|Review:||ALPINA triumphs with two victories!|
It was a hard-fought victory. From the 2nd starting position, Claudia Hürtgen arrived at Motorsportarena Oschersleben’s first turn second behind Richard Westbrook’s Porsche. It was a tightly-packed field, with the first four cars just two seconds apart. Just before halfway, Dino Lunardi managed to squeeze his Corvette past Claudia Hürtgen, and shortly after that took over the lead. Claudia kept the #33 BMW ALPINA B6GT3 right on the Porsche’s tail, but couldn’t quite overtake. ALPINA decided on an earlier-than-planned pit stop at 30 minutes for tactical reasons, putting Maxime Martin behind the wheel at the mandatory driver change.
The stop gave Maxime an open road. After the Corvette made its mandatory stop a bit later, putting Diego Alessi into the cockpit, Maxime was tight behind him, and ahead of the Porsche after the stops into second. Just one lap later, Maxime was able to squeeze past the Corvette on the front straight. Lap after lap, Martin began to extend the gap by around two-tenths of a second per circuit, capturing the weekend’s second victory for ALPINA.
The #34 B6GT3 started the race from 4th, but lost a couple of places on the start. Andreas Wirth radioed the pits about a lack of power, and the ALPINA team decided to bring him in just as soon as the pit window opened for the mandatory driver change, so that they could chase up the problem sooner. The reason was a broken hose clamp on the intercooler tubing. After a successful repair, Jens Klingmann went back out on the track in 17th place, and worked his way up to 11th, turning the race’s fastest lap in the process.
The ADAC Masters Weekend in Oschersleben was clearly dominated by ALPINA, with two victories and a 2nd place. ALPINA’s next race takes places this coming weekend in Zolder (Belgien): it’s the last stop of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
See our results page: ADAC GT Masters round 7 - Oschersleben results
See our coverage of ALPINA in the ADAC GT Masters Championship: ALPINA in ADAC GT Masters Championship