Day One of the ADAC GT Master race weekend at Most is marked by a new record

17.05.2019 21:17

The record established during the first edition of the ADAC GT Masters super sports car championship event held at Autodrom Most in 2018 was broken during free practice sessions on Friday 17 May 2019. After last year’s successful Czech premiere, the prestigious series has returned to North Bohemia after a year. The best lap time has been improved by Sven Barth of Germany driving a Corvette C7 GT3-R, having lapped in 1m31.485s. This means that he was less than a hundredth of a second faster than Jeffrey Schmidt in his Audi R8 LMS during last year’s Saturday qualifying session.

Better laps achieved by the special race cars this year are most likely due to the new asphalt surface, which covers two thirds of the Most circuit, where bumps and other surface imperfections have disappeared. So one can assume that the lap times will further improve above all during the Saturday qualifying session.

The absolute Autodrom Most record is held by Stefan Mücke. Exactly ten years ago, he did a 1m25.610s there driving a Mercedes Benz C-Klasse DTM. The thirty-seven years old nice driver of Germany is present again this weekend at Most. He will show himself in an Audi R8 LMS of the BWT Mücke Motorsport team, where his team-mate is Nikolaj Rogivue of Switzerland. The ADAC GT Masters cars are unable to match the pace of the super powerful Mercedes DTM but they will make sure that it is an unforgettable experience to watch them race at full speed on the track. “It’s a challenge. I’m gonna do maximum in my power to clock the fastest time within the ADAC GT Masters at Most this year,” said Stefan Mücke.

Of course, it is also Filip Salaquarda, the only Czech representative on the home ADAC GT Master grid, who wishes to succeed. “Unfortunately, I’ve got almost no track time. After changing to new tyres, the practice was red flagged, and there was very little time left after the restart. That’s why our team have agreed that there’s no point trying to improve our times. So far, the weather has been on our side, and I believe that it’ll keep fine for tomorrow’s qualifying session,” said Filip evaluating the Friday practice. He takes spells at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS of his father’s I.S.R. team with his German team-mate, Frank Stippler.

It is also the teams taking part in three support racing series on the programme of the Most race weekend that have been through the practice sessions: ADAC TCR Germany, Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, and Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. The TCR touring cars have even completed their qualifying for Saturday and Sunday races.

After the qualifying sessions, the spectators will enjoy hard battles for points on Saturday and Sunday. Although the pre-event sales have closed, the fans can still buy tickets at the venue of the races, that is, at the entrance to the Autodrom spectator bank, at the entrance to the paddock as well as on the grounds of the Matylda recreation centre. The circuit will open at 7.00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The ADAC GT Masters defending champion, Robert Renauer, will try to repeat his success scored at the season-opening event at Oschersleben in late April. Alongside his new Precote Herberth Motorsport team-mate, Thomas Preining, he tops the provisional classification after the first two races driving a Porsche 911 GT3.

 


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