Friday, June 7, 2013

ADAC GT Masters: Pole position for Prosperia C.Abt Audi at Sachsenring

By Johan Laubscher

Round three of the German ADAC GT Masters is at the Sachsenring this weekend. The track action got underway today with the practice and qualifying sessions. Following a number of difficult performances for the Audi teams there was a very positive moment today.

The highlight for the Audi teams came during the first qualifying session. Christopher Mies was supremely fast in the #27 Prosperia C.Abt Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra, and was fastest by a mere 0.017 seconds, more than enough for pole position. Mies and Rene Rast will start in front followed by two more Audi cars within the top ten. Rahel Frey and Christopher Haase will start sixth in the #26 Prosperia entry and their teammates in ninth, Christer J├Âns and Markus Winkelhock, in the third Prosperia R8 LMS ultra.

The next Audi on the gird for race one will be the #100 from MS Racing, with Daniel Dobitsch and Aditya Patel in eleventh. The last two Audis are together in sixteenth and seventeenth. The second MS Racing car (#1) with Sebastian Asch and Florian Stoll will start in sixteenth, ahead of Philip Geipel and Christian Mamerow in the YACO Racing Audi (#16).

The second qualifying session saw the highest placed Audi again placing on the front row. It was once again the #27 of Mies and Rast, this time collecting second place with Rene Rast behind the wheel. Four Audis made it into the top ten with the #26 in fourth, the #28 in sixth and the #1 in tenth. The next two Audis followed in thirteenth (#100) and in seventeenth (#16). The pole position went to the #20 Team Schubert BMW Z4 GT3, 0.084 seconds ahead of Rast in the Audi.

Hopefully the Audi teams can maintain these great results during the weekend. Despite the race victory in the very first race of the season (Mies / Rast winning race one at Oschersleben), the Audis have struggled for results. A slight BOP adjustment has been made in favour of the Audis this week, and it seems to have paid off so far in this tightly contested championship.

We wish the best of luck to all the Audi teams at the Sachsenring this weekend.