Many collisions, close duels and finally a considerably reduced starting field: the first ADAC GT Masters race after the summerbreak offered a lot of action. And right in the middle – the Phoenix Juniors Ivan Lukashevich, Oscar Tunjo, Philip Ellis and Max Hofer, who all moved up several positions during the race.
Oscar and Ivan started from 18th on the grid, not an ideal position, but the two drivers’ powerful performance and a lot of courageous overtaking manoeuvres pushed the Colombian-Russian duo forwards to seventh position. The youngsters were unstoppable and overtook a total of ten opponents. The Audi drivers rushed headlong into every duel but continued to keep their cool during decisive moments in the chaos.
Good pace after a difficult qualifying
Philip Ellis and Max Hofer followed suit in the sister car and started a similarly impressive chase, which was successful at first. The duo moved up 18 places from 29th start position in the course of the race. A drive-through penalty in the last lap robbed them of their deserved reward and they had to make do with a 20th place.
“After a difficult qualifying, the race went extremely well and our pace was really good. Things were extremely turbulent, but the guys held their ground all the way and both cars delivered a strong chase. I’m very pleased with Ivan and Oscar’s eighth place. They fought really hard for the points”, concluded team manager Ernst Moser.
Max Hesse in the front row
Max Hesse also deserved great praise: The young ADAC TCR Germany driver, who is supported by Phoenix Racing, took his best qualifying result to date: second place on the grid. In the race the 17-year-old showed great fighting spirit and finished fourth overall. After seven races the Audi driver leads the rookie classification.
To all fans who can´t be at the Nürburgring this weekend, we recommend the Motorsport Sunday on Sport1. Following the the ADAC GT Masters race (from 1:00pm) the TV channel broadcasts the second run of the ADAC TCR Germany.