ADAC GT Masters: Win for Jahn and Estre, title battle still opened
On the wet track, Land Motorsport’s Audi #29 of Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies started from pole position while beside the championship leaders was another title contender, Team 75 Bernhard’s Porsche #17 of Jahn and Estre.
The race started under the safety car but it quickly went in and the drivers could show their skills on the slippery track. David Jahn took the lead while bigFM Racing Team’s Porsche #36 of Marvin Dienst and Christopher Zanella passed over Audi #29 to take the 2nd place.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of proper racing due to many small incidents after which the safety car was deployed. When the pit window was opened, the gaps between the top 6 cars were really tight and that was probably a decisive part of the race, especially after the leading trio pitted at the same time.
Right after the mandatory pit-stop Christopher Mies did nice move to take 2nd place and could begin the chase of Kevin Estre. The reigning champions Luca Ludwig and Sebastian Asch, who were running in 4th place at the moment, were thrown out of the battle for the trophy after being given a drive-through penalty after leaving pit-lane too late.
The second half of the race was easier after the rain has stopped, so Kevin Estre had an easier task. His advantage was nearly 7 seconds with 10 minutes to go. Estre calmly kept his pace and won the race 5.8 ahead of #29 Audi and #36 Porsche.
Before the last race of the year, Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies are leading the championship with 164 points. The driver of Callaway Competition’s Corvette, Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz, are second with 152 points while Jahn is third with 141, so some of them will be crowned as the 2016 ADAC GT Masters champions on Sunday afternoon.