ADAC GT Masters, race 6, Spielberg/Austria
In a turbulent race on Sunday, the Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by the customer team Precote Herberth Motorsport consolidated second place in the driver’s classification. The ca. 500 hp race car driven by the Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Robert Renauer (Germany) crossed the finish line in tenth at Spielberg. With all drivers racing on slicks, a sudden shower shortly after the start caused several spins and collisions on the 4.318-kilometre Red Bull Ring.
Start driver Jaminet took up the race from third on the grid and was able to gain one position at the start. Due to the sudden change of weather, the #99 Porsche 911 GT3 R had to make an additional pit stop to switch to wet tyres. In the ensuring pursuit on the slowly drying racetrack, Jaminet and Renauer worked their way up to tenth place, for which they earned one point towards the championship. “Of all the teams who switched tyres early on, we were the fastest. Unfortunately the strategy didn’t work quite as we’d hoped. But, we still rank second in the standings and we head to the next races feeling confident,” explained Renauer.
With the second-best 911 GT3 R, the newcomer squad IronForce by Ring Police finished on 27th. Lucas Luhr from Switzerland and Jan-Erik Slooten from Germany managed to make up six positions over the course of the race.
Driving for KÜS Team75 Bernhard, the former Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Austria) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) concluded the race in 30th after experiencing problems on the wet track and receiving a drive-through penalty. The sister car with the starting number 17 did not reach the flag. “We probably damaged a tyre on the kerb, and that was the end of our race. The Nürburgring suits the Porsche better, so hopefully we’ll do better there,” said Estre.
Races seven and eight of the ADAC GT Masters are contested from 3 to 5 August on the Nürburgring. The races are broadcast live on SPORT1 as well as on the internet at www.sport1.de, www.adac.de/motorsport and www.youtube.com/adac. Tackling the series in addition to Porsche are Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini and Mercedes-AMG.
Spielberg, Result race 6 of 14
1. Keilwitz/Kirchhöfer (D/D), Corvette C7 GT3
2. Bortolotti/Caldarelli (I/I), Lamborghini Huracán GT3
3. Pommer/Götz (D/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3
10. Jaminet/Renauer (F/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R
27. Luhr/Slooten (D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R
30. Bachler/de Leener (A/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R
34. Bernhard/Estre (D/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R