Customer Racing: ADAC GT Masters: Championship lead and podium for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in ADAC GT Masters

19.
August 2018
Zandvoort

A successful weekend for Mercedes-AMG at Zandvoort: in the first race on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Driver Maximilian Götz (GER) and his teammate Markus Pommer (GER) were already able to take the ADAC GT Masters championship lead with a sixth-place finish. In the process, they also scored further valuable championship points in the teams’ standings for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport, which is still leading after the fifth of this season’s seven rounds. In the race on Sunday, Mercedes-AMG Driver Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Patrick Assenheimer (GER) came to the fore: with second place in the #84 AutoArena Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, they scored the best result. The duo Götz/Pommer with the #47 car and their MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport teammates, Maximilian Buhk (GER) and local hero Indy Dontje (NED) rounded out the good team result with fourth and fifth place.

  • Race 1: Sixth place and championship lead for Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer with the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3
  • Race 2: Second place for #84 AutoArena Motorsport
  • Race 2: Mercedes-AMG GT3 #47 and #48 in 4th and 5th place

Zandvoort – With grid positions 6, 11, 14, 21 and 22, the five Mercedes-AMG GT3s were facing a difficult task in Saturday’s first race in the super sports car league. After a turbulent start with many collisions, the two Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport with starting numbers 47 and 48 established themselves in the top ten. For the Götz/Pommer duo in particular, the goal was to make it to the finish unscathed and to score as many championship points as possible compared to their rivals. After one hour of racing, they not only scored the best result of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 by finishing sixth, but also moved up into the lead of the drivers’ standings with a margin of seven points. Their teammates Buhk/Dontje were unlucky as they spun in an attempt to overtake while in a promising position in the race. This prevented them from scoring another top ten result. From 21st place on the grid, Raffaele Marciello and Patrick Assenheimer showed good progress that saw them finish in 13th place.

In qualifying on Sunday morning, things went considerably better: Mercedes-AMG Driver Maximilian Buhk placed the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 on the front row of the grid by qualifying in second position. Marciello and Götz also managed to secure good grid positions with fifth and seventh place. After the rolling start had to be repeated, the Mercedes-AMG drivers showed strong nerves and got themselves into good positions in the battle for the podium slots in third, fourth and fifth place. There were few opportunities for overtaking at the track in Zandvoort, so position changes didn’t occurred until the mandatory pit stops around the halfway point.

Driving the AutoArena Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, Marciello had the best pit stop. Initially, he had been running behind the two MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport cars and came in for his pit stop two laps later. After the stop, his teammate Patrick Assenheimer rejoined the race in third ahead of his fellow Mercedes-AMG drivers. After that, Assenheimer showed a strong performance, slightly pulled away and closed the gap to second place. After a strong overtaking move, he eventually secured second place. With their fourth-place finish, Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer also scored valuable points in the second race and, together with Maximilian Buhk and Indy Dontje in fifth, they secured a good team result for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport. With this achievement, Marciello/Assenheimer and Buhk/Dontje also scored a 1-2 in the junior classification.  

After the Zandvoort round, Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer now have an eight points’ lead in the drivers’ standings going into the next race weekend at the Sachsenring (7-9 September). The MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport also remains in the lead of the teams’ standings.

Maximilian Götz, MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport #47: “We are happy with the weekend. On Saturday, we took over the championship lead and managed to extend it on Sunday. The race on Saturday wasn’t particularly easy for us. We had a difficult qualifying, had to work our way up in the race and then still made the most of it and scored quite a few points, unlike our rivals. Qualifying on Sunday wasn’t perfect with seventh place, but compared to our opponents in the championship, we were in a good position again. At the start, I managed to move up into fourth place right away and Markus then brought this position home. It is so close in the championship that every point matters for us, so sixth and fourth place this weekend are really good. The next round at the Sachsenring should suit us and our Mercedes-AMG GT3 quite well. There, we want to continue to score points and extend our lead to ensure that we have the biggest possible margin prior to the season finale at Hockenheim.”

Raffaele Marciello, AutoArena Motorsport #84: “ I am really happy with our podium finish. This is a super result and important for the AutoArena Motorsport team, for Patrick and also for me. We can all be proud of ourselves, we have shown a super race. During my stint, I tried to get us into a good position for Patrick and to save the tyres as much as I could. In the second part of the race, Patrick was able to attack and did a mega job. With a great overtaking move, it was then enough to secure second place.”

Result Race 1 ADAC GT Masters, Zandvoort*:

Pos.

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

19

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

GRT Grasser-Racing-Team

E. Perez Companc (ARG), M. Mapelli (ITA)

2.

28

Audi R8 LMS

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport

S. van der Linde (ZAF), K. van der Linde (ZAF)

3.

29

Audi R8 LMS

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport

J. Dennis (GBR), C. Mies (GER)

...

 

 

 

 

6.

47

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport

Maximilian Götz (GER), Markus Pommer (GER)

13.

84

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AutoArena Motorsport

Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

14.

21

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Team ZAKSPEED BKK Mobil Oil Racing

Sebastian Asch (GER), Luca Stolz (GER)

25.

20

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Team ZAKSPEED BKK Mobil Oil Racing

Kim-Luis Schramm (GER), Nicolai Sylvest (DEN)

26.

48

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport

Maximilian Buhk (GER), Indy Dontje (NED)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organisers 

Result Race 2 ADAC GT Masters, Zandvoort*:

Pos.

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

99

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Precote Herberth Motorsport

R. Renauer (GER), M. Jaminet (FRA)

2.

84

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AutoArena Motorsport

Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

3.

18

Porsche 911 GT3 R

KÜS TEAM75 Bernhard

A. de Leener (BEL), K. Bachler (AUT)

4.

47

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport

Maximilian Götz (GER), Markus Pommer (GER)

5.

48

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport

Maximilian Buhk (GER), Indy Dontje (NED)

...

 

 

 

 

17.

20

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Team ZAKSPEED BKK Mobil Oil Racing

Kim-Luis Schramm (GER), Nicolai Sylvest (DEN)

DNF

21

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Team ZAKSPEED BKK Mobil Oil Racing

Sebastian Asch (GER), Luca Stolz (GER)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organisers

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