhard). “That was absolutely good today. Third pole, third race win and lead extended, that is the perfect starting position for the race on Sunday ”, said winner Feller. “We are extremely motivated for tomorrow.”

His colleague Mies said: “I’m surprised that the Audi works so well here because we actually saw ourselves as a third force. We have to see that tomorrow we manage the points well, don’t get involved in any fights and then make the most of it. It’s always very close in the ADAC GT Masters and I know how good the other drivers are. It will definitely be a tight box tomorrow. “

Ricardo Feller laid the foundation stone for the championship leaders to win in the first half of the race. At the start of the race he was challenged by Luca Stolz (Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT), second in the table, but then gradually gained a lead. When the driver changed mid-race, he was almost seven seconds ahead of pride. Partner Mies then brought the victory to the finish without any problems. In the end, his lead was 3.490 seconds.

With his racing success, Feller also won his sixth class win in the Pirelli Trophy for young drivers, in which he also leads the table. Thanks to the victory on the Eifel race track, her Land-Motorsport team also took the top position in the team standings.

The Porsche drivers Jaminet / Ammermüller kept their title chance with second place

While everything was clear at the front, the pit stops whirled up the chasing positions once again. The Porsche drivers Jaminet and Ammermüller were in third place in the first half of the race, but opted for an early driver change in the middle of the race. That paid off: the SSR drivers overtook the Mercedes-AMG to take second place, which they also brought home. Jaminet / Ammermüller thus kept at least a small chance for the title. However, their points deficit is already 25 points with 28 points still to be scored.

Porsche drivers Christian Engelhart and Thomas Preining (Küs Team Bernhard) also passed the Stolz und Engel Mercedes-AMG during the pit stop window and took third place on their second podium of the season. Fourth place was enough for the Mercedes works drivers Stolz / Engel to defend second place in the table. On the other hand, the Mercedes works drivers Raffaele Marciello and Maximilian Buhk (Team Landgraf – HTP / WWR) had to say goodbye to their last theoretical hopes for the title after finishing fifth.

Audi Sport will continue to equip the ADAC GT Masters with the official cars.

Even before the race, ADAC and Audi Sport announced that they would be continuing their ten-year partnership. Audi Sport will continue to provide the series’s official cars, such as the safety car and the lead vehicle. “The ADAC GT Masters has developed into a motorsport home for Audi,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Customer Sports at Audi Sport, explaining the extension of the partnership. “The series is professionally organized, has a strong cast and is close to the fans.”

Audi GT3 vehicles have been competing in the ADAC GT Masters since 2009. With 47 race wins to date, as well as four driver and five team titles, the brand with the four rings is the most successful manufacturer in the series.

Result ADAC GT Masters Saturday race

1. Feller / Mies (Audi)
2. Jaminet / Ammermüller (Porsche)
3. Engelhart / Preining (Porsche)
4. Pride / Angel (Mercedes)
5. Marciello / Buhk (Mercedes)
6. Paul / Ghiotto (Lamborghini)
7. Ineichen / Perera (Lamborghini)
8. Schramm / Marschall (Audi)
9. Krohn / Yelloly (BMW)
10. Weerts / Vanthoor (Audi)

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