Porsche 911 GT3 R defends series lead

ADAC GT Masters, race 4 at Most/Czech Republic

Scoring third at Sunday’s round of the ADAC GT Masters in Most, Czech Republic, the Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Precote Herberth Motorsport remains at the top of the standings. After finishing yesterday’s race on third, Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet from France and Germany’s Robert Renauer achieved their second podium result in the still young season. The 911 GT3 R fielded by KÜS Team75 Bernhard and shared by Klaus Bachler (Austria) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) crossed the finish line as the second best Porsche in 14th. Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany) and Lucas Luhr (Switzerland) made up nine places in the race for their team IronForce by Ring Police and scored critical points in the Trophy classification.

In a gripping fourth race of the championship, which was marked by an early safety car phase and a total of eight retirements, Precote Herberth Motorsport once again managed to claim a podium spot. Jaminet took up the race for the Porsche team from Upper Bavaria from position five. The 23-year-old handed the ca. 500 hp customer sport racer off to his teammate Renauer after 18 laps. Renauer, who has won four GT Masters races in the past, managed to work his way into third place. On the 4.121-kilometre circuit, the 33-year-old defended his position to the flag. “This was a great weekend for our team. Third place enabled us to extend our lead in the championship. My stint started well and I managed to quickly make up one place. The pit stop ran as planned and Robert drove flawlessly. A good qualifying result is very important on such a tight track, as collisions can be common, especially amongst the backmarkers,” said Jaminet.

Porsche 911 GT3 R, KÜS Team75 Bernhard, Timo Bernhard (D), Kevin Estre (F), Most – ADAC GT Masters

In summery conditions and a temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius, the 911 GT3 R driven by Bachler and de Leener missed out on earning the first points of the year. The #18 race car took off into round two of the season at Most from the twelfth grid spot. In the turmoil of the 35-strong field, 26-year-old Bachler left the track twice in the first two laps and lost several positions. Thanks to fast lap times, the international driver duo of KÜS Team75 Bernhard advanced to 14th place by the end of the race. “In the qualifying we encountered a lot of traffic during our fast lap. And in the first lap of the race I was forced off the track while exiting the second corner and lost several positions. Shortly afterwards we ended up in the gravel while trying to avoid trouble which cost us more positions. Afterwards we drove consistent laps and had a good pit stop, which enabled us to make up some of those places,” explained Bachler.

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