ADAC GT Masters postpone and moves around

There is hardly any race series in the world that isn’t affected by the COVID-19 virus. ADAC GT Masters is the most recent one to be hit, and it resulted in the opening race planned for the end of April in Oschersleben being postponed until October. It changes the event from being the opening round to being the final round of the 2020 series. Oschersleben was scheduled to host the collective test early April, but that has been cancelled and won’t be replaced. There is still no decision on Round…

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Lambo, Audi and BMW news

The driver announcements for the ADAC GT Masters 2020 keep coming in at a high rate. GRT Grasser Racing Team has announced Clemens Schmid as the teammate to Niels Langrange in the green Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo #19. Schmid has previously raced in the ADAC GT Masters, but most recently did so in a Mercedes. He is a bit of a multi-brand talent, having raced Porsche, Bentley and Audi in the past too, but this will be his first time in a Lambo. Aust Motorsport returns with two Audi R8…

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GT Masters driver announcements en masse

The ADAC GT Masters teams are slowly starting to announce their 2020 drivers. With two months left until the season opener, we already have a lot of names set in stone. The defending champions from HCB-Rutronik Racing Audi will return with their championship pair Patric Niederhauser and Kelvin van der Linde. Both drivers in the team’s second car has also been renewed, with Dennis Marschall and Carrie Schreiner getting their second season for the team. They finished the season off with a podium at the Hockenheim weekend. Their goal is…

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ADAC GT Masters oversubscribed

ADAC GT Masters already has all spots taken for the 2020 season. It’s just two weeks since the entry for the 2020 season opened, and the organizers have chosen to close the entry today, having already received 39 entries. Only 34 cars are allowed by the rules, so there will have to be a bit of picking and choosing to be done. No complete entry list has been announced, but the series itself has revealed that WRT, Toksport and SSR Performance are new full-season teams. On top of that, we…

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Porsche retirements and new hires etc

Porsche held their annual season-ending party in Stuttgart, where the 2019 season was closed down, and looking forward to 2020. When you say Porsche – at least for the last twenty years – you often think about Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. These two will go into retirement now, but will still be present at Porsche, becoming brand ambassadors. Bergmeister will be helping out on new road car development, while Bernhard will continue running his own KÜS Team75 Bernhard team in ADAC GT Masters. 43-year-old Bergmeister and 38-year-old Bernhard have…

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Flash news: Hockenheim confirmed

ADAC GT Masters has confirmed their final TBA on the 2020 schedule. And it’s not a surprise, that it was Hockenheim. It was rather surprising that it wasn’t on the initial schedule issued in September. The race weekend will run from 18-20 September, and will have the ADAC GT Masters, which continues with GT3 cars, joined by ADAC GT4 Germany, ADAC TCR Germany, ADAC Formula 4 and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the time table. The entry for the 2020 series has started this week with 28 full season spots,…

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Bortolotti and Niederhauser hired by Audi

Audi Sport has announced their GT works driver for the 2020 season. There were just ten drivers in the programme in 2019, but that has been extended to twelve. Mirko Bortolotti and Patric Niederhauser are the new employees to race in the Audi R8 GT3 Evo cars all over the world. Niederhauser has been racing Audi cars on/off since 2017 in things like the ADAC GT Masters, but now he is directly under contract with Audi Sport. He won the 2019 ADAC GT Masters title with Kelvin van der Linde…

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ADAC ready for 2020

ADAC has announced the majority of it’s 2020 schedule 6 of the 7 rounds are exactly the same as in 2019, for ADAC GT Masters, and in almost the same order. The majority of th races will run on the same weekends as this year. The season starts once again in Oschersleben at the end of April, before the series visits Most and Red Bull Ring prior to the summer break. After two months of holiday due to the Olympic Games and the European Football Championships, Nürburgring and Zandvoort will…

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The winner at Nürburgring disqualified

Sometimes it takes a long time to get to the end point. That is certainly the case in ADAC GT Masters, where the race result from Nürburgring race two back in August, has changed. The winner, Orange1 by GRT Grasser Lamborghini #82 with Rolf Ineichen and Franck Perera, has been disqualified due to a wrong dimension of the air restrictor on their car. That elevates KÜS Team75 Bernhard #17 with Timo Bernhard and Klaus Bachler to the first place, ahead of Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser in the…

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MRS pulls a rabbit out of a hat

Molitor Racing Systems, or in short MRS GT-Racing, has pulled a rabbit out of a hat. The team has just announced their two drivers for the ADAC GT Masters 2019, only two days before the season starts. Jens Klingmann will continue at the German team in their BMW M6 GT3, which is the only representative from the German brand in the series. Klingmann is a BMW works driver, so he is a natural choice for the seat. Hi co-driver will be young Danish driver Nicolai Sylvest, who switches from Team…

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ADAC GT Masters field ready for the opening round – updated

