Cheers and frustration at Porsche after the third race of the season of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring.
The Porsche duo Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart won the race for SSR Performance, ahead of the Mercedes duo Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (Toksport WRT).
“I’m over the moon. A mega-performance from SSR Performance and Porsche. The car was great. It looked perhaps easier than it was. I gave everything to stay in front and I also felt a lot of pressure,” said Engelhart at SPORT1.
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De Silvestro just missed the podium
However, the other Porsche duo around Simona de Silvestro and Klaus Bachler (KÜS TEAM75 Bernhard), who had been third for almost the entire race, had bad luck.
In the last corner of all places, the Swiss, nicknamed “Iron Maiden”, had to give up the podium after being sandwiched by her pursuers Albert Costa Balboa and Kelvin van der Linde.
In the end, defending champion van der Linde and his partner Patric Niederhauser took third place ahead of the Porsche duo. “My team went completely nuts on the radio. It was like a win for us today,” said a happy van der Linde afterwards SPORT1.
Top teams in their own league
Ammermüller and Engelhart never left any doubts about their victory and only the chasing duo Engel and Stolz could keep up with the pace of the two.
The two top duos were unlucky that the safety car had to come out twice and their lead melted back together – but as soon as the safety car was gone, the two teams were able to break away from the rest of the field.
The duo Engel / Stolz was able to maintain the lead in the overall standings at the ADAC GT Masters with 65 points ahead of Ammermüller / Engelhart (58 points). The defending champions van der Linde / Niederhauser are third with 37 points.
The second race at the Nürburgring will take place on Sunday (from 13:05 LIVE on TV on SPORT1 and in the stream). A limited number of spectators are admitted to the Nürburgring this weekend.