The run-up to Season 12 of the ADAC GT Masters

The run-up to Season 12 of the ADAC GT Masters

26.03.2018: Plenty of excitement guaranteed: • Terrific line-up with big names and famous newcomers

Plenty of excitement guaranteed:

•    Terrific line-up with big names and famous newcomers

•    Seven ex-champions, all keen to lift title again

•    TV partner SPORT1 with fresh slot for ADAC GT Masters magazine

The 2018 ADAC GT Masters' field of drivers is absolutely fabulous, featuring world champions, Le Mans winners, an ex-F1 driver, DTM title winners, ALMS title holders and seven former champions.

The Super Sports Car League presented this season's new entrants at the Media Day during official pre-season testing in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. For the first time, there will be eight different makes in the field in 2018 with Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and now Honda.

The ADAC GT Masters will stage its opening race of the season on the weekend of 13th - 15th April at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. SPORT1 will broadcast all races live and in full.

Now in its twelfth season, the ADAC GT Masters will feature a varied, top-class line-up with 23 teams and 36 cars from eight manufacturers, including newcomers Honda and Ferrari, who are back in the ADAC GT Masters:

 "I'm confident that 2018 will produce another extremely exciting ADAC GT Masters season," says ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. "The ADAC GT Masters continues to evolve from year to year, once again reaffirming its reputation as one of the world's strongest GT3 series."

ADAC Motorsport Director Thomas Voss is also looking forward to this season's 14 Super Sports Car League races: "We are very pleased that the ADAC GT Masters has attracted such enormous interest.

Honda are new to the series, and Ferrari are back, which is a very positive development. The return of famous racing teams such as Phoenix Racing and Team Rosberg shows the importance of the ADAC GT Masters."

Famous names in line-up

A number of internationally famous drivers will debut in this year's ADAC GT Masters. For example, two-time WEC World Champion and Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard (36, DEU) will compete for Team KÜS Team75 Bernhard for the first time, sharing a 911 GT3 with works Porsche partner Kévin Estre (29, F).

Lucas Luhr (38, DEU), another former world champion, also joins the Super Sports Car League line-up for the first time. The winner of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship title, overall winner of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and two-time winner of the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race will also drive a 911 for new outfit IronForce by RING POLICE, who have the backing of YouTube star JP Kraemer.

Timo Scheider (39, DEU, BMW Team Schnitzer) is also new to the ADAC GT Masters. The 2008/2009 DTM title holder will drive a BMW M6 GT3. DTM driver Jamie Green (35, GB) also plans to make a number of guest appearances.

The Audi driver will drive the R8 LMS for BWT Mücke Motorsport's regular driver Stefan Mücke (36, DEU) when he has other commitments in the FIA WEC sports car world championship. Four more former DTM drivers - Markus Winkelhock (37, DEU, BWT Mücke Motorsport), Frank Stippler (42, DEU, Team ISR), Pierre Kaffer (41, DEU, EFP by TECE) and Rahel Frey (32, DEU, CH, YACO Racing) - will also drive an Audi R8 LMS.

No less than seven former ADAC GT Masters champions will be in this season's 2018 line-up, many of them with different teams. Two-time title winner Sebastian Asch (31, DEU) is back with Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil, driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Ex-DTM driver and 2012 champion Maximilian Götz (32, DEU, HTP Motorsport) will also drive 'the star' while the 2015 title winner, Luca Ludwig (29, DEU, HB Racing), will have his first race outing in the Ferrari 488 GT3.

Three former title winners will compete in the Audi R8 LMS. Christopher Haase (30, DEU), has switched to BWT Mücke Motorsport and Kelvin van der Linde (21, ZA) to Montaplast by Land-Motorsport where he partners Christopher Mies (28, DEU). Daniel Keilwitz (28, DEU) will race the championship-winning car of 2017, the Corvette C7 GT3-R.

Extended TV coverage

ADAC GT Masters fans can again look forward to enjoying extensive TV programming in 2018. SPORT1 will continue to broadcast all of this season's 14 races live and in full.

