There will at least two more new teams entering the upcoming ADAC GT Masters season, starting in April.
Team RING POLICE will enter a Porsche 911 GT3 R, with Lucas Luhr and Jan-Erik Slooten driving. Jean Pierre Kraemer is part owner of the team, together with Slooten. That name might not ring a bell for people outside Germany, but he has a car programme on German television. The final name of the team will be announced in the near future.
Lucas Luhr has done almost everything within GT and sportscar racing, and has been works driver for both Audi and BMW, winning numerous races both inside and outside Germany.
Jan-Erik Slooten has a background in the Volkswagen Lupo Cup and the Polo Cup, before he did a few seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, but has competed in the VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours races on several occasions.
EFP by TECE announced their enty to the series this week, fielding two Audi R8 LMS cars.
It’s a ultra competitive team that team owner and driver Elia Erhart has put together. He will be joined by Florian Spengler plus Pierre Kaffer and Dries Vanthoor on the team.
Both Kaffer and Vanthoor has done thousands of kilometers in the R8 LMS model, so they can bring valuable knowledge to the team. Erhart drove for the Audi Sport racing academy team in 2017, so he knows a bit about the car too.
Florian Spengler started out in the VW Polo Cup, but went into the ADAC GT Masters in 2011, and has driven that ever since bar a single season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and a season in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe. He has also raced a McLaren MP4-12C in the ADAC GT Masters, so he is a very versatile driver. And by the way, he ISN’T related to Bruno Spengler, even though they share the same surname.
Dries Vanthoor, younger brother to Laurens Vanthoor, has proven himself already. He might only be 19 years old, but he has done several 24 hours races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won with JMW Motorsport in GTE-Am 2017.
Pierre Kaffer, just like Lucas Luhr, has driven almost everything with four wheels. Kaffer was works driver at Audi, before he left for the USA for several seasons, driving for Risi Competizione in their Ferrari F458 Italia. He kept the contacts with Audi in Europe, and has driven a lot of Nürburgring 24 Hours and Spa 24h for the brand.
The ADAC GT Masters season starts on 13-15 April in Oschersleben.