GT Masters: Mies/Zimmermann claim 50th victory for Audi

Excitement, drama, emotions – the tenth round of the ADAC GT Masters season at the Lausitzring had everything motorsport has to offer. After 43 laps, Tim Zimmermann (25, DEU) won a memorable race in the number 1 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II and ensured Audi’s 50th victory in the ADAC GT Masters.

His visibly moved driver colleague Christopher Mies (33/Düsseldorf): “This first win of the season for Tim and I was long overdue. Our car has been running fantastic for the last few weeks, but we couldn’t implement that. We finally got our reward,” said the current German GT Champion.

Sadness, on the other hand, at Team Schubert Motorsport. Pole setter Nicky Catsburg (34/NL) was in the lead for the mandatory pit stop in the #20 BMW M4 GT3 and received a penalty. With that, the dreams of victory were gone. “The pit radio suddenly failed. Everything was working fine up to that point, all of a sudden nothing was working anymore,” commented a stunned team manager, Torsten Schubert.

With 21,500 spectators, there was a new attendance record at an ADAC GT Masters event at the Lausitzring.

Mies and Zimmermann claim 50th victory for Audi in the ADAC GT Masters.

Already after the start of Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring, heated battles for position developed at the front. Pole setter Nicky Catsburg was repeatedly attacked by Sven Müller (30, DEU) in the #22 Allied Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Christopher Mies and Jack Aitken (26/GB) in the #63 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo also fought fierce battles for third and fourth place.

After that, the race calmed down and the drama for Schubert Motorsport took its course. After all drivers had completed the mandatory pit stop between the 25th and 35th minute, starting driver Nicky Catsburg was still on track and received a 49-second penalty for doing so. That was the chance for Tim Zimmermann in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II #1. The 25-year-old took the lead, which he defended to the finish and celebrated his first win in the ADAC GT Masters.

The combination of Jack Aitken (26/GB) and Albert Costa Balboa (32/E) in the #63 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo was rewarded for a consistently strong performance with second place and moved up to third place in the overall standings.

Things got turbulent just before the end. Fabian Schiller from Drago Racing Team ZVO with his Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo #4 caused a collision between Patric Niederhauser (30/CH) in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II #15 and Joel Sturm (20/Brühl) in the Porsche 911 GT3 R # 22, who lost several places as a result. Championship leader Raffaele Marciello took advantage of the favorable opportunity, made up a total of ten positions and achieved third place on the podium with the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo fielded by Mann-Filter Team Landgraf.

Behind him, his fiercest rivals, the driver duo Christian Engelhart (35, GER) and Ayhancan Güven (24, GER), finished fourth in the Porsche 911 GT3 R #91 from the Joos Sportwagentechnik team.

ADAC GT Masters Lausitzring
Result race 2

1. Carpenter / Mies
2. Costa Balboa / Aitken
3. Marciello / Juncadella
4. Engelhart / Guven
5. Paul / Mapelli
6. Schramm / Marshal
7. Niederhauser / Engstler
8. Service / Marshalkovsky
9. Krutten / Green
10. Schiller / Gounon

Standings after 10 of 14 races

1. Raffaele Marciello 136 points
2.Christian Engelhart 126
2. Ayhancan Guven 126
3. Albert Costa Balboa 111
3. Jack Aitken 111
4. Jules Gounon 99
4. Fabian Schiller 99
5. Niklas Krutten 91
5. Ben Green 91

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