 What's new for 2018 is that SPORT1 will now feature the ADAC GT Masters Magazine with all the highlights from the Super Sports Car League, the ADAC Formula 4 and the ADAC TCR Germany on the Sunday evening of each race weekend so that fans will get all the info about the races, the results and the background to events even sooner.

Calendar for the 2018 ADAC GT Masters

13/04/18 - 15/04/18          Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
27/04/18 - 29/04/18          Autodrom Most (CZ)
08/06/18 - 10/06/18          Red Bull Ring (AUT)
03/08/18 - 05/08/18          Nürburgring
17/08/18 - 19/08/18          Circuit Zandvoort (NL)
07/09/18 - 09/09/18          Sachsenring
21/09/18 - 23/09/18          Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg

Oliver Runschke, Kay-Oliver Langendorff, photos ADAC


26.03.2018 / MaP

More News

BWT Mücke Motorsport startet mit drei Audi R8 LMS in die zweite ADAC GT Masters-Saison
•    BWT Mücke Motorsport fährt mit drei Audi R8 LMS in der 'Liga der Supersportwagen' •    Bewährte Kombination aus erfahrenen Top-Piloten und jungen Nachwuchshoffnungen &bull more >>
IronForce by RING POLICE all set for the ADAC GT Masters
•    Newcomers present Porsche 911 GT3 R in striking finish •    Lucas Luhr and Jan-Erik Slooten as team-mates •    Support for the Porsche team from YouTube-Star JP Kraemer more >>
Honda enter ADAC GT Masters with Schubert Motorsport
•    Honda NSX GT3 to make its debut in Super Sports Car League •    Oschersleben-based outfit returns after a one-year absence •    Two talented Juniors in the Schubert line-up more >>
BMW Team Schnitzer, Timo Scheider and two BMW Motorsport Juniors in the ADAC GT Masters.
BMW Motorsport heads into the coming ADAC GT Masters season with a strong mixture of experience and talented youngsters. BMW Motorsport Juniors Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Dennis Marschall (GER) are given the opportunity to prove themselves at the wheel of the BM more >>
ADAC GT Masters season begins with testing at Oschersleben
•    Official test days at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben •    Teams and drivers prepare for season opener on the weekend of 13th - 15th April The long wait is coming to an end. Next more >>
Title defenders Callaway Competition with new driver line-up
•    Marvin Kirchhöfer new lead driver for Callaway Competition in ADAC GT Masters •    Frank Kechele and Daniel Keilwitz will support Kirchhöfer Callaway Competition will embark on their defenc more >>
Remo Lips und Maximilian Hackländer komplettieren den 2018er Fahrerkader bei Aust
Motorsport Remo Lips (CH ) und Maximilian Hackländer (DE), komplettieren neben Frédéric Vervisch (BE) und Nikolaj Rogivue (CH) die Aust Motorsport Mannschaft für das ADAC GT Masters 2018.Remo Lips, der amtierende Trophy-Meister, b more >>
ADAC GT Masters – Saisonauftakt in Oschersleben
Vom 13. bis 15. April startet die „Liga der Supersportwagen“ in der Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in die Saison 2018. In diesem Jahr können sich die Fans über ein Promi-Feuerwerk auf und neben der Strecke freuen. Neben zahlreichen Top more >>
Jonathan Judek startet mit Team Rosberg im ADAC GT Masters
Youngster mit DTM-Meistermannschaft am StartNach einem ereignisreichen Debütjahr im ADAC GT Masters geht Jonathan Judek erneut in der Liga der Supersportwagen an den Start. Als einer d more >>
Team Rosberg to bring on juniors in the ADAC GT Masters
•    DTM championship winners return to the ADAC GT Masters •    Michele Beretta and Jimmy Eriksson as lead drivers •    Team boss Arno Zensen: "We'd like to cause the occasional more >>
HTP Motorsport challenge with two 'mambas' and strong driver quartet
•    Team continues to build on partnership with MANN-Filter •    Talented driver foursome led by former champion Götz and HTP newcomer Pommer •    Team Principal Norbert Brückner: "We aim to show our true potential this year" more >>
