Lamborghini leads the way in Hockenheim, title contenders poised to pounce

Lamborghini leads the way in Hockenheim, title contenders poised to pounce

22.10.2021: ADAC GT MASTERS Hockenheimring Friday, October 22nd 2021 • Franck Perera sets fastest time in first free practice • Formula 2 ace Luca Ghiotto makes his debut in a Lamborghini

ADAC GT MASTERS
Hockenheimring
Friday, October 22nd 2021





•    Franck Perera sets fastest time in first free practice


•    Formula 2 ace Luca Ghiotto makes his debut in a Lamborgh
ini


Impressive start for Lamborghini at the penultimate race weekend of the German GT Championship in Hockenheim: No fewer than three Huracán GT3 made it into the top five in the first practice session, which took place in perfect conditions, with glorious sunshine and blue sky.


Lamborghini works driver Franck Perera was the fastest man in FP1. He was followed by three title contenders, in the form of former champion Jules Gounon (26/F, Team Zakspeed Mobil Krankenkasse Racing), Lamborghini works driver Mirko Bortolotti (31/I, GRT Grasser Racing Team) and Mathieu Jaminet (26/F, SSR Performance) in a Porsche.



 NITRO will broadcast both races live from the iconic circuit on free-to-air TV, from 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday. They can also be watched live and without registration via a livestream at motorsport.tv and adac.de/motorsport.



Perera moved to the top of the timing sheet in the closing stages of the 45-minute session, with a time of 1:38.206 minutes. “I hope I can do the same thing tomorrow in qualifying,” joked the Frenchman, who shares the car with Rolf Ineichen (42/CH). “Unfortunately, the weather meant we lost some valuable test time on Thursday, as we are one of the few teams who have not tested here since 2020.



 However, we are working hard and saw today that we have improved. That is good, but we still have some work ahead of us. It will be very close again this weekend. Everyone wants to show what they are capable of at the end of the season. It will be a big battle, but the circuit ought to suit the Lamborghini.”



Second fastest was Jules Gounon. He and Igor Waliłko (24/PL) currently lie fifth in the table and have won two of the last three races. Gounon was 0.033 slower than his compatriot Perera. Mirko Bortolotti was third fastest in another Lamborghini. He clocked at time of 1:38.363 minutes in his Huracán GT3 Evo.



Fourth place went to the duo currently third in the table – Mathieu Jaminet (26/F) and Michael Ammermüller (35/Rotthalmünster, both SSR Performance). Rounding out the top five were Maximilian Paul (21/Dresden) and newcomer Luca Ghiotto (26/I, both T3 Motorsport) in a third Lamborghini Huracán GT3.



Former F1 test driver at T3 Motorsport



Former Williams Formula 1 test driver, Luca Ghiotto, is making his ADAC GT Masters debut in Hockenheim. The seven-time GT2 and Formula 2 race winner is looking forward to his first appearance: “The ADAC GT Masters is a fantastic racing series, but is also tough and of a very high standard.



I do not yet have a lot of GT3 experience, so I am learning a lot here. I really like the circuit in Hockenheim, so it is great to be able to drive here. The first practice session was promising, with fifth place for my team-mate Maximilian Paul.”





ADAC GT Masters 2021 calendar, subject to change



14.05. – 16.05.2021    Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
11.06. – 13.06.2021    Red Bull Ring (A)
09.07. – 11.07.2021    CM.com Circuit Zandvoort (NL)
10.09. – 12.09.2021    DEKRA Lausitzring
01.10. – 03.10.2021    Sachsenring
22.10. – 24.10.2021    Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
05.11. – 07.11.2021    Nürburgring




Oliver Runschke - photos ADAC

 

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