Monday, June 9, 2014

ADAC GT Masters: Heroic second for Rast and van der Linde in Red Bull Ring race 2

By Tarek Ramchani

A brilliant second for René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde in the second ADAC GT Masters race at the Red Bull Ring.

After a disappointing and very hard race 1 on Saturday, the two Prosperica C.Abt Racing were able to bounce back. Rast and van der Linde started the 1-hour race from position five on the grid. With some great overtakings and a perfect pit stop the drivers of the #10 Audi R8 LMS ultra clinched a great second behind the winning Corvette Z06 GT3 from Callaway Competition.

A second place sounding like a victory given how the Audi R8 LMS ultra cars suffered all weekend long at the Austrian track. With their great performances, Rast and Kelvin van der Linde have taken the overall lead with 120 points, 10 points ahead of their nearest rival Jaap van Lagen.

Unfortunately the other Audis had a tough race. The #11 R8 LMS ultra from Prosperia C.Abt Racing driven by Fabian Hamprecht and Nicki Thiim finished down in sixteenth place. The #16 Audi from YACO Racing shared by Rahel Frey and Philip Geipel was eighteenth. The MS Racing run #100 R8 LMS ultra from kfzteile24 APR Motorsport was forced to retire, the car driven by Daniel Dobitsch and Florian Stoll.

The ADAC GT Masters will have now a two-month break and will resume at the Slovakia Ring, August 8th-10th.

Photo credit: ADAC GT Masters