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ADAC GT Masters: The new successful Audi duo

For the first time, the ADAC GT Masters, the series often referred to by fans as the league of super sports cars, was also about the title of German GT Champion. In an exciting season finale, 32-year-old Christopher Mies from Düsseldorf and his young Swiss cockpit colleague Ricardo Feller (21) secured it in an Audi R8 LMS from the Land Motorsport team from Niederdreisbach in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Not a surprising success for Christian Land. The team manager is full of praise for his drivers: “Miesi has been with us since 2016. He is experienced and a great guy on a human level. Chris is just a perfect fit for us and is like family. Wherever the country goes, Christopher has to be, otherwise something is missing.

Ricardo is a very likeable guy, he was even stronger this year than in his first season with us in 2019. He is inexperienced, funny and does not put himself under any pressure. Family is just as important to him as it is to us, which is why we fit together so well. “

In 2019, the duo shared the cockpit of a country Audi for the first time: “They drove a few races together in the USA and we immediately saw that they fit together very well. So it was clear to us that we had a pair of drivers with whom we could win the championship, ”says Land.

Ricardo Feller (left) and Christopher Mies celebrate their overall victory in the ADAC GT Masters

Feller and Mies impressed this season of the ADAC GT Masters with both their speed and their consistency. They made it onto the podium at the season opener in Oschersleben, followed by their first two victories of the season in Zandvoort and the Lausitzring – both from pole position. With the second triumph, they also took the lead in the championship, which they defended until the final.

Further podium places followed at the Sachsenring and in Hockenheim before they achieved their third success of the season in the first race of the finals at the Nürburgring. Again from the pole position, for which Feller was always responsible, by the way. In the last race of the season they then cleared the title with tenth place. On the other hand, the duo only achieved a zero once, in the second Zandvoort race.

“Our victories were of course very important,” explains Mies the secret of success, “but also that we once took fifth or sixth place with us. Because points are the be all and end all in the ADAC GT Masters. ”Partner Feller adds:“ Chris and I are a strong combination. We also had a team that gave us a great car over the course of the season. “

The Land-Motorsport team won the series as well as the drivers’ championship

For Mies it is the second driver title in the ADAC GT Masters after 2016. After Sebastian Asch and Kelvin van der Linde, he is only the third pilot who has achieved this feat. The Rhinelander got into GT3 racing through touring car races. In its first full season it was 2009 GT3 European Champion. He quickly caused a sensation in the ADAC GT Masters: in 2010 he was runner-up, and in 2011 he was third overall. Audi Sport had become aware of the German long ago and signed him as a works driver.

Mies came to Land-Motorsport in 2016 and immediately drove to the ADAC GT Masters title for the racing team together with Connor De Phillippi. Mies has remained loyal to the team ever since. However, the 32-year-old was not only convincing in sprint races. His successes also include long-distance successes in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring and the 12 Hours of Bathurst.

Teammate Feller came through karting and, after a year in ADAC Formula 4, in 2016 in the ADAC GT Masters. At the age of 16 he was the youngest pilot in the history of the racing series. Since then, the Swiss has shown a steep learning curve and has developed into one of the most promising young drivers in GT3 racing. In 2019 Feller clinched his first victory in the ADAC GT Masters.
After a stint with another team, he returned to the Niederdreisbach team in 2021. And it was worth it – in addition to the driver’s title, the Swiss also took first place in the Pirelli Junior classification for young drivers. This year he also won the Silver Cup title of the European GT World Challenge Endurance (formerly Blancpain GT Series), a GT3 racing series that drives across Europe.

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