ADAC GT MASTERS: ZANDVOORT

For teams and drivers of the ADC GT Masters, many racing actions are on the program at the third round of the dune course on the North Sea coast in Zandvoort.

After two wins in the first four races, Michael Ammerm├╝ller and Mathieu Jaminet come to the North Sea coast as the front runners. In the neon yellow Porsche 911 GT3 R (6-cylinder boxer engine, approx. 550 hp) of the SSR Performance team, the duo has already achieved a 16 point lead and naturally wants to defend their place at the top of the table.

Porsche works driver Jaminet in particular, is looking forward to the start in Zandvoort: “This is clearly one of my favorite race tracks on the ADAC GT Masters calendar. An old school course, really fast, where you as a driver with the right dose of risk and the right line can make the difference more than anywhere else. ”

One of the big challengers is the Italian-Spanish Lamborghini works driver duo Mirko Bortolotti / Albert Costa Balboa. Two-second places and one pole position have been booked for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo (V10 naturally aspirated engine, approximately 600 hp) of the GRT Grasser Racing Team. Now the first victory should finally come. Bortolotti only proved how well the Lambo works on the dune circuit with a win in the GT World Challenge in mid-June.

For the first time, the super sports cars and their drivers will be confronted in Zandvoort with the layout modified given the Formula 1 comeback of the traditional racetrack in September. The most striking changes are the two banked curves. Above all, the elevated target entry curve should ensure more overtaking action. Because the drivers now turn into the start and finish straight faster, they achieve a higher top speed. In the more extended braking zone before turn one, you should be able to overtake better out of the slipstream.

Turn three is now too high. In addition, the banking, which is up to 19 degrees steep (for comparison, Indianapolis, the “mother” of all oval racetracks, has “only” banking of nine degrees), has some height differences in the curve, which should make orientation from the cockpit difficult and easy to find the racing line complicated. However, the pilots should avoid slips here because instead of a run-off zone, a concrete wall is waiting to limit the outer curve …

As if that weren’t enough challenges, the new parts of the track logically have asphalt as smooth as a child’s bottom. In the entire middle section of the route, the driver and equipment are still shaken vigorously by the bumps typical of Zandvoort. Only those who find the perfect compromise in the vote have a chance of success.

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