Four Porsche 911 GT3 R tackle the ADAC GT Masters
Three customer squads field a total of four Porsche 911 GT3 R racers in the 2018 ADAC GT Masters. Contesting the more >>
Claudia Hürtgen recruited to the RWT Racing ADAC GT Masters squad
•    Hürtgen is to be co-driver to team regular Sven Barth •    RWT are set to continue with the Corvette C7 GT3-R •    Team boss Gerd Beisel: "We aim to be challenging more >>
Montaplast by Land-Motorsport with strong squad of four drivers
•    Alessio Picariello set to become Christopher Mies' new partner •    The two brothers, Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde, will share the second Audi R8 LMS •    Team intend to take more >>
Timo Bernhard on the new role in the ADAC GT Masters - interview
•    Two-time Le Mans winner and endurance racing world champion set to debut in the ADAC GT Masters •    Bernhard will line up in a Porsche 911 prepared by his own outfit, KÜS Team75 Bernhard &bul more >>
I.S.R. Racing at the start of the ADAC GT Masters with Salaquarda and Stippler
A new challenge lies ahead for I.S.R. racing that is delighted to make official its participation to the ADAC GT Masters 2018 with an Audi R8 LMS driven by Filip Salaquarda (CZ) and Frank Stippler (GER).This is the maiden presence of t more >>
YACO Racing will field Rahel Frey and Philip Geipel again
•    Team have same line-up for fifth year running •    Audi R8 LMS remains their car of choice YACO Racing will field Rahel Frey (31/CH) and Philip Geipel (31/DEU) again in the ADAC GT Masters during 2018. Th more >>
Zakspeed go into the 2018 ADAC GT Masters with Sebastian Asch and Luca Stolz
•    Former drivers' champion Sebastian Asch returns to the championship-winning team of 2015 •    Luca Stolz ready for his second ADAC GT Masters campaign with Zakspeed •    T more >>
2018 ADAC GT Masters with capacity grid
•    37 supercars entered for the 2018 ADAC GT Masters season •    New brand: Honda to debut in ADAC GT Masters •    Ferrari with comeback in the series The ADAC more >>
Max Hofer startet im ADAC GT Masters!
-  Der 18-jährige Rundstreckenpilot aus Perchtoldsdorf macht einen weiteren bemerkenswerten Karriereschritt -  Das renommierte deutsche Phoenix Racing Team unterbreitete dem schnellen Österreicher einen Zweijahresvertrag more >>
Car Collection Motorsport announces driver lineup for ADAC GT Masters
Car Collection Motorsport returns to the ADAC GT Masters in 2018. With Christopher Friedrich and Lance David Arnold the team from Rheingau could win a powerful duo.The league of the super sports cars is considered the most popular and pr more >>
EFP by TECE - a new team fielding two Audi R8 LMSs
•    Newcomers to the ADAC GT Masters make their debut in 2018 •    Driver pairings of Elia Erhart with Pierre Kaffer and Dries Vanthoor with Florian Spengler The ADAC GT Masters welcomes a new more >>
KÜS Team75 Bernhard mit stark besetztem zweitem Auto im ADAC GT Masters
Rückkehr und VerlängerungDas KÜS Team75 Bernhard wird das ADAC GT Masters 2018 mit zwei stark besetzten Autos bestreiten. Neben dem amtierenden Langstrecken-Weltmeister und Le-Mans-Gesamtsieger Timo Bernhard (36) sowie dessen Por more >>
Facts and figures about the eleven ADAC GT Masters seasons held so far
Crunching the numbers - •    The Super Sports Car League has been giving motor sport fans something to cheer about since 2007 •    Statistics taken from the 81 race weekends - some worth rem more >>
GRT Grasser Racing intend to fight for victories again in 2018 ADAC GT Masters
•    Austrians will continue to field Lamborghini Huracán GT3s •    Team Principal Gottfried Grasser is optimistic about the 2018 ADAC GT Masters season •    The outfit won th more >>
Sports Car World Champion Timo Bernhard to contest the 2018 ADAC GT Masters
