ADAC Masters Saving the best till last

14 races and thrilling championship deciders - ADAC Masters Weekend season 2011 concludes at Hockenheim  Full gas is given a final time at Hockenheim before the ADAC Masters Weekend bids farewell for the winter. No less than 14 races are staged at the Baden Motodrom on October 1 and 2. The October motorsport festival starts on Friday 30 September with the first practice sessions. Taking centre stage alongside the regular ADAC GT Masters, ATS Formula 3 Cup, Formel ADAC and ADAC PROCAR championships are the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo and MINI Challenge which hold their penultimate races of the season. The fact that several championships are still to be decided adds extra spice to the events: four opponents fight for championship honours in the ADAC GT Masters, in the Formel ADAC there are three contenders. Two touring car drivers duel for overall victory in the ADAC PROCAR Division 2. The question of who claims the championship in the two guest series’ is also open. Important progress towards title honours can also be made at Hockenheim. Admission to the ADAC Masters Weekend championship deciding weekend costs 15 Euro per day and includes paddock access. Children up to 12 years of age are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. ADAC GT Masters: four opponents, three brands, one title – who triumphs?BMW ALPINA drivers Alexandros Margaritis and Dino Lunardi travel as championship leaders to Hockenheim for the ‘league of super sportscars’ grand season finale. The DTM experienced German-Greek driver and his French partner extended their lead over the two Stuck brothers Johannes and Ferdinand (A) in a Reiter-Lamborghini with a victory at the last round in Assen (NL). 28 points separate the two main rivals. A maximum 50 points are still up for grabs at Hockenheim. As a result, last year’s championship runner-up Christopher Mies (D) also has a good chance since the ABT-Audi driver is only three points behind the Stucks. The title aspirations of fourth placed Luca Ludwig (D) in another ABT-Audi are more mathematical. He is 42 points behind. Nevertheless, the son of touring car legend Klaus Ludwig will, like every other driver, give his all in the two one-hour races (starting at 12:00 on Saturday and Sunday, live on ‘kabel eins’ from 11:45) to close the season with a top result. A new record number of participants are expected at the finale. 46 cars representing ten different brands are in the entry list – more starters are not allowed at Hockenheim. Also among the contenders are many local matadors such as Ludwig’s cockpit partner Jens Klingmann from Leimen, the rapid Mercedes driver Andreas Wirth from Heidelberg or Porsche driver Swen Dolenc from Maulbronn who fights for the championship in the amateur category. The Corvette team Callaway Competition from Leingarten also has its home race with the duo Sven Hannawald (D) and Heinz-Harald Frentzen (D) as most prominent contenders. ATS Formula 3 Cup: Show races at finaleThe top two championship positions in Germany’s fastest single-seater series are irrevocably awarded to champion Richie Stanaway (NZ) and his closest rival Marco Sørensen (DK). Klaus Bachler (A) is also as good as untouchable in third overall. Maxim Travin (RUS) clinched the Trophy classification title early. Motivation among the drivers is, nevertheless, high since the every driver in the ATS Formula 3 Cup aims to use the last race of the year to make their mark. Champion Stanaway also has big plans: “I’ve achieved everything this season, the championship title, I won the SONAX Rookie Trophy and won the most races. Just a maximum points score for a race weekend is missing.” The 24 points are awarded for two wins, two pole positions and two fastest race laps. Markus Pommer as local matador from Heilbronn with many fans in the grandstands is also hoping for a good result. Pommer is best placed German in the internationally popular ‘star of tomorrow’ series in seventh position. Formel ADAC: could the dark horse really have the last laugh? As many as 75 points are on offer in the three final Formel ADAC races. The title battle is completely open with just 36 points separating leader and local matador Pascal Wehrlein from Worndorf and Briton Emil Bernstorff. Or can third overall Sven Müller (D) turn the tables to his advantage in line with the well-known motto “When two people quarrel, a third rejoices...” However, the driver from Bingen who recently scored two wins travels to Hockenheim 59 points behind the leader. The chasing pack will obviously not just sit back and watch the lead trio claim the podium positions at the Baden Motodrom. The thirst for champagne showers is big among the young race drivers and even team mates fight tooth and nail for position. Lucas Wolf also feels the urge for the podium. The youngster from Mörlenbach is another local matador in the field of international young talents. ADAC PROCAR: close title battle in Division 2 After BMW driver Johannes Leidinger (D) clinched the Division 1 title at the penultimate round, the battle for second position overall in the top Super 2000 car class and also the championship decider in Division 2 moved into the spotlight. Jens Weimann against Peter Rikli, BMW versus Honda, Germany or Switzerland, 92 points compared to 76 points is the duel for the Division 1 runner-up title. In the Super 1600 touring car class Ford driver Niels Mierschke (D) holds a slender nine point lead over Guido Thierfelder (D) in a Peugeot. The pendulum in the championship battle could swing either way here – so all to play for. National and international TV coverage, live streams onlineThe two ADAC GT Masters are broadcast live on ‘kabel eins’ (Saturday and Sunday from 11:45). The TV channel screens a highlight magazine covering the Formula car races during the night to Monday (3 October 1:15). TV highlights of all the events at Hockenheim are shown by ‘SPORT1’ (8 October from 13:30). ‘MotorsTV’ broadcasts a recording of the ADAC GT Masters races in full length (4 October from 21:15; 5 October from 9:30 and from 17:30; 6 October from 12:00 and from 23:25; 7 October at 13:45). The ATS Formula 3 Cup, ADAC Formel Masters and ADAC PROCAR races – found on the relevant series websites – are also broadcast as livestream in the internet.