ADAC GT Masters·9.6.2024

Maiden pole for Connor Primm

Simon Connor Primm (Großschirma) produced an impressive display to land his Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo2 on pole position for the second ADAC GT Masters race at Circuit Zandvoort. The top time of 1:33.503 was enough for the Paul Motorsport driver to ensure that he and team-mate Jonas Greif start Sunday’s race from the front of the grid. “Our car has been super all weekend, so I was very confident ahead of qualifying. To come away from the session with first place on the grid is obviously a fantastic result for the Paul Motorsport team and me,” said the delighted pole-sitter.

In second place, 0.406 seconds slower than Connor Primm, was the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Salman Owega (Cologne), who starts alongside David Schumacher for Haupt Racing Team. Third place went to Mike David Ortmann in his Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The 24-year-old shares the cockpit with Denis Bulatov (Cologne/both Walkenhorst Motorsport). Fourth fastest were Tim Zimmermann (Langenargen) and Benjamin Hites (Chile) for Grasser Racing Team in a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo2. Local favourite Maxime Oosten and Leon Köhler (Erlenbach am Main /both FK Performance Motorsport) will start the race from fifth place in a BMW M4 GT3.

The second qualifying session at the 4.259-kilometre circuit began in dry conditions, with glorious sunshine and temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius. A number of cars headed straight onto the track in the dunes at the start of the session. However, a yellow phase ensured they were back in the garage two minutes later following a crash involving the Ferrari 296 GT3 of Swiss driver Jean-Luc D`Auria (Emil Frey Racing). The pursuit of lap times really took off when qualifying resumed. The lead changed hands on several occasions between premium manufacturers Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Mercedes-AMG. Ultimately, however, it was Connor Primm who presented the Paul Motorsport team with its first pole position in the ADAC GT Masters.

Zimmermann initially set the fastest lap time, however, he was then relegated to fourth place on the grid due to an infringement in qualifying. Another penalty was handed to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Tom Kalender (Hamm/Sieg), which was disqualified due to a technical violation and consequently lost third place.

The ADAC GT Masters returns to action at 13:25, when the drivers charge into the Tarzanbocht turn at the start of race two. For fans watching at home, television partner Sport1 is broadcasting the full race on German free-to-air TV. The race is also being streamed live and free of charge on the ADAC Motorsport YouTube channel