ADAC GT Masters: Facts and figures
After a winter break, the new ADAC GT Masters season will start at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in the last weekend of April. It will be eighth consecutive year that the venue near Magdeburg will be used for the season opener.
Oschersleben, which is Germany’s northern most racetrack, has hosted more ADAC GT Masters races than any other circuit (20). The most successful cars at Oschersleben have been BMW Alpina B6 and Audi R8, each recording four victories.
Ahead of the first two races of the new season, official website of the ADAC GT Masters brings some interesting facts and figures:
– Oschersleben can always be relied upon to deliver close finishes. In three of the last six races at the Motorsport Arena, the winner crossed the line less than 0.5 seconds ahead of the runners up.
– The car with the highest top speed in the ADAC GT Masters at Oschersleben is the Chevrolet Camaro. Last year, ex-Formula 1 driver Tomas Enge clocked a top speed of 249.2 km/h.
– Four former or reigning champions and 16 race-winners are part of the line up on the 2015 grid.
– The second race of the 2015 campaign at Oschersleben on Sunday will be the 120th in the history of the ADAC GT Masters. There have been 76 drivers who have notched up at least one race win since the inaugural season in 2007.
– No driver has yet managed a successful title defence in the following season. It’s a different story in the teams championship, however, where both Reiter Engineering (2007/2008) and Prosperia C.Abt Racing have (2013/2014) retained their titles.
– For the first time ever, the 2015 ADAC GT Masters will be visiting five current or former Formula 1 circuits. In addition to the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, the Super Sports Car League will be hosted by the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
– Bentley is a newcomer to the 2015 grid. It becomes the 17th marque to have contested the ADAC GT Masters since the inaugural season in 2007.
– The average age of driver in the 2015 line-up is 31. The youngest entrant is rookie Jordan Lee Pepper from South Africa aged 18, while the oldest is 49-year-old Anton Wossos from Greece.
– The most successful super sportscar in terms of race victories in the series is the Corvette, with 23 wins to date. The most successful driver in terms of race wins (14) is Daniel Keilwitz.
– Sebastian Asch is now the longest serving of the current crop of drivers. The 2012 champion has been competing in the ADAC GT Masters since 2008 and can look back on 91 race starts.
– There are three drivers who are total newcomers to the series: Jordan Lee Pepper and Andreas Weishaupt (both Audi) and Jakub Knoll in a BMW Z4.