Next Lambo success at the ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort

Clean sweep by Emil Frey Racing: After the victory of Mick Wishofer and Konsta Lappalainen on Saturday, Albert Costa and Jack Aitken in the #63 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo followed up with a clean lights-to-flag victory in Sunday’s ADAC GT Masters race in Zandvoort.

It is the first victory in the German GT Championship for both drivers. Aitken had laid the foundation with pole position and won the start. From then on, both drivers didn’t look back and completed a dream weekend for the Swiss team.

Mattia Drudi and local hero Thierry Vermeulen came second in a sensational car collection Audi #33. The son of the manager of Formula 1 superstar Max Verstappen took over from Drudi and showed an amazingly strong second stint.

Güven stops opponents

It was particularly exciting behind the top 2: Ayhancan Güven was not able to match the pace of the two leaders during his stint and fell behind in the #91 Joos-Porsche (Engelhart/Güven). A whole train of GT3 vehicles initially formed behind him, led by Franck Perera in the #19 Emil-Frey-Lamborghini (Perera/Rougier).

Behind them were Markus Winkelhock in the Car Collection Audi #69 (Winkelhock/Spengler), Christopher Mies in the Land Audi #1 (Mies/Zimmermann), Sven Müller in the Allied Porsche #22 (Müller/Sturm) and Patric Niederhauser in the Rutronik -Audi #15 (Niederhauser/Engstler). The pit stop lap also went in this order.

Shortly after the stops, the first of this group dropped out of the race: Car Collection sent Florian Spengler out again 0.3 seconds too early, the result was a penalty lap that threw the red and gold back to eighth place.

The race was finally over for the team after a collision with Lorenzo Ferrari in the Landgraf-Mercedes #48 (Marciello/Ferrari). Spengler was spun in turn 1 and drove in the opposite direction to the direction of travel during the turning manoeuvre. For this, the Car Collection pilot is likely to face a hefty fine.

Tire damage upon tire damage

In the chasing group behind Costa and Vermeulen, Engelhart was initially in third place ahead of Arthur Rougier, Tim Zimmermann, Luca Engstler and Joel Sturm. Things got really dramatic in the final phase: a tough duel between Sturm and Maximilian Paul in the T3-Lambo #71 (Mapelli/Paul) seven minutes before the end was just the start.

There was repeated contact between the two young Germans, which Paul paid for with a puncture. He then parked the Lambo in turn 4. At the very end, Luca Engstler was also hit, having to give up sixth place due to a flat tire. Engelhart’s Porsche also rolled out on the last lap.

Costa and Vermeulen were no longer interested in any of this. They confidently drove home first and second place. The drama of the Porsche squad put a second Emil Frey Lamborghini on the podium. Rougier finished third with the #19 car, followed by Zimmermann and Sturm.

The Rutronik-Audi #27 (Marschall/Schramm) finished sixth ahead of the ZVO-Mercedes #4 (Gounon/Schiller). Engelhart brought his Joos-Porsche across the finish line in eighth place and thus saved valuable points for the overall standings. The Landgraf-Mercedes #84 (Bird/Seppänen) and the Eastalent-Audi #54 (Reicher/Siedler) made it into the top 10.

Joos-Porsche loses podium on last lap

“Christian said he couldn’t shift into gear, laos something with the gearbox. That’s part of motorsport. We’re disappointed. Nevertheless, we were lucky in the misfortune that we finished the race. At least we still scored a few points. We’ll take them with us and keep going,” said Güven in a first reaction to Nitro.

Apart from fourth place for the championship car, the country team experienced a race to forget: The #28 Audi (Haase/S. Owega) missed the pit stop window and received a stop-and-go penalty of 35 seconds. The #29 (Feller/J. Owega) didn’t even start.

And the second ZVO Mercedes also experienced a pitch-black day. The experienced Dani Juncadella also missed the pit stop window with the #8 (Juncadella/Marschalkowski). The result was a stop-and-go penalty of 47 seconds.

The ADAC GT Masters 2022 continues on the first weekend in August. Then it’s off to the Nürburgring for the German GT Championship.

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