For the Hyundai team Engstler this is already the third drivers title in a row, because Engstler’s predecessors Antti Burri and Max Hesse also competed for the team of touring car legend Franz Engstler. And that had even more reasons to celebrate at Hockenheim. In addition to winning the drivers’ title, the team also won the team standings perfectly. Engstler driver Nico Gruber (20) also secured overall victory in the Honda Junior Challenge. His team mate Roland Hertner (62) had already been selected as the winner of the trophy classification.
Engstler actually decided the start for himself, but the 21-year-old couldn’t get past Scalvini. His overtaking maneuver failed and when he entered the Parabolika, Engstler only found himself in tenth place. However, just one lap later, the Allgäu man managed to move up to fourth place. Engstler never had a real duel with Marcel Fugel in third place, as he knew at all times that fourth place would be enough for him to win the championship.
Despite a safety car phase on the seventh lap, triggered by a collision between Ruben Fernandez Gil (43, Spain, RC2 Junior Team) in the Cupra Leon Competición and Honda driver Albert Legutko (21, Poland, Albert Legutko Racing), changed nothing more in the front ranks. After 16 laps, Scalvini was the first to see the black and white checkered flag after a sovereign race.
Lamborghini wins again
The title decision in the German GT Championship is made at the finals: The championship battle came to a head at the penultimate race weekend in Hockenheim.
The championship leaders Ricardo Feller and Christopher Mies (Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) come under pressure. In the Audi they finished seventh in the Sunday race, while their closest rivals Luca Stolz and Maro Engel in the Mercedes-AMG of the Toksport WRT team reduced their deficit to just four points with third place. At the finale from November 5th to 7th at the Nürburgring, 13 drivers still have a mathematical chance for the title.