Maxi­mi­li­an Götz, Mar­kus Pom­mer, Indy Dont­je and Maxi­mi­li­an Buhk with their two yel­low-green Mer­ce­des-AMG GT3s have made a strong appearan­ce in the high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve ADAC GT Mas­ters 2018, brin­ging the team cham­pions­hip home fair and squa­re. As the icing on the cake, the MANN-FILTER Mam­ba # 48 crew (Dontje/Buhk) was once again able to enjoy the view from the podi­um at the end of a bril­li­ant sea­son with P3 over­all and P2 in the juni­or clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on.

Our sum­ma­ry of the seven events in 2018 is impres­si­ve: The “Mam­ba tamers” Maxi­mi­li­an Götz, Maxi­mi­li­an Buhk, Mar­kus Pom­mer and Indy Dont­je made it into the top five no less than 12 times in the 14 clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on races, were twice on the pole posi­ti­on of the fas­test in the trai­ning, con­que­red six podi­um posi­ti­ons and won two races.

In the end it was a “did not finish” after an unfor­tu­n­a­te col­li­si­on in the first cor­ner 11 seconds after the start of the cru­cial last race of the sea­son that rob­bed Götz/Pommer of all chan­ces of win­ning the tit­le in the dri­vers’ stan­dings. At the end it was the fourth place in the over­all stan­dings of the ADAC GT Mas­ters 2018, direct­ly fol­lo­wed by the team mates Buhk/Dontje on rank 5 in the dri­vers’ stan­dings. With P3 in the last race, Dont­je also finis­hed third in the over­all juni­or clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on of the ADAC GT Mas­ters 2018.

We are par­ti­cu­lar­ly hap­py about win­ning the team clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on, as the ADAC GT Mas­ters sets stan­dards not only in terms of the size and diver­si­ty of the field, but also in terms of power den­si­ty. In the first qua­li­fy­ing ses­si­on at the Nür­burg­ring, for examp­le, no less than 31 of the spec­ta­cu­lar GT3 cars of all eight par­ti­ci­pa­ting brands were in a sin­gle second! “In this balan­ced field, only tho­se who deli­ver per­fect work over an ent­i­re sea­son will be suc­ces­ful. That’s why win­ning the team cham­pions­hip makes me so proud, becau­se it’s pro­of of the enor­mous com­mit­ment and effi­ci­en­cy of the ent­i­re team,” says HTP team boss Nor­bert Brück­ner.

But even apart from the results, the ADAC GT Mas­ters 2018 was a real high­light for the ent­i­re MANN-FILTER Team HTP. We are incredi­b­ly proud of the fact that so many peop­le have grown to love our MANN-FILTER Mam­bas as much as we do. At every race we were espe­cial­ly loo­king for­ward to YOU - our gre­at yel­low-green fans. It was an honour for us to get to know you, to give you our yel­low-green fan arti­cles, flags and caps, to take pho­tos with you and of cour­se to give you per­so­nal con­ta­ct to our four dri­vers - for auto­graphs, pho­tos and small pro­fes­sio­nal talks.

Jörg Engels, Direc­tor Brand Manage­ment Auto­mo­ti­ve After­mar­ket at MANN+HUMMEL, draws an ent­i­re­ly posi­ti­ve pic­tu­re of the ADAC GT Mas­ters sea­son 2018: “We have achie­ved our spor­ting goals as well as tho­se off the race track. We have expe­ri­en­ced all the emo­ti­ons, high­lights and set­backs that this gre­at sport has to offer, and in the end we can draw up a proud balan­ce. Our MANN-FILTER Mam­bas were not only a real eye-cat­cher, but were also among the fas­test cars in this impres­si­ve field of par­ti­ci­pants. In each race we fought for the top posi­ti­ons, which clear­ly speaks for the qua­li­ties of the Mer­ce­des-AMG GT3 and all par­ti­ci­pants in the MANN-FILTER Team HTP. In short: It was a gre­at sea­son of which we are very proud.”

In the end the­re is only one thing left to say: THANK YOU.