Christian Abt, the team leader at Prosperia C. Abt Racing, had forecast a difficult weekend for his team for the third ADAC GT Masters race of the season. The classification-related top speed disadvantage of the Audi R8 LMS ultra on short routes like the Lausitzring is too big. After two eventful races, however, Abt comes to a satisfied conclusion: "We made the best of the situation, found a good setup and won important points. In the end, we were even able to reduce our lag in the driver and team evaluation thanks to the strong second place of René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde in the second race."
Réne Rast comes to a similar result: "This was a good weekend for us. Particularly the six points for our seventh position in the first race, in which we dropped back as far as place 21 in the starting phase because of a spin that wasn't due to our fault, could be very important in the further course of the season." The achievement of young Kelvin van der Linde, who took over the Audi with starting number ten on rank two after the mandatory pit stop on Sunday and confidently drove it to the finish on this rank. The 17-year-old South African even had the fastest lap of the race with 1.20.629 minutes. "The boy is improving more and more. This was another extremely strong result," Abt praises his youngster.
The most attention during the third racing weekend of the ADAC GT Masters was on rally world champion Sébastien Ogier, however. The VW works pilot had his debut in a GT3 racing car as a guest starter and drove the Prosperia-Audi with starting number twelve to rank eight in the second race, even reaching a point position, by the side of Markus Winkelhock. "Ogier did a great job in an environment that was unfamiliar to him," Christian Abt is pleased with the impressive performance of the rally star, who in turn seemed to enjoy motor sports on the round track. In race one, the Frenchman stood out with lap times only slightly above those of the top pilots of the series. As the starting driver in race two, he stayed smartly out of all skirmishes. "I wanted to keep my risk low and come into the race well. Therefore, I had to detour into the meadow briefly during the first bend. Then the race actually went rather well for me," sais Ogier, who will return to his usual working tool, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, at the Rally Italy on 8 June.
Team owner Slobodan Cvetkovic was happy with the overall results of the weekend in the Lausitz as well: "Once again, it became clear that the Lausitzring is not an Audi route. All in all, our entire team has presented itself outstandingly here, however, and done an impeccable job. This makes me a bit more confident for the next races on the Red Bull Ring in Austria. With its long straight sections, it isn't exactly perfect for us either. Once again, we will need to focus on winning as many points as possible and to avoid losing too much ground in the fight for the championship," Cvetkovic looks ahead to the race in Austria from 6 to 8 June.