All in all, it was an extremely successful race weekend at Zandvoort in the Netherlands – Sunday’s race can also be booked as a success for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP. As leaders in the team and driver standings (Götz/Pommer) and another top position within the Top 5 (Dontje/Buhk), we are leaving Zandvoort and in three weeks time at the penultimate ADAC GT Masters weekend of the 2018 season at the Sachsenring we will do everything to defend and further expand our top positions.
After a great start from the fourth row, Maximilian Götz moved directly between the sister cars of Buhk and Marciello to fourth place in Sunday’s race after the first corner. The decision to go to the mandatory pit stop one lap later than the #48 crew proved correct in retrospect: Pommer returned to the track just before Dontje. Up to the finish the two MANN-FILTER Mambas held the positions 4 and 5.
“That wasn’t easy today,” Markus Pommer reported. “After one contact, the steering wheel was slightly tilted and we had vibrations. The car was a little uncomfortable to drive. But basically it was a positive weekend. We were both fast, scored well and took the top of the standings.” Maximilian Götz adds: “In retrospect, it must be said that the strategy was not ideal. All those who stayed outside longer benefited from the stop. But that is usually only known afterwards. Everything else is fine. We are going into the last two race weekends as overall leaders and want to make sure that we are also there in front. And then on Sunday noon at Hockenheim we’ll see what came out of the title fight.”
Indy Dontje and Maximilian Buhk also scored important points in the fight for the championship with the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and celebrated a second place in the junior ranking. So Indy is on P3 in the junior ranking and the duo Buhk/Dontje on P5 in the overall ranking – and everything is still open. “Of course I’m happy about the points and the trophy. I’m still not really satisfied,” comments Indy. He had ambitious plans for his home race: “Fifth place was not what I had hoped for. But racing weekends like this happen. Others are coming.” Buhk adds: “If you start from the front row, 5th place cannot be satisfactory. I lost a position by touching it after the start. But that’s okay. I’m not going to the first corner alone, and then something like this happens. Unfortunately, we lost two positions at the stop. Because the front tires degraded a bit too much, we decided to get in early and adjust the air pressure immediately. Unfortunately we found ourselves behind Patrick and Markus after their pit stops. Too bad, because the car was really good in itself.”
HTP team boss Norbert Brückner was satisfied with the presentation of his team: “Both cars in the top 5 and top of the standings in both the drivers’ and the teams’ standings – a team boss could hardly wish for much more. We have created a good starting position for the final spurt of the season. Now we want to do everything in our power and concentration to implement this good starting position”.
The sixth and penultimate race of the 2018 ADAC GT Masters will take place on 8/9 September at the winding Sachsenring near Hohenstein-Ernstthal.
The press release of HTP Motorsport can be found here: https://htp-motorsport.de/2018/08/19/starke-teamleistung-des-mann-filter-team-http/