The ADAC GT Masters have their entry ready for the 2019 season. As we have previously reported, 31 cars will run this season, with a good mix of 7 different manufacturers. One of the last teams to announce their drivers is Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing. They have put a Dutch driver in each of their cars – Kelvin Snoeks will share his car with Mick Wishofer, while Jeroen Bleekemolen will be teammates with Jimmy Eriksson. Mick Wishofer has raced in ADAC Formula 4 for the last two seasons,…

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ADAC GT Masters with 31 cars

ADAC GT Masters has got 31 entries for the 2019 season. There is a good mix of new and old faces, with a total of 8 different manufacturers. Audi will be the most popular choice with a total of 13 cars, run by Aust Motorsport, HCB-Rutronik Racing, EFP Car Collection by TECE, BWT Mücke Motorsport, Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, Team ISR plus T3 Motorsport. Mercedes will have five cars by Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing, Schütz Motorsport and Mann-Filter Team HTP, while Porsche keeps their four cars from last season…

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More announcements from ADAC GT Masters

The ADAC GT Masters teams are finalizing their 2019 line ups bit by bit. The EFP Car Collection by TECE returns to the series again in 2019. The team with the tongue twister name, will once again enter two Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars, which has now been upgraded to the 2019 Evo versions. Pierre Kaffer and Elia Erhart will share one of the cars. Those two were already teammates in 2018, where they managed to surprise everybody by winning the Sunday race at Sachsenring. They only managed to finish…

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Lambo and Ferrari drivers announced

The entries for the ADAC GT Masters 2019 are coming in with a steady flow these days. GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini and HB Racing Ferrari have also announced their drivers. The GRT team will once again bring three cars. Mirko Bortolotti, Marco Mapelli, Franck Perera, Christian Engelhart and Rolf Ineichen will all return, while Michele Beretta will be the new face in the team. Beretta has been selected for the junior programme at Lamborghini, so they have opted to put him in one of their best teams, in of…

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Corvette and Mercedes drivers announced

Callaway Competition Corvette and MANN-FILTER Team HTP Mercedes have announced their drivers for the upcoming 2019 season in ADAC GT Masters. There are changes to three of the four seats in the two cars. Marvin Kirchhöfer will stay in the Callaway Competition Corvette #77, while he will be joined by Markus Pommer. Pommer was actually driving for HTP in 2018, but had a few seasons in an Audi at Aust Motorsport prior to that. Kirchhöfer has a history at HTP too, but that was back in the 2017 season. MANN-FILTER…

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BWT Mücke Motorsport upgrades

BWT Mücke Motorsport are doing upgrades ahead of the ADAC GT Masters 2019 season. There is a smaller update on the driver line-up, but primarily on the three cars, that the team enters. All their Audi R8 LMS cars will have the brand new Evo kit from Audi Sport, so the cars will have a bit more performance, and a bit better cooling on warm days. Just like last season, the team will run two pink BWT cars and a single orange kfzteile24 car. The orange #24 will be driven…

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PROsport Performance completes outfit

PROsport Performance has found their final two drivers for the ADAC GT Masters 2019 attack. That will be two brand new drivers in the series, who have neither driven ADAC GT Masters nor an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Hugo de Sadeleer arrives at the team with two seasons at United Autosports in the European Le Mans Series in his baggage, where he raced LMP cars, which included the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He raced in single-seaters like Formula BMW and Formula Renault prior, before he switched over to the…

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ADAC GT Masters announcements catch-up

The ADAC GT Masters teams are slowly but surely starting to announce their programmes for the 2019 season. We already knew back in December, that KÜS Team75 Bernhard would be back, and earlier we have had Audi confirm a lot of cars. HCB-Rutronik Racing will enter two Audi R8 LMS cars, where one of them will be piloted by Carrie Schreiner and Dennis Marschall. Schreiner has raced ADAC Formula 4 in the past, but went on to compete in things like Lamborghini Super Trofeo. She already started to work with…

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GetSpeed Performance confirms Mercedes AMG Customer Program for 2019. J2-Racing move up to GT3 class.

We already reported last Saturday, January 26th 2019, about this potential plan.  It now has been officially confirmed by GetSpeed Performance, that they will be changing from Porsche to a Mercedes AMG Customer Program for 2019, racing with AMG GT3 and GT4 cars in the VLN Endurance Championship and in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.  GetSpeed Performance yet will also expand their activities into other series.  They will deploy up to 10 AMG GT GT3 and GT4 in total, and in addition to VLN and N24h, participate with two AMG GT4…

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Recently retired Schnitzer BMW Team principal Charly Lamm dies suddenly at the age of 63

Only two months after his retirement as team principal of the Schnitzer BMW Team – right after the Macau Grand Prix which Augusto Farfus won for Schnitzer in a BMW M6 GT3 – Charly (Karl) Lamm has died rather suddenly at the age of 63 years on Thursday January 24th, 2019, after a very short but severe illness. Photo: BMW Motorsport This news today has put a large part of the motorsport world in shock and sadness.  Team Schnitzer, BMW Motorsport, drivers, fans, and even BMW’s competitors, issued statements on…

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