Porsche dominant in ADAC GT Masters race 1 at Nurburgring
There wasn’t too much proper racing in the ADAC GT Masters race at Nurburgring because the safety car was deployed four times. However, Team 75 Bernhard’s Porsche #17 scored its second victory of the season.
Two Porsches occupied front row for the first race at Nordschleife. Herberth Motorsport’s #99 with drivers Robert Renauer and Martin Ragginger had pole position while Team 75 Bernhard’s car #17 with drivers line-up of David Jahn and Kevin Estre started from P2. They were followed by Zakspeed’s Mercedes #21 and HB Racing’s Lamborghini #5.
The safety car was deployed after some 10 minutes of racing after a collision between Bonaldi Motorsports’ Lamborghini #31 with Patrick Kujala as a driver and Abt’s Bentley #8 with Fabian Hamprecht and both cars were out of the battle for the points. After only two laps, safety went out again, this time after a collision between two Audis – kfzteile24’s #24 and YACO Racing’s #50.
However, nothing has changed at the top of the grid before the opening of pit window. After a change of the drivers was completed, Porsche #17 took the lead after Estre overtook Ragginger in turn 1. Zakspeed’s Mercedes #21 moved up to the third while Abt’s Bentley #7 with Daniel Abt was 4th at the moment. At the same time, championship winning car of Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig got a drive-through penalty and dropped out of top 20.
With 17 minutes to go, the safety car was deployed again, this time not for a long, but still for the gaps to be tightened. For the fourth time, safety car went out for the fourth time 10 minutes later after an accident between four cars in the middle of the grid. Only five minutes left for proper racing but nothing has changed.
Estre and Jahn scored their second win in 2016, leaving Robert Renauer and Martin Ragginger 1.639s behind. Nicolai Sylvest and Nikolaj Rogivue finished at 3rd, 3.2s behind the winners what is their best result this season.