ADAC GT Masters, Preview
Three customer squads field a total of four Porsche 911 GT3 R racers in the 2018 ADAC GT Masters. Contesting the “Super Sports Car League” for the first time is the reigning world endurance champion and two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard. A 37-strong field from eight manufacturers guarantees some world-class race action. The drivers travel to four different countries over the course of seven weekends, each of which features two races. All the races are broadcast live on SPORT1.
Twenty-three racing teams have signed on for the 2018 season. Three Porsche customer squads put their faith in the 500 hp 911 GT3 R. Just like last year, KÜS Team75 Bernhard run by the Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard and his father Rüdiger, as well as Precote Herberth Motorsport, will contest the renowned racing series. A newcomer to the ADAC GT Masters is the Ring Police team. This squad receives support from the TV commentator and cult YouTuber Jean Pierre (“JP”) Kraemer.
Timo Bernhard debuts in the ADAC GT Masters:
The 37-year-old professional racer from the German town of Bruchmühlbach-Miesau contests the series for the first time in 2018 for his own racing team. The outright Le Mans winner, who has enjoyed Porsche’s support since 1999, shares the cockpit with his works driver colleague Kévin Estre from France. The 29-year-old Frenchman is no stranger to KÜS Team75 Bernhard: in 2016 he scored four victories for the crew. Sharing driving duties in the team’s second Porsche 911 GT3 R are the former Porsche Junior from Austria Klaus Bachler and the Belgian Adrien de Leener. Bachler (26) started his GT racing career in Porsche’s one-make cup series and has also contested endurance events including the VLN as well as 33 ADAC GT Masters races. His 28-year-old teammate, de Leener, tackled his first season in the “Super Sports Car League” last year and contested 14 races for KÜS Team75 Bernhard.
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