Sebastian Asch is a German racing driver who achieved the most in sports car racing, winning two championship titles in the ADAC GT Masters in 2012 and 2015, both driving for Mercedes customer teams.
A son of a racing driver started a career in touring car races
Born in June 1986 in Tübingen, as a son of racing driver Roland Asch, the young Sebastian spent some time in karting competitions and then made a debut in car racing in 2003, participating in the ADAC Corse Slalom Cup. In 2004, he expanded his racing activities to Ford Fiesta ST Cup and occasional appearances in the VLN Endurance Series with different cars (Ford Puma, Ford Fiesta ST, BMW 330 TD).
In 2005, he entered the German edition of the Porsche Leon Supercopa, spending three years in the series. His best season was 2007 when he finished second in the overall classification and the best among juniors.
In 2006, he recorded a debut at 24 Hours of Nurburgring, finishing second in SP4T class with Team Wölflick's Ford Focus ST. A year later, he scored a class victory with the same car.
ADAC GT Masters debut in 2008 with Lamborghini Gallardo
In 2008, Asch had a pretty successful rookie season in the ADAC GT Masters, driving the Lamborghini Gallardo for Argo Racing. Sharing the #3 car with Frank Schmickler, he was on a podium three times in fourteen races, finishing fourth in the final standings.
In 2009, Asch moved to the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, driving for Schnabel Engineering and finishing seventh in the points.
Maiden ADAC GT victory in 2010 with Porsche
In 2010, Asch expanded his racing activities to six different competitions, with ADAC GT Masters as his main championship. He was driving the #6 Porsche 997 GT3 R for a-workx/Wieth Racing, sharing a car with Niclas Kentenich. They on in the season-opening race at Oschersleben, ending a season seventh in the points.
Sebastian stayed one more season with a-workx team in the ADAC GT Masters, sharing the #10 Porsche with Michael Ammermuller. They finished 16th in the points after winning one race at Lausitzring. It's interesting that Sebastian's teammate in the #9 car was his father Roland.
Sebastian Asch in 2012 as ADAC GT Masters champion
ADAC GT Masters champion in 2012 with Mercedes
In 2012, Asch changed a manufacturer, starting to drive the #5 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 for kfzteile24 MS Racing Team in the ADAC GT Masters. He and Maximilian Götz were on a podium eight times, including a victory in season's finale at Hockenheim which brought them the championship title.
Outside ADAC GT Masters, Asch continued to race with Porsche factory teams in endurance races, including a debut at 24 Hours of Daytona.
One season in an Audi, back to Porsche in 2014
In 2013, Asch stayed with MS Racing in the ADAC GT Masters to defend a title in the #1 car. The team switched from Mercedes to Audi R8 LMS and Sebastian's new co-driver was Florian Stoll. It was a pretty bad season for Sebastian as he finished just 18th in the points, without wins or podiums.
In 2014, Asch changed a manufacturer again, returning to a cockpit of a Porsche 911 GT3 R. He was driving the #6 car for Farnbacher Racing, sharing a car with Philipp Frommenwiller. Asch was again without wins or podiums, ending a season 22nd in the points.
Outside ADAC GT Masters, Sebastian's best result was the third place in GTD class with Magnus Racing's Porsche at Watkins Glen 6 Hours, a part of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig in 2015
One more championship title with Mercedes in 2015
After two bad seasons in the German-based GT championship, Sebastian Asch joined Zakspeed in 2015 to drive a Mercedes again. His race car was the #21 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and he was sharing it with Luca Ludwig. They were race winners three times, at Spa, Lausitzring, and Zandvoort, clinching the championship title.
Outside ADAC GT Masters, Asch recorded a couple of starts in the European Le Mans Series with Proton Competition's Porsche.
Sebastian Asch achieved his greatest results with Mercedes
Regular Mercedes driver since 2018, switching to Ferrari in 2019
In 2016, Asch and Ludwig stayed in Zakspeed's Mercedes, carrying the number 1 on a car. They won two races, at Oschersleben and Sachsenring, finishing sixth in the points. In 2017, Asch stayed with Mercedes but changed a team, joining BWT Mücke Motorsport to drive the #26 Mercedes-AMG GT3. He won two races with two different co-drivers, the guests from DTM Lucas Auer and Edo Mortara, to finish sixth in the points at the end of the season.
For the 2018 ADAC GT Masters season, Ash rejoined Zakspeed Racing to drive the #21 Mercedes-AMG GT3 alongside Luca Stolz. Scoring no wins or podiums, they finished just 15th in the points.
The major change followed in 2019 when both Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig joined HB Racing to drive the #7 Ferrari 488 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters.
Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig are sharing HB Racing's Ferrari