By Tarek Ramchani
Circuit Park Zandvoort hosted today the first race of ADAC GT Masters in very hard weather conditions. The Audi squad performed very well and was among the strongest in the field.
A torentional heavy rain affected the 1-hour sprint race at the Dutch track. In the end four Audi R8 LMS ultra cars made it into the top 6. Even better, two Audis from Prosperia C.Abt Racing were on the podium.
The #12 Audi shared by Christer Jöns and Markus Winkelhock finished in second place. The crossed the finish line 9.264s behind the race winning #3 Porsche of Kevin Estre and Jaap van Lagen from team Schütz Motorsport.
René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde were right behind in third place driving the #10 Audi R8 LMS ultra. Rast and van der Linde collected big points and strenghtened their overall standing lead, they are first with 58 points.
Two other Audis finished in good positions. The #11 Prosperia C.Abt Racing of Fabian Hamprecht and Nicki Thiim was fifth. The #100 kfzteile24 APR Motorsport of Daniel Dobitsch and Florian Stoll was sixth. Big improvement for the #16 Audi R8 LMS ultra from YACO Racing. The car driven by Rahel Frey and Philip Geipel started last and finished in a good threenth place.
Race 1 results can be seen here.
The qualifying session for Race 2 held earlier this morning gave the Audi brand great satisfaction. The #10 R8 LMS ultra of René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde took pole a sensational position and will start first tomorrow in the second race at 12:00.
Photo credit: ADAC GT Masters