ADAC GT Masters: Lamborghini victorious again

The third round of the ADAC GT Masters season on the dune circuit on the North Sea coast in Zandvoort in the Netherlands brought plenty of movement to the overall standings of the German GT Championship.
The big winner of the weekend was the Swiss Lamborghini team Emil Frey Racing. After the team’s first GT Masters success in the turbulent Saturday race in Wishofer/Lappalainen in the Huracán GT3 Evo, their teammates Albert Costa Balboa/Jack Aitken won on Sunday with a flawless start-finish victory.

“That was a mega success and a really great weekend for our team,” said a delighted Jack Aitken, who not only set the fastest lap of 1:34.715 minutes, but also set a new ADAC GT Masters lap record at Zandvoort.

Aitken, who contested a Formula 1 Grand Prix as a reserve driver for Williams in 2020, got off to a good start and converted his first pole position in the ADAC GT Masters into the lead in the sixth race of the season. As a result, he immediately managed to outrun the pursuers.

Only the Italian Mattia Drudi, who catapulted himself from fourth place on the grid to second place with a class start in the Audi R8 LMS Evo II of the Car Collection Motorsport team, was able to follow the Lambo with a respectable gap of around two seconds.

Jack Aitken and Albert Costa Balboa win the second race of the ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort.

Ayhancan Güven in the Porsche 911 GT3 R of the Joos Sportwagentechnik team was not able to follow the speed of the leading duo. In his stint before the mandatory pit stop, he lost around eight seconds to the front, but defended his third place without any problems.

The pit stops with the obligatory driver changes did not change the order of the race. Local hero Thierry Vermeulen, a good friend of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen, took over the Car Collection Audi from Drudi. He easily defended second place, but ultimately missed the 50th Audi victory at Zandvoort by 1.07 seconds.

Christopher Mies and Tim Zimmermann finished fourth in the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, which meant the best result of the season so far for the Montaplast by Land-Motorsport driver duo.

Güven’s colleague in the Joos team, Christian Engelhart, experienced drama in the final lap. Apparently heading for the podium, which would have meant the lead in the overall standings, the #91 Porsche 911 GT3 R slowed down a few meters before the end. Although the car rolled to the finish line with its final momentum, it fell back from third to eighth place over the last few meters.

Rougier/Perera “inherited” the last place on the podium in another Frey-Lamborghini.

Niklas Krütten/Ben Green, who traveled to Zandvoort as championship leaders, experienced a weekend to forget in the Schubert BMW M4 GT3. Failure on Saturday and eleventh place on Sunday meant zero points and a fall back to P3 in the table.

Audi driver Jusuf Owega (Land-Motorsport), who finished fourth on Saturday, was unable to start the race on Sunday due to a defective speed sensor in the transmission of his R8 LMS Evo II. Nevertheless, the man from Cologne defended his place in the sun.

The ADAC GT Masters is now going on a nearly six-week summer break. The league of super sports cars continues with the fourth race weekend from August 5th to 7th at the Nürburgring.

ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort
Race 2 result.

1. Costa Balboa/Aitken (Lamborghini)
2. Vermeulen/Drudi (Audi)
3. Rougier/Perera (Lamborghini)
4. Zimmermann/Mies (Audi)
5. Storm/Müller (Porsche)
6. Schramm/Marshal (Audi)
7. Schiller/Gounon (Mercedes)
8. Engelhart/Guven (Porsche)
9. Bird/Seppänen (Mercedes)10. Richer/Settler (Audi)

ADAC GT Masters driver standings

1. Yusuf Owega: 70 points
2.Christian Engelhart: 70
2. Ayhancan Guven: 70
3. Niklas Krutten: 65
3. Ben Green: 65
4th: Albert Costa Balboa: 61st
4th: Jack Aitken: 61

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