MRS GT BMW drivers Erik Johansson and Jens Klingmann have won the 200th race in the 13-year history of the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring becoming the ninth different winning pairing in the ten races so far this season!
Thanks to second place, SSR Performance Porsche drivers Christian Engelhart and Michael Ammermüller have taken the Championship points lead four races before the end of the season from Toksport WRT’s Luca Stolz and Maro Engel.
Starting driver Jens Klingmann underlined his ambition to win on the first lap of the race. From second place on the grid, he passed pole-setter Tim Zimmermann’s GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini.
Behind them were fellow BMW driver and Saturday race winner Nick Yelloly in his Schubert Motorsport M6 GT3 and Porsche driver Michael Ammermüller.
Zimmermann dropped rapidly back, completing the first lap in ninth place.
After a short safety car phase to rescue Jordan Pepper’s stranded T3-HRT-Motorsport Bentley, Klingmann maintained the lead until the driver changes and handed it over to partner Johansson.
The young Swede drove a controlled stint and brought the BMW home safely for the win.
For Johansson, it was the first ADAC GT Masters victory also taking his first win in the Pirelli Junior classification. Team-mate Klingmann took his tenth victory in the ADAC GT Masters, the MRS GT-Racing team with their third.
Saturday winners Yelloly and Henric Skoog’s BMW crossed the finish line in second place, but was then put back to fifth place due to a 10-second penalty for repeatedly exceeding the track limits.
Second place, therefore, went to the Porsche duo Engelhart / Ammermüller (above), who were behind the two BMWs for the entire race. The third podium slot went to Luca Stolz and Maro Engel in the best Mercedes-AMG. The two Toksport WRT drivers were initially sixth and made up numerous positions with a well-timed early pit stop.
Lamborghini works drivers Franck Perera and Albert Costa Balboa from GRT Grasser Racing Team finished fourth, just as they did the day before, this time they were 0.2 seconds short.
Behind Yelolly and Skoog, Max Hofer and Christopher Haase brought their Montaplast by Land Motorsport home in sixth, finishing as the best Audi. Behind them after a strong race that saw them up from 21st on the grid to a seventh-place finish were Aust Mortorsport pair Maximilian Hackländer and Nikolaj Rogivue. Hackländer also set the fastest race lap.
Previous championship leaders Patric Niederhauser and Kelvin van der Lindcame home eighth with the top ten completed by GRT Lamborghini pair Steijn Schothorst and Tim Zimmermann and Knaus-Team HTP-Winward Mercedes-AMG drivers Philip Ellis and Raffaele Marciello.
Victory in the Pirelli Trophy classification for non-professional drivers this time went to Team ISR Audi driver Filip Salaquarda.
Quotes from the winners: Jens Klingmann: “In the past few years I have participated in over half of all ADAC GT Masters races, so it is of course very special to be able to win the 200th race.
“Our best chance was to get past the Lamborghini right at the start of the race and manage the race pace cleverly from there. It worked well with a great start, I was able to save the tires so that we could start the second stint well prepared.
“During the second half of the race I was a lot more nervous as a spectator than I was in the car. For the last races of the year we hope to be able to take the current momentum with us and set some more highlights. ”
Erik Johansson: “It’s a really special feeling to be able to celebrate my first victory in the ADAC GT Masters in the 200th race of the series, of all places.
“Jens did an extraordinary job in the first half of the race; in the middle of the race it was a great advantage to be able to take over the car while it was in first position. My job then was primarily to drive as safely as possible and not make any mistakes that might have cost us a lot of time.
“It’s a bit of a shame not to see two BMWs on the podium again, but our car felt very good again today, two podiums for MRS GT-Racing are a great result. That gives you extra self-confidence.”