The MANN-FILTER Team HTP goes on the offensive in Hockenheim

The MANN-FILTER Team HTP goes on the offensive in Hockenheim

20.09.2018: The MANN-FILTER Team HTP has set its sights on two championships at the big showdown during the ADAC GT Masters 2018 in Hockenheim. "Head up, gather strength, attack again with full concentration" - this was the motto for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP fol

The MANN-FILTER Team HTP has set its sights on two championships at the big showdown during the ADAC GT Masters 2018 in Hockenheim.

 

 

"Head up, gather strength, attack again with full concentration" - this was the motto for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP following the disappointing penultimate race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters 2018 at the Sachsenring circuit.



Getting caught up as innocent victims in two collisions meant that Maximilian Götz (32, Uffenheim) and Markus Pommer (27, Neckarsulm) in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with start number 47 scored zero on the roller-coaster ride at Hohenstein-Ernstthal, costing them the overall lead in the "super sports cars league".



Even if the track characteristics next weekend do not appear to be tailored to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at first glance, Pommer expects a good result for himself and his teammates in what is for him a home race - he lives only 60 kilometers from Hockenheim:



"Thanks to its high downforce, our Mercedes-AMG GT3 has very good braking and handles well on the serpentine Motodrom, while the powerful torque of the 6.2-liter V8 engine means we also emerge well from the corners."



Maximilian Buhk (25, Hamburg) and Indy Dontje (25, Alkmaar/NL) are among the 15 drivers in the field who still have a chance of taking the title in the "MANN-FILTER Mamba" with the start number 48. However, given the fact that they are 40 points behind the table leader, this is a more theoretical prospect.



In the team classification, the team from Altendiez in the Rhineland-Palatinate has a 34-point lead over second-placed Precote Herberth Motorsport going into the grand final. "Of course we want to snatch both championships.




However, it would be a mistake to get fixated on that," says HTP team boss Norbert Brückner. "We have to approach Hockenheim like any other race weekend - fully focused and motivated."



"Regardless of the outcome of the dramatic title fight, MANN-FILTER believes that the season finale will be a special event," says Jörg Engels, Director of Brand Management Automotive Aftermarket at MANN+HUMMEL.



 "Hockenheim is our home race, and we want to offer our brand's many fans another good show. Several hundred employees from Ludwigsburg will be at the racetrack to turn the grandstands into a sea of yellow. And of course we will fight to the last for both titles. The spectators in the stands and the TV audience can expect a real spectacle."



SPORT1 will broadcast the two one-hour races with compulsory pit stop (starting on Saturday again at 3.00 pm and on Sunday at 1.05 pm), as always live.





More quotes from the drivers:



Markus Pommer:


Talking about the outcome of the race at the Sachsenring: "We just have to draw a line under it. Both collisions arose from situations that can happen while racing. If you're lucky, you may get away lightly, but if you're unlucky, you crash out.



Of course, the two zero scores and the loss of the leadership at the top of the table were disappointing. On the other hand, we are only four points behind, and there are still 50 points up for grabs in the final. We aim to fight for them. We'll be able to count it all up on Sunday evening. Nothing is lost yet."



About the difficult conditions during the qualification rounds: "In this large field of about 35 vehicles, it is incredibly difficult to get a free lap in the qualifying rounds. I did not cope well with traffic management on the Sachsenring, which resulted in me starting in 13th position.



If you consider that I drove my personal best on the eleventh lap when the tires were already pretty worn, and was still only three tenths off pole position, then you can work out where I could have been - in other words, right at the front."

 

Maxi Buhk:



About personal title ambitions and the team ranking: "I don't waste time thinking about the driver's title. We'll be trying to complete two clean races and take as many points as possible.



 And of course we will help our teammates as much as possible by fair means. After all, it is also about the team ranking, which we definitely want to win for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP."


                                         

   
Sinikka Kenklies, Kersten Solacroup--- photos ADAC

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