•    Two-time world champion and Le Mans winner fronting up his own team •    Bernhard as co-driver to Kévin Estre •    KÜS Team75 Bernhard planning to enter two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs more >>
Order now and save money as ADAC GT Masters tickets go on sale
2018 ADAC GT Masters •    Tickets available online or at the Essen Motor Show •    Special price for ADAC members •    Ticket discount promotion until 31st December 2017 more >>
Most completes ADAC GT Masters calendar for 2018
•    The ADAC GT Masters will line up for first time in Czech Republic •    Super Sports Car League to be contested over seven race weekends •    Pre-season testing again in more >>
PS Profi star, Jean Pierre 'JP' Kraemer in 2018 ADAC GT Masters
•    New team with Jean Pierre Kraemer, Lucas Luhr and Jan-Erik Slooten •    Luhr and Slooten will share a Porsche 911 GT3 R in ADAC GT Masters PS Profi star, Jean Pierre 'JP' Kraemer will soak up the atm more >>
The 2017 ADAC GT Masters season in facts and figures
•    Champion Jules Gounon leads most of tables for best performance •    20 drivers from eight teams take race wins •    Fastest race ever seen in the series at the Red Bull Ring more >>
Victory for GRT Grasser Racing at the Season Final of the ADAC GT Masters
What a great end of the season for GRT Grasser Racing at the final of the ADAC GT Masters at Hockenheim: A victory in the very last race for Christian Engelhart and Rolf Ineichen gave some extra motivation to the Austrian squad for the upcoming season final of the Blancpain GT Series this weekend at Barcelona, where the drivers´ as well as the team title are well within reach. more >>
Two runners-up in ADAC GT Masters
The Audi customer teams achieved two second places in the final classifications at the ADAC GT Masters finale. Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport took second place in the teams’ standings after having achieved two podium finishes at Hockenheim. Last year&r more >>
Callaway Competition – ADAC GT Masters Champion 2017
Callaway Competition became the winner of the 2017 season at the season final of the ADAC GT Masters. The team with Jules Gounon wins both the drivers’ and the junior ranking. Daniel Keilwitz is emerging as Vice Champion and also helped win the more >>
Lamborghini duo Ineichen and Engelhart claim final victory of the season
•    German-Swiss partnership win spectacular closing race at Hockenheim •    New champion Gounon and Keilwitz are second ahead of Schmidt and Haase in an Audi •    Callaway Competition also clinch team title more >>
Hockenheim ADAC GT Masters race 2 classification
ADAC GT MastersHockenheimring, Length: 4574mSunday, September 24, 2017 1 63 R.Ineichen(CHE)(T)/C.Engelhart(DEU) GRT Grasser-Racing-Team(AUT) Lamborghini Huracan GT3 37 1:03:28.095 160.0 5 1:39.428 165.62 77 more >>
Philipp Eng secures final pole position of season in BMW
•    BMW driver with best time in second qualifying at Hockenheim •    Lamborghini and Audi second and third •    SPORT1 will broadcast the final race of the season live at 1.00 pm more >>
Hockenheim ADAC GT Masters qualifying 2 amended classification
ADAC GT MastersHockenheimring, Length: 4574mSunday, September 24, 2017 Amended1 42 N.Catsburg(NLD)/P.Eng(AUT) BMW Team Schnitzer(DEU) BMW M6 GT3 5 1:37.511 168.8 10:45:392 63 R.Ineichen(CHE)(T)/C.Engelhart more >>
ADAC GT Masters Calendar 2018
13.04.-15.04.2018          Motorsport Arena Oschersleben TBD          Motorsport Festival Lausitzring*/Most* 08.06.-10.06.2018          Red Bull Ring/(A) more >>
Pirelli will remain tyre partner of the ADAC GT Masters until 2020
•    Premium tyre manufacturer Pirelli and ADAC extend partnership by another three years •    Pirelli won through in an open and non-discriminatory tendering procedure Premium tyre manu more >>


2001-2022 full copyright