This weekend once again everything is possible for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP at the ADAC GT Masters at Zandvoort: Inspired by the great race weekend two weeks ago at the Nürburgring with a total of three podium positions and 58 points, our MANN-FILTER-Mambas are once again aiming for points at the third-last race weekend of the season.
Here’s a short overview of the current standings in the ADAC GT Masters 2018:
Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer finished both third and second at the Nürburgring, and are catching up to one point with the overall leaders. Also the Nürburgring Saturday-winners Maximilian Buhk and Indy Dontje in their sister car with the 48 are currently sixth overall with a 39-point gap to the top again despite the bad luck in the second run.
In addition, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP is currently leading the team ranking by 31 points.
Regardless of the standings, Indy Dontje is looking forward to the racing action on the 4.3-kilometre long, very selective natural race track with its sometimes super-fast uphill and downhill sections. “This course should also suit the Mercedes-AMG GT3,” comments the local hero. “I love driving on this track, especially since I celebrated my first podium place in the ADAC GT Masters here last year.
However, the Circuit Zandvoort is also full of pitfalls, as Indy knows very well: “Due to its proximity to the sea, wind and sand blown over from the dunes are always an issue. The track can change extremely fast. Then it’s important to stay cool and not run after every change with a new setup. Therefore it’s very important that your car works in the widest possible window. And you must never attack too much at Zandvoort. It’s like the Nordschleife. When you drive off the track, there is no asphalt run-off zone, but a gravel bed or even a crash barrier. So the first commandment is to stay on the track.”
Showing down is of course not the means of choice in the ADAC GT Masters, because even on the highly selective dune course experts expect 25 to 30 GT3 vehicles within one second in the qualifying sessions. “That’s really brutal,” sighs Dontje. “Cool for the crowd that everyone’s so close and you never know who’ll be in front this time. I don’t think there is another sprint series in Europe with such a high power density as the ADAC GT Masters. If you’re not ahead in qualifying you don’t have anything say in the race. We saw this at the Nürburgring in the second race: Maxi and I absolutely had a car to win, but coming from the very end of the field we only made it to P17 within an hour”.
The victory in the first race in the Eifel was therefore all the more important for the morale of the Dutch-German duo: “The speed was already really good in some of the previous races. We also had a lot of bad luck. At the Nürburgring on Saturday everything finally worked out, the car was sensational, Maxi and I both did a good job. We hope that we can go on like this – we are not yet looking at the standings. We’ll race and then we’ll see what happens.”
The one-hour race with a mandatory pit stop starts on Saturday at 1.15 pm and on Sunday at 1.08 pm. As always, you can follow the races live on SPORT1 or online in the live streams on sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport or youtube.com/adac.
You can also read the original press release from HTP Motorsport here: https://htp-motorsport.de/2018/08/15/grosse-vorfreude-auf-das-duenen-spektakel/