American cars and drivers rule between the Dunes
Report and photo: Willem J. Staat
The Callaway Corvette C7 R from local hero Renger van der Zande, who replaced the injured regular driver Daniel Keilwitz and championship leader Jules Gounon took a win in the first race on Saturday with the Frenchman increasing his lead in the championship. Gounon immediately took the lead with the Zakspeed AMG Mercedes GT3 from Luca Stolz on his heels and the Aust Audi R8 from Markus Pommer. After the regular driver changes Van der Zande managed to keep the Callaway Corvette in the lead and the popular Dutchman took his first-ever win the ADAC GT Masters in which he drove for the last time two years ago at the Nürburgring. Pommer/Van der Linder finished 2nd with the AUST Audi R8 LMS whilst another Dutchman Indy Dontje took 3rd together with German Marvin Kirchhöfer in the http Mercedes GT3.
Van der Zande: “Callaway approached me whether I could help the team at my hometrack.” Gounon: “We were not the quickest but managed to win” In the second race Montaplast by Land Audi took a double win with Conor de Phillippi and Christopher Mies as the winners followed by their teammates Jeffrey Schmidt and Christopher Haase in a similar car. Due to bad weather circumstances had been interrupted by the safetycar four times. When Kelvin van der Linde and Christian Engelhart eliminated themselves at the Audi bend it opened the way to success for reigning champion Conor De Phillippi taking his first win of the season together with Christopher Mies. In very bad weather circumstances the Lamborgini from Florian Spengler/Christopher Zanella finished 3rd.
In the TCR Germany American Jason Wolfe took his first ever TCR win after a lot of drivers were excluded from the results because the teams were still changing tyres after the three minutes signal. Wolfe wrote American history by becoming the first American to win a TCR Race in Europe. The second race was being taken by local hero Niels Langeveld with Racing One Audi RS3.