ADAC GT Masters, race 3 at Most/Czech Republic
At round three of the ADAC GT Masters, the Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Precote Herberth Motorsport scored a podium result on the Czech Republic racetrack at Most. In a field of 34 cars from eight manufacturers, Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Robert Renauer from Germany crossed the finish line in third place. The 911 GT3 R manned by the world endurance champion Timo Bernhard from Germany and his French works driver teammate Kévin Estre made up eleven positions after a valiant performance to finish on twelfth. In the Trophy category, the Porsche customer team IronForce by Ring Police came third.
In bright sunshine and an outside temperature of around 21 degrees Celsius, Jaminet and Renauer scored the best result of the season so far for the Porsche 911 GT3 R. In a hotly-contested race on the 4.121-kilometre Autodrom Most racetrack, the 500 hp customer sport racer with the starting number 99 swept over the line in third. Taking up the race from fifth on the grid, start driver Renauer made a cracking start and avoided an accident in the first lap, which took out several cars. He handed the vehicle off to Jaminet in fourth. After the driver change, the Frenchman left the pits in third place in front of a competitor. Jaminet then defended this position to the flag. With this result, the squad from Bavaria moves into the lead of the championship. “I managed to make up a position at the start and through the pit stop we won the decisive spot for the podium. Mathieu did a great job of defending the position, although the car behind him was attacking. We knew that it’d be tight with the tyres towards the end but he made no mistakes and focussed on the race to the finish,” said Renauer.
After ploughing eleven places through the field in the #17 Porsche 911 GT3 R, the two-time outright Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard and Kévin Estre concluded the race outside the points. With the setup and heavy traffic on the track hampering quick lap times during the morning qualifying, the drivers for KÜS Team75 Bernhard started from 23rd on the grid but gained eleven places during the race. “Things didn’t really come together for us during the qualifying. Kévin made a great start and managed to gain several positions. We would have liked to earn a few points, but we couldn’t maintain the speed. For race two we want to find a better balance to keep the tyres at a consistently high level,” explained Bernhard.
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