Swede Eriksson new F3 Masters GT Masters wins for Estre/Jahn and Geipel Frey
Photo and report Willem J. Staat
Swede Joel Eriksson won the 26th Edition from the F3 Masters at Zandvoort. He won the qualification race and also the main race. Eriksson immediately took the lead for the 26th Masters edition and was never threatened again. His teammate Niko Kari tried to put some pressure on Eriksson who then immediately responded by increasing the gap. For the German Motopark team it became a great success by having all their three drivers on the rostrum with Chinese Zhou going for a pitstop in the final stages for fresh tyres thereby setting the fastest lap in the penultimate one as well with 1. 31.709. Colton Herta finished 11th at his first appearance for the Carlin Motorsports Team.
In the ADAC GT Masters Conor de Phillippi took pole for the first race but the Team 75 Bernhard Porsche from Kevin Estre/David Jahn took their third win of the season in a race where pit strategy played an important role. Mies and De Phillippi finished second and the Herberth Porsche from Ragginger/Renauer third. A technical failure meant a blow for the Zakspeed combination Asch/Ludwig to repeat last year’s title in Mercedes GT3.
Due to changeable weather conditions the second race really became a thriller with the Yacco Audi R8 LMS from Swiss Lady Rahel Frey and German Phillipp Geipel starting from 17th and sensationally winning the race ahead of the HB Racing WDS Lamborghini from Siedler/Van Lagen. The Zakspeed combination Asch/Ludwig finished 3rd and only have a slight theoratical chance of repeating last year’s championship. With a fourth place American De Phillippi is now leading the Championship together with Christopher Mies. The Callaway Corvette from Daniel Keilwitz/Jules Gounon is second in the table standings The difference is two points only. Either an American driver or an American car will win this prestigious title at Hockenheim at the final September weekend.
The ADAC F4 races were being won by Australian Joey Mawson, Mike David Ortmann and Canadian Kami Laliberté. The third race ran for three laps only due to multiple crashes and parking incidents. Antti Burri won a quite spectacular TCR Shoot Out on Saturday and the second race which took place under wet circumstances went to Austrian Harald Proczyk. Both with Seat.