ADAC GT Masters: Mercedes dominates in the Eifel
The 36-year-old who returned from the series then controlled the field from the front and, after 41 laps, crossed the finish line in first place, completely unchallenged. With this success, 27-year-old Marciello is the new leader in the drivers’ standings and thus half-time champion in the super sports car league, which counts as the German GT championship. “Of course I’m very happy today and I’m really happy about the win. But there is always something that can be improved. We have to put in top performances in the next races as well,” said Raffaele Marciello.
A few laps before the end, Müller pushed past the Mercedes into second place with a maneuver worth seeing and defended it to the finish. At least Gounon/Schiller secured the last place on the podium.
The race was somewhat disappointing for Christian Engelhart and Ayhancan Güven. The duo from Team Joos Sportwagentechnik started the race as leaders of the standings from third on the grid, but lost two places in the Porsche 911 GT3 R #91 after the pit stop and thus the lead in the overall rankings in fifth place.
Defending champion Christopher Mies and Tim Zimmermann from Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II improved by six positions compared to qualifying and finished eighth.
Just behind them, Jan Marschalkowski and Luca Stolz in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with starting number 8 finished ninth. The youngsters Niklas Krütten (19, DEU) and Ben Green (24, GB) from Schubert Motorsport completed the top ten in the #10 BMW M4 GT3.
ADAC GT Masters
Result race Saturday
2. S. Müller/J. Storm (Porsche)
3. J. Gounon/F. Schiller (Mercedes)
4. L. Engstler/P. Niederhauser (Audi)
5. C. Engelhardt/A. Guven (Porsche)
6. F. Bird/E. Seppanen (Mercedes)
7. A Costa Balboa/J. Aitken (Lamborghini
8. C.Mies/T. Carpenter (Audi)
9. L. Stolz/J. Marshalkovsky (Mercedes)
10. B.Green/N. Krutten (BMW)
1. Marciello 86 points
2. Engelhart 82
2. Ayhancan 82
3. Owega 74
4. Krutten 71
4th Green 71
5. Aitken 70