The two Phoenix drivers Philip Ellis and Max Hofer finished eleventh in Sunday’s ADAC GT Masters race and consolidated their second place in the Junior classification.
It’s no secret that it’s a tight fight in the ADAC GT Masters, but the field has rarely been as close as it was on the Nürburgring. 29 cars were within a second of each other in qualifying for the weekend’s second race.
What makes the motorsport fan’s heart beat faster, doesn’t make life easier for the competitors. Although Max Hofer was just four tenths of a second shy of pole position, it only meant 13th place. Ivan Lukashevich too had to simply grin and bear it. Despite having scored his first GT Masters points a day earlier, the Russian landed in 20th place, just 0,6 seconds down.
The race was similarly tight. After Max Hofer’s stint behind the #5 wheel during the first race half, Philip Ellis continued to fight for points. “At the beginning, I was able to go full pace and close the gap to opponents in front of me, but I lost time in the pack and had limited attack possibilities. It’s a shame. We only just missed the Top Ten with our eleventh place”, Ellis summed up.
However, there was still a reason to be pleased: the two rookies collected 15 championship points in the Junior classification. There are signs of a duel between Luca Stolz (90 points) and our duo (82,5 points) in the fight for the title.
Oscar Tunjo and Ivan Lukashevich went empty-handed from the Sunday race. After the Colombian – Russian duo had celebrated Saturday’s strong seventh place, they only finished 30th due to a time penalty.
Frank Stippler had every reason to celebrate: We’d like to congratulate our VLN driver and loyal friend on his victory!