Cheers on Saturday and an instructive Sunday: after the first race’s victory, Phoenix Racing missed scoring points in the second race, but the team tops the standings after the opening weekend in Oschersleben.
Phoenix Racing was again one of the fastest in the Sunday race: this time it was the sister car’s crew that delivered an impressive performance. Brit Jake Dennis’s stunning lap time during qualifying put the Phoenix Audi in third position on the grid. “A really great session and almost good enough for pole”, said Dennis.
The 22-year-old fought for the lead at the beginning of the race, but after a few laps the Audi R8 LMS dropped back due to technical problems. Dennis and his team mate Oscar Tunjo finally had to cut their losses and finished 14th in the Junior class.
Philip Ellis and Max Hofer also had a tough Sunday. Starting from 26th grid position, Ellis had problems gaining ground. “Unfortunately, things didn’t run smoothly during qualifying. We already had to cope with a tyre defect in the first flying lap and so had to start from far back down the field, where it was a tight fit. Additional weight because of yesterday´s result meant it was hard gaining positions”, Ellis explained. As a result of a slow puncture, the young duo had to come back to the pits again, whereupon it was decided to not enter the race again.
“Phoenix Racing’s return to the ADAC GT Masters couldn’t have been better. I’m really proud of our guys. With their pole position and the victory on Saturday they have proven their talent,” team boss Ernst Moser looks back. “Sunday has shown us how close victory and defeat can be. Now we are looking forward to an exciting season.”
With the championship lead in their pockets, the team travels on to Most in the Czech Republic, where the second race weekend is scheduled for 27 to 29 April.