Hürtgen/Baumann and PIXUM Team Schubert take the lead in the ADAC GT Masters standings
After the one-two on Saturday, Pixum Team Schubert, powered by Jochen Schweizer, celebrated another podium position at the Slovakia Ring near Bratislava (SK) on Sunday. Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT) finished in third place in their BMW Z4 GT3 at the tenth race of the ADAC GT Masters. This saw Hürtgen and Baumann, who won the race on Saturday, take the lead in the drivers’ standings. Their team-mates Jens Klingmann (DE) and Max Sandritter (DE) – second on Saturday – suffered a setback: After a difficult race they retired their BMW Z4 GT3 on the final lap.
Klingmann started from pole position, directly followed by Baumann in second place. However, both BMW Z4 GT3s lost several positions at the rolling start. The two drivers from PIXUM Team Schubert, powered by Jochen Schweizer, made use of the ensuing laps to get back on track to try and reach the podium. Baumann worked his way back into the top 3, but Klingmann dropped back into tenth place after a drive-through penalty.
Baumann handed the BMW Z4 GT3 over to Hürtgen in third place, and she drove the car across the finish line in this position after 27 race laps. Meanwhile, Sandritter, in the second BMW Z4 GT3, attempted to gain some ground. However, a longer safety-car period prevented a chase. The race was only restarted one lap before the finish. In the battle for positions, a competitor clipped the rear left of Sandritter’s BMW Z4 GT3, sending him spinning into the gravel.
With 134 points, Hürtgen and Baumann now head the drivers’ standings of the ADAC GT Masters, with a lead of four points. In the team standings, PIXUM Team Schubert, powered by Jochen Schweizer, has also moved into first place with 154 points. The next round of the ADAC GT Masters will be held at the Nürburgring (DE) from 29th to 31st August.
Stefan Wendl (team manager Schubert Motorsport): “Naturally we have drawn some extremely positive conclusions. We are delighted we were able to pick up so many points for the team and drivers’ standings this weekend. The hard work that the team put in to prepare for the second half of the season has paid off, firstly with the race in the VLN and then with the day of testing on the Slovakia Ring. We had built up a slight advantage for ourselves, which we implemented perfectly in qualifying and in the first race. In the second race on Sunday it was evident the added weight, which we had to take on after the success on Saturday, made things a lot more difficult for us. But the point of these additional weights is to prevent dominance. Therefore we are really pleased the race went the way it did. It was a bit of a shame for Jens and Max, who initially dropped down the field as a result of the drive-through penalty and then had a spin at the end. However, overall they can also be more than pleased with their performance this weekend. They were the clear pace setters. I will, therefore, be building on this so that we will also have two strong races in the remaining events.”
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “We went into the race weekend with the aim of picking up as many points as possible. It’s fantastic that it was enough to take the lead in the standings. However, there are still 150 points for the taking in the remaining races. We will keep fighting and Team Schubert has already planned the next two tests. We will have smiles on our faces in the cockpit and know that we will be as focussed in our preparations for the coming races as we were at the Slovakia Ring.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “As expected the start was very difficult, since the straight on the Slovakia Ring is very long. Therefore we knew the more powerful cars behind us would go on the attack. But after that we were able to make our way back up the field. The drive-through penalty was unfortunate for me. You’re not allowed to improve your sector time when the yellow flags are out and I braked and took my foot off the gas. However, in the previous laps I was involved in some duels, which meant that I was slower in this sector and, as a result of that, I narrowly improved my sector time. I feel bad as we had an extremely good car and, based on our performance, we would definitely have been able to make it onto the podium. At the end, after the restart, we had a collision while the field was close together. However, I’m heading home with a good feeling. We secured a double pole and celebrated a one-two on Saturday. This is why I’m looking forward to the next round at the Nürburgring.”