Triumph for Audi after a huge crash
Mercedes and Audi had a perfect start in the first round of the ADAC GT Masters championship at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. H.T.P. Motorsport pair Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Götz won the Saturday race in the SLS AMG GT3 car after a thrilling finish, just 0.3 seconds ahead of the Audi R8 LMS ultra shared by René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde. The 17-year-old South African also became the youngest ever race winner in the series.
The Abt Racing duo took pole position, victory and set the fastest lap in a curtailed Race 2, after the huge crash at the start that involved seven cars and brought out the red flags with a 30-minute delay before the re-start. The accident happened when reigning Mobil 1 Supercup champion Nicki Thiim touched one of the Callaway Corvettes and rolled over several times after hitting the wall. The Dane emerged relatively unscathe such as the other drivers.
Former DTM star Maro Engel took the fifth place on his ADAC GT Masters debut in Race 1, driving a Rowe Racing Mercedes, and finished behind the GW IT Racing Team Porsche of Engelhart-van Lagen (3rd) and the kfzteile24 APR Motorsport Audi of Dobitsch-Stoll (4th).
Former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen put his H.T.P. Motorsport Mercedes on seventh in the Sunday race, finishing behind the 2013 champion Diego Alessi’ Corvette CZ06. The Italian had a slow pit stop as his team mate Patrick Assenheimer – who paid a drive-through penalty in Race 1 for the contact with a Farnbacher Racing Porsche – had a safe belt problem.