The sixth stop of the ADAC GT Masters season at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg delivered some exciting data and stories. The paddock radar from the grand finale at the former Formula 1 circuit in Hockenheim.
A Homecomer Having a Blast
Nico Bastian (Ludwigsburg) shared the cockpit of the Porsche 911 GT3 R with Michael Joos (Vöhringen/Team Joos by RACEmotion) at the ADAC GT Masters finale at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg. While the two races might not have gone according to plan with a tenth place and a retirement, Bastian still really enjoyed his appearance. “It was great to be back in the ADAC GT Masters. A lot has changed since the last time I started back in 2014. The quality in the race series is still at an incredibly high level. I was delighted to be back in the cockpit. Driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R was so much fun,” said the series homecomer.
Most Successful Brand of the Season
Alain Valente (CH) and Ralf Aron’s (EST/both Haupt Racing Team) maiden victory saw Mercedes-AMG crowned the most successful manufacturer in the ADAC GT Masters 2023. With four wins, the brand colleagues of Landgraf Motorsport were the most victorious team. This brings the brand with the star up to five season wins. The Porsche team finished in first place four times, while the Lamborghini team GRT Grasser Racing Team finished first twice. BMW celebrated first place at the ninth race of the season, at the Red Bull Ring.
Multiple Appearances in Hockenheim
Jannes Fittje (Langenhain) was a busy man at the season finale. After finishing the penultimate race of the season in third place in the Porsche 911 GT3 R with his team-mate Nico Menzel (Kelberg/both Huber Motorsport) on Saturday, he sprinted to the ADAC GT4 Germany starting grid. He contested this race alongside David Jahn and ended up lifting the winner’s trophy.
A Fitting Season Finale
The ADAC GT Masters celebrated at the championship party on Sunday. At the Greschbach-Halle at the Hockenheimring, the winners of the overall, team, and Pirelli Junior standings were presented with their cups. And it wasn’t only the trophies for the legendary GT series that were handed out: The winners of the DTM and the ADAC GT4 Germany also received their awards.
Talk PS on Air
On Saturday evening, the free @adacmotorsports YouTube channel streamed “PS on Air – The Ravenol ADAC GT Masters Talk”. Host Patrick Simon welcomed Elias Seppänen (FIN/Landgraf Motorsport) as well as the new ADAC GT4 Germany champions, Hugo Sasse and Mike David Ortmann. The PROsport Racing duo spoke about defending their title in the ADAC’s GT4 series. Olaf Manthey, founder of the DTM race team Manthey EMA, also shared his expertise on the microphone.
Brothers in Arms
Moritz Wiskirchen (Euskirchen) made his ADAC GT Masters debut alongside local hero Marcel Marchewicz of Schwetzingen. Finishing in fifth place in the twelfth race of the season, the 21-year-old also celebrated third place in the Pirelli Junior standings, which saw him take home a trophy. His brother Philip Wiskirchen (Euskirchen) contested the ADAC GT4 Germany with a BMW M4 GT4 for ME-Motorsport.
Finger Crossing Paid Off
At the season finale in Hockenheim, Paul Aron (EST) was looking over his big brother Ralf Aron’s shoulder. 19-year-old Paul, a Formula 3 driver and Mercedes-AMG Junior, gave his brother Ralf, who is six years older than him, a huge hug after his first win in the ADAC GT Masters.
Second One-Two-Three Result of the Season
For the second time in the ADAC GT Masters 2023, a manufacturer secured all three spots on the podium – this time it was the turn of Mercedes-AMG. Haupt Racing Team celebrated a one-two result in the final race of the season. Landgraf provided the third shining star at the track in the woods around Schwetzingen. Previously, the Porsche teams Huber Motorsport, Team Joos by RACEmotion, and Huber Racing laid claim to the podium in the fourth race at the Norisring.