With beautiful memories and positive expectations the MANN-FILTER Team HTP travels to Most where the third and fourth race of the ADAC GT Masters 2019 will take place this weekend (18th/19th May). On the 4.2 kilometer long race track close to the Czech-German border we celebrated our first victory of last year’s season. And this year our two yellow-green Mercedes-AMG GT3s are part of the circle of favorites again – even though the circle is quite extensive.
The MANN-FILTER Mambas already showed their great potential at the season starter in Oschersleben end of April – but unfortunately the appropriate results are still missing. Therefore last year’s Most winners Maximilian Götz and Indy Dontje in the car with start number 47 as well as their team mates Philip Ellis and Fabian Vettel in the sister car with the start number 48 are even more ambitious for the upcoming races in Most.
Ellis is looking forward to the races in Czech Republic: “We are highly motivated – even more after we were able to show our pace at Oschersleben. The conditions for Most are also positive: Last year the MANN-FILTER Team HTP won the Sunday race from pole position. The track is good for our Mercedes-AMG GT3 – now it’s up to us drivers to get the most out of this strong package.”
A good starting position is indispensable for a good result in the race. “This fact is independent of the race track,” confirms Ellis. “There are only top drivers left in the ADAC GT Masters championship – the power density is incredible. Even if the driver in front of you is a bit slower, he usually has the driving skills to defend his position. And our Mercedes-AMG GT3 doesn’t count as one of the fastest cars on the straight. Our big strengths are in the corners and on the brakes, we can play them off best when we’re in the front.”
The British-German dual citizen likes the race track of Most very much. “It’s very fluid because you have to drive above the flat curbs, that’s an incredible fun” Ellis describes. “However, if you don’t hit the entrance of a combination perfectly, the whole track section is ruined and a good lap time is impossible. Most is not quite as technical as Oschersleben, but mistakes are punished harder. The track is newly asphalted, we have to see if this changes the balance of our car. Unlike us, other teams were already there, but from what I’ve heard the surface could come up to us. It’s definitely good that we can still test in Most Thursday before the race. That won’t give us any reference in terms of lap times, because in unofficial tests everyone can drive as he likes – but we will try to work out a suitable basic setup for the weekend. I’m really looking forward to the race weekend, especially since Fabi and I have to make up something result-wise. And that’s what we’ve got in our mind set!”
The two one-hour races start at 2:45 pm both Saturday and Sunday – that’s a little later than usual. You can follow them live on SPORT1 or use various livestreams on the internet, for example on the ADAC GT Masters fan page on Facebook. By the way, both qualifying sessions will also be shown in the livestream there. But no matter on which device be sure to keep your fingers crossed and SUPPORT OUR MANN-FILTER MAMBAS!