The ADAC GT Masters at Sachsenring: Final sprint in the fight for the title

By Julia Remmele| 2018-09-06T13:19:51+00:00 06. September 18|

In the ADAC GT Masters 2018, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP now faces the last two race weekends. As leader of the teams’ and drivers’ standings (#47, Götz/Pommer) and fifth in the drivers’ standings (#48, Dontje/Buhk) everything is possible for our yellow-green team.

At the last race weekend in Zandvoort, Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer in the MANN-FILTER-Mamba # 47 were able to conquer the top of the standings of the ADAC GT Masters 2018 overall standings with the final positions 6 and 4 – and thus have a good starting position in the final sprint for the title. With 105 points they are currently eight points ahead of the runners-up.

“It’s not much, but it’s still a good feeling to travel to Sachsenring as the leader of the standings. We have to keep the overall situation in mind, but we don’t have to get mad,” says Götz, who as champion of the ADAC GT Masters 2012 is not in this situation for the first time. His recipe: “Simply continue as before. As soon as you’re in the car, it’s all about getting the most out of it. It will be important to approach the weekend with a clear head and trust your own strengths. Even if the Sachsenring weekend will certainly be setting the directions in the championship. I hope we’ll be able to lay a good foundation for the season finale. Because Hockenheimring will presumably not be the best circuit for the Mercedes-AMG GT3.”

Technically, according to Götz, the team is well positioned for the 3.6 kilometre long, very winding mountain and valley railway near Hohenstein-Ernstthal: “Thanks to its high downforce level, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 should work well. Last but not least, the HTP team proved with last year’s victory that there is a good basis for the Sachsenring. I myself stood on the front row of the grid there. On the other hand, the new Balance of Performance has given us an extra 15 kilograms of weight, which we will certainly feel. As always, the starting position plays a decisive role: If you’re in the first two rows, you have every opportunity. If qualifying goes wrong, it gets tricky.”

Even for Indy Dontje and Maximilian Buhk in the sister car with the # 48 everything is still possible: The Nürburgring winners are currently 48 points behind their team mates in 5th place – but 100 points are still to be awarded in the remaining four races of the ADAC GT Masters. “We have nothing more to lose,” says Buhk. “We’ll try to land as far ahead as possible four times. And in the end we’ll look at the standings.”

In the team classification, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP currently has a good lead of 34 points over its closest rivals. Nevertheless, HTP team boss Norbert Brückner is moving the priorities straight: “Even now just thinking of the table would be counterproductive. We have to approach the four races like any other race – highly concentrated and in an effort to make as few mistakes as possible. With the enormous power density in the ADAC GT Masters there is no other way if you want to be in the front. At the same time, however, racing intelligence is also required.”

The one-hour race with a mandatory pit stop starts on Saturday exceptionally at 3:00 pm; on Sunday the engines will roar as usual at 1:05 pm. You can watch both races live on SPORT1 or in the livestream on sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport or youtube.com/adac.