Callaway Competition claimed the first ADAC GT Masters victory of the season as a sudden rain shower with less than 10 minutes remaining shook up the order at Oschersleben.
Running just outside the top five for the majority of the opening stint, Markus Pommer handed over the Corvette C7.R GT3 to Marvin Kirchhofer and the German quickly powered his way up the field and found himself sat behind Sven Barth’s RWT Racing Corvette in third.
The pair’s battle was intense, as Kirchhofer used every inch of the track to find a way past Barth. He finally got the position when the leaden skies – which had been threatening rain since the halfway mark – finally soaked the track. Barth ran slightly wide coming out of Hotel and onto the slippery kerbing, spinning across the track and lightly impacting the barriers on the inside.
It was the same sudden rain shower that caught out Aidan Read in the polesitting Schutz Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3. The Australian ran slightly wide as he tried to keep his slick-shod car on the wet track and that slight opening allowed Kirchhofer to move into a lead which, with just five minutes remaining, he didn’t relinquish.
For Schutz Motorsport, which had held the lead since the start of the race after Marvin Dienst fended off numerous overtake attempts from Barth’s team-mate David Jahn, fifth was the best the team could manage.
First, Kelvin Van Der Linde in the HCB-Rutronik Racing Audi R8 LMS found a way past Read and then the Mercedes lost two positions in one as Christopher Haase’s pressure in the Mucke Motorsport Audi forced Read wide going into turn two, allowing Haase and Land Motorsport’s Dries Vanthoor up the inside into third and fourth respectively.
Behind Read in sixth was Thomas Preining in the Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3R he shares with reigning ADAC GT Masters champion Robert Renauer, the pair moving up from their starting position of 12th after the pair were hampered by a qualifying session disrupted by multiple red flags.
Christopher Mies finished seventh having squeezed the second Land Motorsport Audi past Barth on the final lap of the race.
Maxi Gotz and Maxime Martin rounded out the top ten, the pair relegating Sebastian Asch to 11th in the HB Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 after the latter found himself struggling for grip in the rain.
Fabian Vettel, the brother of multiple F1 World Champion Sebastian, finished 26th in his first race in the championship.