DEKRA in the ADAC GT Masters
High-Quality Motorsports for all senses
Where brand variety is written large: In the 2019 motorsports season, the ADAC GT Masters is fulfilling its claim to be the “league of the super sports cars” in full. With a total of 31 vehicles and 62 drivers from 13 nations, the championship not only has an outstanding caliber of participant but also impresses with high quality in the field. And in DEKRA, the GT Masters knows it has a high-caliber and reliable partner at its side.
The leading expert organization DEKRA and the popular German racing series have been working together since 2008. It is the longest partnership in the history of the GT Masters. It is conspicuously documented by the start number presentation with the striking DEKRA logo on the vehicles of Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche.
And it is this brand variety in particular that generates enthusiasm. “Hardly any other series brings fascinating automotive technology as impressively to life for the fan – both visually and acoustically – as the GT Masters,” says Sabine Knaupp, Head of Operational Marketing of DEKRA SE. “Thus, the rightly named ‘league of super sports cars’ is a perfect presentation platform for DEKRA.”
A new participant in the GT Masters this year is the tradition-steeped British brand Aston Martin, which is competing in the popular racing series again for the first time since 2013 with the Vantage GT3 model. Aston Martin has strengthened its activities in the German market in general: In 2019, the manufacturer is also represented with its vehicles in the DTM and the new ADAC GT4 Germany, which are both also supported by DEKRA.
From a purely technical point of view, there is something for everyone in the ADAC GT Masters: The internationally used GT3 regulations allow the use of different vehicle concepts with front, central, and rear engines. By means of a Balance of Performance (BoP), which is applied in uniform fashion worldwide, the individual GT3 racing cars are brought to a similar performance level. This provides for equality of opportunity among the eight brands.
And the GT Masters has quite a bit to offer again this year in terms of the drivers. In addition to title-holder Robert Renauer, seven other former champions are also participating, including two-time champion Sebastian Asch. As the current title-holder of the Porsche Carrera Cup, Thomas Preining is a new entrant in the race series, as is Fabian Vettel, the younger brother of Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Ten other drivers are starting in the up to 600 hp-strong sports cars in the GT Masters for the first time in 2019. There they will come up against the cumulative experience of Christopher Mies, Stefan Mücke, Frank Stippler, and Markus Winkelhock – as well as Daniel Keilwitz, the championship’s most successful driver with 22 race wins. This gives rise to an exciting mix of routine and youth, which has already impressed in previous years. And not a few talents have managed the jump into international race series after their time in the GT Masters.
The 19 racing teams in the GT Masters are also extremely professionally positioned. This year, the former DTM teams Mücke Motorsport and Zakspeed are competing with teams including the long-distance specialists of HTP Motorsport and Land-Motorsport as well as the team of sports car world champion Timo Bernhard, who is taking to the wheel himself again.
The race calendar of the ADAC GT Masters foresees a total of seven events in Germany and neighboring countries in 2019. From the kick-off in Oschersleben in April to the finale at the Sachsenring in September, the drivers will compete in two one-hour races – which include a driver change – per weekend. This means that two drivers share a vehicle. Action at the pit stops and varied strategies are thus guaranteed.
The framework program also offers the finest of motorsports entertainment: In ADAC Formula 4 – also supported by DEKRA – teenage Formula racing beginners are prepared for higher assignments in motor racing and earn their first stripes in the 160 hp racing car. Also presenting itself as hard-fought is the ADAC TCR Germany with its series-oriented 350 hp touring cars from the medium-class segment. DEKRA appears as a partner in this series also. The same applies to the new ADAC GT4 Germany, whose vehicles – with a performance of 360 to 510 hp – allow an attractive but affordable entry into the GT sport. More variety-packed motorsports on just one weekend can be found nowhere else. The ADAC GT Masters 2019 and its supporting series – a high-octane mix for all senses!