The weekend’s second race in ADAC GT Masters at Nürburgring saw a completely different team on Pole Position.
It was Team ISR #33 with Frank Stippler that snatched Pole for Audi, ahead of another Audi in the form of BWT Mücke Motorsport #24, while MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes #47 sneaked in ahead of BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi #25.
The championship leader Callaway Competition Corvette #1 would start from P10, since the car was nowhere near as fast as it was in the last race.
BMW Team Schnitzer #42 with Mikkel Jensen and Timo Scheider was all the way back on 27th position, while Nicolai Sylvest and Kim Luis Schramm in Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing #20 should start twelve positions ahead in P15.
The start was chaotic when Team ISR #33 got out of position, and only went to the right place on the last second. The stewards looked at the incident but decided to not do anything about it.
It created a bit of a mess on the field, where Callaway Competition Corvette #1 came all the way up to third place behind #33 and #24, that were the only ones holding their positions.
There was another trouble as the cars had to go through the chicane for the first time, at the end of the lap. KÜS Team75 Bernhard Porsche #17 had a tour on the grass after some commotion around EFP by TECE Audi #12.
Lucas Luhr in IronForce by Ring Police Porsche #69 got spun around by Timo Scheider in BMW Team Schnitzer #42, which gave the latter a drive-through penalty.
Kim Luis Schramm lost a couple of positions on the first lap, so he was now on 17th position.
Twenty minutes into the race, Callaway Competition Corvette #1 had some problems. They had to pit and later retire. Really disappointing since they were in a good spot for the podium.
EFP by TECE Audi #12 got the stewards’ attention again, this time it was because of their pitstop that went a bit too quick. The error gave them a drive-through penalty.
There was, however, nothing wrong with the pitstop of the top three teams. The order after the pitsop was Team ISR Audi #33 still in front, followed by BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi #24 and MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes #47.
Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing Mercedes #21 fought to drive past Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi #28, and thus came up to P9.
BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi #26 was under attack from Phoenix Racing Audi #5 and HB Racing Ferrari #7. They had to give up fifth place but could keep #7 behind.
BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi #24 and MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes #47 came to a close duel for the second place, where Markus Pommer was right behind Mike David Ortmann’s rear wing. When the two cars were in the last lap, #47 dived past and claimed the second place.
Phoenix Racing Audi #6 hit IronForce by Ring Police Porsche #69, so that the latter spun around. Although the two were already out of the points. #6 got a drive-through penalty for the incident.
Team ISR Audi #33 with Frank Stippler and Filip Salaquarda won the race, ahead of MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes #47 with Markus Pommer and Maximilian Götz, and BWT Mücke Motorsport Audi #24 with Mike David Ortmann and Markus Winkelhock.
Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing Mercedes #20 with Nicolai Sylvest and Kim Luis Schramm finished the race on P16, while BMW Team Schnitzer #42 with Mikkel Jensen and Timo Scheider finished 28th after the penalty earlier in the race.
The weekend’s result means that Callaway Competition Corvette #1 is still in the lead in the championship, but now only one point ahead of MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes #47. While Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche #99 and ORANGE1 by GRT Grasser Lamborghini #63 are second and third respectively.
In two weeks’ time ADAC GT Masters will return, when the fifth round will be run on Zandvoort, in the Netherlands.