Germany and Great Britain have new GT champions!
Two major European GT championships have been decided this weekend.
In Germany, the sixth and penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters took place at Hockenheimring where HCB-Rutronik Racing’s Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser secured the championship title.
In Britain, the season’s finale took place at Donington Park and the British GT Championship title goes to TF Sport’s Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson. It’s the fourth title for Adam in five years. He won all titles with Aston Martin and with four different co-drivers.
The South African Kelvin van der Linde takes his second ADAC GT Masters title, five years after he did the same in 2014, after finishing ninth in the first race and winning the second race this weekend at Hockenheimring. His partner in the #31 Audi R8 LMS is Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser.
On Saturday, Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart scored their third win of the season in the #63 GRT Lamborghini Huracan GT3. They shared a podium with HTP Motorsport’s Indy Dontje and Maxi Gotz in the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Dennis Marschall and Carrie Schreiner finished third in HCB-Rutronik’s #8 Audi R8 LMS.
On Sunday, the #31 Audi was first on the grid and Van der Linde/Niederhauser converted that starting position into victory, securing enough points to celebrate the championship title with one round to go. Ricardo Feller and Dries Vanthoor finished second in the #28 Audi of Montaplast by Land Motorsport. GRT’s Rolf Ineichen and Franck Perera completed the podium.
In the British GT Championship, Shaun Balfe and Rob Bell started from pole in the #22 McLaren 720S GT3 and won the last race of the season. RAM Racing’s Ian Loggie and Callum MacLeod finished second in the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Far behind in the third place were Century Motorsport’s Jack Michell and Angus Fender in the #9 BMW M6 GT3.
WPI Motorsport’s Michael Igoe and Dennis Lind crossed the finish line fifth in the #18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 but post-race 5sec penalty demoted them to P6, promoting TF Sport #47 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson to P5. Original results gave the title to Barwell Motorsport’s Jonny Cocker and Sam de Haan but amended results mean that Adam/Davidson are new champions. WPI appealed the decision but the appeal was dismissed.
There is no controversy in the GT4 class. The third-place finish gave the title to Tom Canning and Ash Hand in the #97 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT4.