Eighth place and four points that really help in the championship battle: After qualifying down in twelfth place, local star Max Hofer and his teammate Philip Ellis put together a strong performance to recover into the top 10. The Red Bull Ring is not a happy hunting ground for the Audi R8 LMS GT3, and so the junior drivers were all the more pleased with their performance.
“Our aim was to finish in the points and get a decent haul to help us in the Junior class championship,” said Max Hofer after the race. “The plan came together and we finished in eighth position. I think we did a great job and can be happy with the result.” Ellis and Hofer collected a total of 18 points in the Junior championship, which the pair continue to lead.
Moving in the right direction
Ivan Lukashevich only just missed out on his first points in the ADAC GT Masters. The Russian driver continued his impressive form in Spielberg. “It was a lot of fun today. We made a lot of overtakes and were able to take a significant step forward compared to the last race in Most,” the 27-year-old said.
Lukashevich and his teammate Oscar Tunjo caused an upset in qualifying, after the Colombian recorded a fastest lap time of 1:28.918 to put the #36 car ninth on the grid.
Souvenirs from the track walk
Max Hofer and Philip Ellis’ Saturday evening track walk showed how close the wheel-to-wheel battles had been during the fifth race of the season. The pair collected numerous winglets and bodywork parts from the track, both from their own car and from others.
It remains to be seen whether the Phoenix Racing pair can repeat their performance and gather more valuable points on Sunday. What’s certain is that paintwork will be swapped and fierce on-track battles will be provided. The second race at the Red Bull Ring starts at 1:08 pm and will be broadcast on Sport1 and on the official live stream.