ADAC GT Masters - perfect place for racing enthusiasts
ADAC GT Masters is certainly not one of the world’s top-class racing series, but still a very competitive, exciting and constantly growing one, with various cars of renowned manufacturers and many quality drivers throughout its history.
The first attempt failed
Originally, the racing series was called ADAC GT Cup. It was created in 1993, as a national grand tour championship of Germany. Initially, the ADAC GT Cup was divided into two classes – the upper class was for the sports cars while the lower class was for small coupe cars. But, things didn’t go so well, after two years the two classes were merged. After another two years, which were far above expectations, and with the teams unhappy with regulations, the championship was officially canceled.
In 2007, Stephane Ratel Organisation, supported by the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), one of Europe’s biggest motorist organisations, decided to revive the competition under the new name, ADAC GT Masters, with an idea to offer serious racing enthusiasts a chance to put their skills to the test.
ADAC GT Masters is a ’Pro-Am’ championship in which a professional driver shares a car with an amateur driver. They are changing positions behind the wheel during the pit-stop. Criteria who is professional and who is an amateur is regulated by FIA. World’s racing governing body is also responsible for the cars’ regulations. Although the series is based in Germany, and most teams and drivers are German, selected events are run across Europe.
Video – ADAC GT Masters race at Nürburgring, Germany (2014)
Two ADAC GT Masters races per weekend
Every ADAC GT Masters round consists of two 60-minute races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. In each race, the drivers must make a pit stop and switch positions. Usually, the amateur driver starts the first race, while the professional starts the second race.
One of the main things which makes ADAC GT Masters different to many motorsport series, is the fact that the competition is primarily designed as a challenge for the private teams and enthusiasts, and not as a showcase for the cars’ manufacturers, although many world class brands are represented, like Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz or Corvette, for example. All cars competing in ADAC GT Masters must be under FIA GT3 technical regulations.
Many champions had a try in the ADAC GT Masters
ADAC GT Masters is a good place for promoting motorsports and racing enthusiasts, but many well-known names tested themselves in this competition as well. Some of them are Christian Abt, Nicki Thiim, Bruno Spengler, Sebastien Ogier, Jaap van Lagen, Kevin Estre, Philipp Eng, Maximilian Gotz, Claudia Hurtgen etc.
List of ADAC GT Masters champions (Drivers – Team – Car)
2007: Christopher Haase – Reiter Engineering – Lamborghini Gallardo GT3
2008: Tim Bergmeister – Team Flatex-Reiter – Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
2009: Christian Abt – Callaway Competition – Audi R8 LMS
2011: Dino Lunardi/Alexandros Margaritis – Reiter Engineering – Alpina B6 GT3