The Porsche customer teams enjoyed a successful race on Sunday in Zandvoort: At round ten of the ADAC GT Masters, Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet and Robert Renauer claimed victory with a 4.8-second advantage over their closest pursuer in second place. Thanks to their maiden win of the season, the Precote Herberth Motorsport pilots now rank second in the drivers’ classification. Klaus Bachler and Adrien de Leener also brought home a podium result with third place and celebrated the best result of the season for their KÜS Team75 Bernhard squad. The newcomer team IronForce by Ring Police crossed the finish line in position 18 and won in the Trophy category.
Already in the morning qualifying, Porsche-supported Jaminet delivered a flawless performance on the storied 4.307-kilometre racetrack and scored the first pole position for the 911 GT3 R in this year’s ADAC GT Masters. As the start driver, the Frenchman defended his lead effortlessly. After 16 laps and while holding the lead, Jaminet handed the car over to his German teammate, Renauer. The Bavarian used his experience from 105 ADAC GT Masters races and also managed to pull clear of his pursuers after a safety car phase. This marks the sixth victory for Renauer in the super sports car league. “That was a perfect day for us: pole position, victory and the fastest race lap. Our crew did a fabulous job and the 911 GT3 R ran superbly. The maiden win for Porsche in this series in 2018 was very important for the whole team. Tonight we’re going to celebrate,” declared Jaminet.
The 911 GT3 R with the starting number 18 crossed the finish line in third place and thus claimed a podium spot. Bachler from Austria and Belgian de Leener took up the race from third on the grid. After Bachler snatched one position in the sprint to the first corner at the start, the international driver duo later lost that position again and fell back to their original rank. Third place represents the best result so far this season for the KÜS Team75 Bernhard. “What a day! The balance of our car was perfect. We concluded the qualifying just one-hundredth of a second off pole position, and finished the race in third. I’m very happy,” said Bachler.
The 911 GT3 R fielded by IronForce by Ring Police took up the race from P21 in drizzle and a temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. In the very first lap, Lucas Luhr (Germany) made up four places, however afterwards the traffic was simply too heavy for any further manoeuvres. Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany) took the wheel of the race car after 17 laps and crossed the finish line in 18th place. Thanks to scoring first in the Trophy category, Slooten retains his second place in the class for amateur drivers. “My start was good and I was able to gain some positions, but the track was very full. We wanted to delay coming into the pits for as long as possible but by the end of the stint the tyres were extremely worn,” said Luhr.
Lady luck was not shining on the second 911 GT3 R fielded by KÜS Team75 Bernhard in Zandvoort. In a repeat of the previous day, the #17 racer retired early in the race after getting caught up an accident caused by another competitor. Marc Lieb (Germany) stood in for the regular driver Kévin Estre, who was contesting the WEC round at Silverstone this weekend. The former works driver and Head of Porsche Customer Racing took up the race from 27th on the grid however he had to park the car in the pits after three laps. “We weren’t able to show the full potential of the 911 GT3 R today. In qualifying I made a mistake on my flying lap, and in the race we were knocked out of contention – that was extremely annoying. From Porsche’s point of view, I’m delighted about the first win for Precote Herberth Motorsport and the podium result for the number 18 car. Mathieu and Robert got the most out of the race and are right in the middle of the fight for the championship,” said Lieb.
The sixth race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters will be contested on the Sachsenring from 7 to 9 September. The 3.645-kilometre circuit in Saxony has been a regular fixture on the race calendar since the series’ debut season in 2007. Contesting the “super sports car league” alongside Porsche are Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini and Mercedes-AMG.
Zandvoort, result race 10 of 14
1. Jaminet/Renauer (F/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R
2. Assenheimer/Marciello (D/I), Mercedes-AMG GT3
3. Bachler/de Leener (A/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R
18. Luhr/Slooten (D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R
Bernhard/Lieb (D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R