“It was a very important victory, but we are nowhere near the point where we can lean back or even relax a little. I will tell my team that too, ”said Engstler, who remained cautious even after his sixth win of the season. “But if everything goes well, we might have a reason to celebrate together tomorrow.”
Engstler got off to an ideal start in good external conditions with sunshine and successfully defended his leading position in front of Jonas Karklys (Lithuania, Nordpass-Hyundai) and his brand and team colleague in the Hyundai team Engstler, the Dane Martin Andersen. In the further course of the race, the Hyundai trio continued to break away from their pursuers.
Lamborghini can still win
Pole-setter Bortolotti got off to an optimal start and already set himself apart from the pursuers on the starting lap with his green flounder, one lap later his time cushion was almost two seconds. Only during the course of his stint was rival Ricardo Feller able to keep up with the leader’s pace and reduced the gap to less than a second before the driver change. After the mandatory pit stops, the Italian super sports car, now with Marco Mapelli at the wheel, stayed ahead of Feller’s partner Christopher Mies.
In second place, Mies and Feller increased their point lead in the overall standings from two to eleven with their fifth podium of the season. 84 points are still awarded in the three outstanding races.
Result ADAC GT Masters Saturday race
1.Bortolotti / Mapelli (Lamborghini)
2. Feller / Mies (Audi)
3.Jaminet / Ammermüller (Porsche)
4. Pride / Angel (Mercedes)
5. Marciello / Buhk (Mercedes)
6. Owega / Niederhauser (Audi)
7.Ineichen / Perera (Lamborghini)
8.Jahn / Fittje (Porsche)
9. Zimmermann / Sasse (Lamborghini)
10th Trefz / Haase (Audi)