German GT Championship 2021 impresses with a strong field and top-class drivers

Munich (ots) - A strong field, top-class drivers and a wide variety of brands with seven manufacturers: The ADAC GT Masters is convincing with a strong package for the 15th season, in which the title of the International German GT Champion is the first time. At the official preseason test in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben near Magdeburg, ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk, ADAC board member ...

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Munich (ots) - A strong field, top-class drivers and a variety of brands with seven manufacturers: The ADAC GT Masters is convincing with a strong package for the 15th season, in which the title of the International German GT Champion is the first time. At the official preseason test in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben near Magdeburg, ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk, ADAC Board Member Lars Soutschka and ADAC Motorsport Director Thomas Voss presented the ADAC GT Masters 2021 on Tuesday. A total of 31 supercars from 20 teams and seven different brands are planning to start this year to go. The vehicles from Audi, BMW, Corvette, Honda, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche are top-class with more than 30 professional drivers. The new TV partner NITRO, which will broadcast all races of the German GT Championship live from this year, also presented its plans.

"The fans can look forward to a great field in the German GT Championship again this year," says ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. “A field of participants of this size and strength is not a matter of course in these times and underlines the increasing attractiveness of the series. We are looking forward to an exciting debut season of the International German GT Championship. Our new TV partner NITRO plays an important role and is well positioned with a competent team. "

“Once again this year, the ADAC GT Masters is probably the strongest GT sprint series in Europe. The quality of the starting field as well as the number of vehicles and brands are unparalleled. With the live broadcasts on NITRO and the cooperation with the RTL media group, we have great opportunities and will inspire even more fans this year. Our claim is clear: The ADAC GT Masters should be the best GT sprint series in Europe, ”says ADAC board member Lars Soutschka.

NITRO relies on a team with a lot of motorsport expertise

In Oschersleben, NITRO also presented its on-air team. The quartet in front of the camera scores with years of experience in sports reporting and also with a lot of know-how in active racing. In the future, presenter Eve Scheer will greet the audience and guide them through the live broadcasts of the ADAC GT Masters at NITRO. The presentation is completed by Nico Menzel, the races are commented on by former racing driver Dirk Adorf. The reporter and presenter Anna Nentwig completes the TV team. The live broadcasts from NITRO will start this year at 16 p.m. and thus later than usual. The race starts on Saturdays and Sundays at 16.30 p.m., only at the Red Bull Ring and the Lausitzring the races begin at a different time. In addition to NITRO, the news channel n-tv will continue to report on the ADAC GT Masters.

NITRO broadcaster Oliver Schablitzki: “Together with Europe's largest mobility club, we are looking forward to an unparalleled motorsport package from the coming ADAC GT Masters season. Our on-air crew is an expression of the strong motorsport competence of Mediengruppe RTL: This is where journalistic expertise and real racing experience come together. Whether 56 victories in the 'Green Hell', 20 years of moderation experience in various racing series or the zeal of a young motorsport talent - there is a lot of enthusiasm for this extraordinary sport in our team. "

Colorful variety of brands in the field of the ADAC GT Masters

With nine vehicles registered, the Audi R8 LMS is once again the most popular racing car in the ADAC GT Masters among the racing teams. The former championship teams Montaplast by Land-Motorsport and Rutronik Racing by Tece put their trust in two of the mid-engine sports cars, as did the Belgian team Team WRT. Car Collection Motorsport and the returnees Yaco Racing and Phoenix Racing each oversee one R8 LMS. Aust Motorsport is also planning to use an Audi for this purpose.

For every seven racing cars, Lamborghini with the Huracán GT3 Evo and Porsche with the previous year's champion car, the 911 GT3 R. The defending champion SSR Performance lead the line-up of the "911", who, like last year, are racing a car. Two 3 GT3 Rs each come from Küs Team Bernhard and Precote Herberth Motorsport. After several seasons with other brands, MRS GT-Racing is returning to the ranks of the Porsche teams and, just like newcomers Team Joos Sportwagentechnik, starts with one of the boxer-engine bolides. The Lamborghini are divided between two racing teams: The Austrian GRT Grasser Racing Team is expanding its line-up and fielding four Huracán GT3 Evo. TXNUMX Motorsport relies on three Lamborghini Huracán in the first year.

Mercedes-AMG is sending four cars into the races. The Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing team, Toksport WRT and the Mann-Filter Team Landgraf HTP-WWR each have two of the beefy V8 vacuum cleaners. The varied starting field is rounded off by a BMW M6 GT3, a Honda NSX GT3 Evo and a Corvette C7 GT3-R. While the BMW with Schubert Motorsport is looked after by one of the most experienced teams, the professional car team Honda from the ADAC TCR Germany is promoted to the German GT championship. Callaway Competition, the most successful team in the history of the series, is still working on using the Corvette developed in-house this year as well.

Driver with rank and name

62 drivers from more than ten countries, including eight former champions and more than 30 professionals - the international starting field of the ADAC GT Masters impresses not only with quantity, but also with quality. SSR Performance has two champions in its ranks: alongside defending champion Michael Ammermüller, Porsche works driver Mathieu Jaminet, 2018 champion, is making a comeback in the German GT Championship. Christian Engelhart, the second defending champion, and Porsche works driver Thomas Preining start for the Küs Team Bernhard. Precote Herberth Motorsport competes with Robert Renauer, the 2018 champion, and the Porsche works driver Simona De Silvestro, the only lady in the field. The former champions Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies (both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) and Patric Niederhauser (Phoenix Racing) start for Audi. Jules Gounon, 2017 title holder, returns to the series with Zakspeed. Almost half of the total of 60 drivers have already won an ADAC GT Masters race in the past. Seven drivers with Formula 1 experience are also represented in the field: while Audi driver Markus Winkelhock is already experienced in Grand Prix, Ammermüller, Bortolotti, Perera, De Silvestro and Mercedes-AMG driver Raffaele Marciello and Marco Holzer (Team Joos Sportwagentechnik) already in action as a test driver in the premier class of motorsport.

New partner for the ADAC GT Masters

The ADAC GT Masters also presented a new partner in Oschersleben. In the International German GT Championship, the water technology company BWT works together with the ADAC for more sustainability on the racetracks. True to the message “Change the world, sip by sip”, the paddock will become a “Bottle Free Zone” in the long-term partnership between BWT and the ADAC GT Masters. The goal: to reduce unnecessary transport of drinking water and at the same time avoid the use of one-way bottles. In the future, spectators and teams will be able to exchange one-way bottles in the paddock for refillable water containers from BWT, which can be refilled at BWT water dispensers.

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