Reigning champions Herberth Motorsport wins GT Masters race two

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Defending ADAC GT Masters champions, Herberth Motorsport, won the second ADAC GT Masters race of the weekend at Oschersleben after a dominant second stint from Robert Renauer.

Starting in third, Renauer’s co-driver Thomas Preining immediately gained a place as he slotted past the similar Porsche 911 GT3 R of Matteo Cairoli at the tight left-handed turn one and was onto the rear of polesitter Mirko Bortolotti’s GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The German had no opportunity to progress though, as the first safety car of the weekend was called for after Simon Reicher beached his T3 Motorsport Audi R8 LMS in the turn ten gravel.

After the five-minute neutralisation ended, the race remained in a calm rhythm until the pit window opened just before half-distance of the one hour race.

The lead trio of Bortolotti, Preining and Cairoli all remained nose-to-tail as they pitted at the last possible moment of the ten-minute window.

That mandatory stop is where the race unravelled for the Grasser team. A brief stop in the pitlane by Christian Engelhart – to try and ensure the #63 met the minimum time in the pitlane – dropped the Lamborghini behind both the Porsches but his pause was in vain as the team was slapped with a drive-through for a too short stop which dropped the car all the way down to 25th.

While the Lamborghini squad was struggling, Herberth was flying. A textbook stop allowed Renauer to come out of the pits in clean air but not too far ahead of Ricardo Feller in the Land Motorsport Audi.

The Swiss driver tried launching an attack of the reigning champion and managed to squeeze up his way up the inside of the German at turn two but when the inside line became the outside for the left-handed turn three, Feller had to slip back behind the Porsche.

That was his only true attack as Renauer kept a calm head to take what became a comfortable win as he took the flag almost 1.5sec ahead of Feller.

Third went to the #82 Grasser Lamborghini of Rolf Ineichen who resisted late pressure from Patric Niederhauser in the Rutronik Racing Audi, who himself was forced to defend his fourth place from the third Grasser entry driven by Michele Beretta.

Race one winner Callaway Competition could only finish in 12th after Marvin Kirchhofer was one of many drivers who found himself starting lower than expected after changeable conditions in qualifying shook up the order.

Credit: Gruppe C Photography

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