ADAC Masters Weekend captivates Lausitz

Highly thrilling motorsport in glorious weather For some it was an action-packed motorsport festival, for others it was the happiest weekend in their life: Besides gripping races, surprising winners and thrilled fans the ADAC Masters Weekend at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (from 2 to 4 September) in splendid late summer weather also set the stage for a couple who had met here nine years earlier and were now celebrating their wedding. On the fan-friendly motorsport platform in front of a crowd of 16,500 in addition to the super sports cars of the ADAC GT Masters, the junior drivers of the ATS Formula 3 Cup and the Formel ADAC plus the touring cars of the ADAC PROCAR and the ADAC HAIGO Historic Cup held a total of 13 races spread across Saturday and Sunday.ADAC GT Masters: Porsche and Mercedes celebrate debut wins In the first of two races of the “super sports car league” at the Lausitzring Sebastian Asch/Michael Ammermüller (D/D) won in an a-workx-Porsche. The son of racing legend Roland Asch (D), who shared the sister car with Wolfgang Hageleit (D), and the former Red Bull Formula 1 test driver Ammermüller celebrated their first win of the season in front of Daniel Keilwitz/Diego Alessi (D/I) in a Callaway-Corvette. For Asch/Ammermüller, it was also a special success for a different reason: Three weeks ago at the Red Bull Ring in Austria they were the victims of huge misfortune when they retired while leading the race in their 911. Stefan Wendt/Nicolas Armindo (D/F) in the HEGERSPORT-Porsche completed the podium. The second round on Sunday that could hardly be topped in terms of suspense also saw a debut winner: Florian Stoll and Thomas Jäger in the MS RACING-Mercedes decided their first joint ADAC GT Masters race in their favour. In a duel that continued all the way up to the finish line Jäger/Stoll prevailed against the Ferrari of the Farnbacher ESET Racing team with Dominik Farnbacher and Niclas Kentenich (D/D) that was had been leading the race for a long time. Third place went to Lance-David Arnold/Andreas Zuber (D/UAE) in the HEICO-Mercedes in front of the leaders of the standings, Dino Lunardi/Alexandros Margaritis (F/GR) in the BMW ALPINA of the LIQUI MOLY team Engstler. The BMW duo extended its overall lead. The former leaders of the standings, Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck, remained without points in both races and came under pressure by Luca Ludwig/Christopher Mies (D/D), who are ranking in third place of the standings. The Audi duo from ABT Sportsline clinched sixth and seventh place in both races. Among the amateurs Corvette driver Sven Hannawald (D) alongside Heinz-Harald Frentzen (D) improved his chances for the title by winning one race. The East-German local heroes from NK Racing had invited about 50 guests from two social projects which the team supports. The additional finger crossing at least helped the Lamborghini duo Carsten Seifert/Michael Golz (D/D) that has been unfortunate so far to finish two races.ATS Formula 3 Cup: Stanaway takes early Rookie Champion’s crownThe first title of the season was awarded at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Four races before the end of the ATS Formula 3 Cup season Richie Stanaway (NZ) from the Van Amersfoort Racing team crowned himself Rookie Champion. The first race at the Lausitzring, however, was won by Marco Sörensen (DK). After eight second places the Brandl Racing driver celebrated his second victory of the season in the first race at Lausitz. The Dane won in front of Stanaway and the Briton Tom Blomqvist. With his tenth victory at the 14th round of the season Stanaway in the second race moved closer to achieving his big aim: the title win in the overall classification. Behind the New Zealander who is now leading the standings with a 29-point advantage Sörensen and the Dutchman Hannes van Asseldonk finished on the podium. Formel ADAC: Wehrlein’s title is pretty much assured Even though the weekend did not go perfectly for Pascal Wehrlein (D) he made a big step forwards towards the title win. While his immediate rival Emil Bernstorff (GB) scored no points throughout the weekend, Wehrlein after one victory also clinched two third places at the home round of his Berlin-based team, Mücke Motorsport. His eighth win of the season was achieved in a curious way: He benefited from two drive-through penalties imposed on the leading duo, Mario Farnbacher (D) and Artem Markelov (RUS). Second and third place were thus occupied by Maximilian Buhk (D) and Kean Kristensen (DK). In the second race the Motopark team experienced a great moment: Kristensen celebrated his third triumph of the season ahead of his team-mate Markelov. Had Farnbacher, who finished as the runner-up, not retroactively been taken out of the classification due to insufficient weight, the Oschersleben-based team would even have celebrated a one-two-three victory. This way, Wehrlein managed to advance to the podium. Since the Motopark team has appealed Farnbacher’s penalty, the results of races two and three are still provisional. In the final race Farnbacher (provisionally) won ahead of Markelov and Wehrlein. ADAC PROCAR: Leidinger continues to extend overall leadOne victory and a second place were all Johannes Leidinger (D) needed in order to take another big step towards the title win in Division 1 at the sixth race weekend of the ADAC PROCAR. Leidinger had started into the first race from the pole position in his BMW 320si but had to admit defeat to his fiercest rival and brand colleague Jens Weimann (D) at the end of the race after ten laps. The overall runner-up Weimann suffered a bitter setback in the title fight. He received a drive-through penalty for violating the parc fermé rule. The penalty cost him a possible podium position and earned him a thankless fourth place. Leidinger clinched victory and relegated Christian Fischer (D, Honda) and Mikhail Stepanov (RUS, Toyota) to second and third place. In Division 2 Nils Mierschke (D, Ford) with a victory and a third-place finish took the lead of the standings. The previous front runner, Guido Thierfelder (D, Peugeot), only finished race one, in eighth place.