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Saturday, 17 September 2011
ADAC GT Masters: Start-finish victory in Assen brings Margaritis / Lunardi closer to title Marc A. Hayek won championship lead back in the amateur st
Start-finish victory in Assen brings Margaritis / Lunardi closer to title Marc A. Hayek won championship lead back in the amateur standings
Step by step, work Dino Lunardi (32, F) and Alexandros Margaritis (26, Cologne) in the BMW ALPINA B6 direction of LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler title. At the penultimate ADAC Masters Weekend celebrated the league leaders in Assen, Netherlands a sovereign-to-wire victory. Both ABT-Audi R8 by Christer Jöns (24, Ingelheim) / Christopher Mies (22, Holy House) and Luca Ludwig (22, Bonn) / Jens Klingmann (21, glues) finished the race in places two and three and keep themore exciting title race.
Keyfacts, TT Circuit Assen (NL) Length: 4555 feet Weather: cloudy, light rain, 16 degrees Pole Position: Christer Jöns (ABT Sportline Audi R8), 1.38,571 Min Winner: Dino Lunardi / Alexandros Margaritis (LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler BMW ALPINA B6) Fastest race lap: Daniel Keilwitz (Callaway Corvette Z06) 1.39,763 min
Lunardi / Margaritis go confidently to the third win of the season Dino Lunardi got off to a perfect start and accelerated towards the first corner still on the start-finish straight, the started from pole position for Audi R8 by Christer Jöns. The Frenchman sat down slightly from his pursuers, a good ten minutes after rain caused a slippery track. In the difficult conditions, contributed Lunardi no mistake, and expanded the lead up to the driver change to team-mate Margaritis middle of the race to six seconds. The former DTM driver then played on a drying track from his routine and the third victory in the BMW ALPINA duo made sure with a 6.5 second lead on the ABT Audi R8 by Mies / Jöns. "With the victory today, we have proven that we can stand the pressure of competition in the crucial phase of the championship can hold," beamed Lunardi. "During the rainstorm in the first half of the race but it was very difficult on the wet runway. In each round, the track conditions have changed and I had almost lost several times in control of the car. "
"As my teammate Dino Lunardi the difficult track conditions at the best known, we have opted for a very late change of driver decision," Margaritis said the tactics after the race. "In the second half of the race I could then control the race from the top." With the second and third place both ABT-Audi ended the winning streak of the Allgäu in Assen. Ludwig Mies and the second-placed in third place but still have good chances in the championship battle and made points on the tab-Lamborghini Gallardo Table II Ferdinand (20, A) and Johannes Stuck (24 A) well. The brothers ended up behind the stucco-HEICO MOTORSPORT Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Dominik Baumann (18, A) and Hari Proczyk (35, A) finished fifth and lost not only on the points table leader Lunardi / Margaritis. Also, the pursuers and Ludwig Mies moved the table closer to the sons of racing legend Hans-Joachim "Christmas cake" Stuck. For the second race on Sunday announced Audi drivers at maximum attack Mies: "Today I had a good twenty minutes before the end of the race a little trouble with the rear tire and could not attack. But in the race tomorrow, we will attack with 150 percent, otherwise the Titelzug left for us. "
Dutchman Christiaan Frankenhout best Best Dutch in the "league of super sports car" was in the race on Saturday Frankenhout Christiaan (29), who drove with Andreas Wirth (26, Heidelberg) in the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS HEICO MOTORSPORT sixth. Bad luck had Franken Houts compatriots Ricardo van der Ende (32) and Duncan Huisman (39) in the BMW Z4 Racing Faster by DB Motorsports, after a strong first half of the race by the end of Van were in fourth place. In a collision with the PRIMA JOB TEAM HEICO Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Andreas Zuber (27, UAE) in the fight for fourth place but then shattered the dreams of the two Dutch podium.
Colourful mix of brands completes the top ten Niclas Kentenich (23, Neuss) and Dominik Farnbacher (26, Ansbach) were in the Ferrari 458 Seventh Farnbacher Racing ESET before the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 promotional poles by Andreas Simonsen (21, S) / Christopher Haase (23, Kulmbach).To ninth in the BMW Z4 drove WestCoast Racing with the two Swedes, Fredrik Larsson (35) / Richard Göransson (33) for the first time this season in the points. One point still fought Florian Stoll (30, Rickenbach) / Maximilian Götz (25, Uffenheim) in the MS-RACING AMG Mercedes-Benz SLS in tenth place.
Hayek new leader in the amateur standings Although the battle is intensifying in the amateur rankings. Marc A. Hayek (40, CH) took over with a victory in the amateur riders in the standings, with support from a Lamborghini Gallardo ADAC GT Masters champion Peter Kox (47, NL) of the standings again. The current championship leader Swen Dolenc (43, Maulbronn) was unlucky in his Porsche 911 and dropped out of AUTO TECH SPECIALIST. Toni Seiler (53, CH) finished second in his Callaway Corvette Z06 R8 second place ahead of the Netherlands, Ardi van der Hoek (35) in the Audi team Prosperia Brinkmann UHC. Sven Hannawald (36, Munich) missed the podium in the amateur standings in fourth place narrowly, and saw in a Callaway Corvette with former Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen (44, Neuss), the checkered flag at the 18th Overall position.
Mies will start from pole position on Sunday High Voltage promises the race on Sunday. The winner of the first race and championship leader Lunardi / Margaritis, start as early as Saturday from the second position behind the ABT Audi R8 duo Mies / Jöns. Luca also Ludwig and the stucco-brothers with the start positions three and five excellent starting positions in the third last race of the 2011 season.
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