Nuerburgring / Quierschied, 30.08.2010. [ADAC GT Masters] Christian Hohenadel (Quierschied) claimed a podium finish in the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nuerburgring. After the 33-yaer old German scored a third place Sundays...
Nuerburgring / Quierschied, 30.08.2010. [ADAC GT Masters] Christian Hohenadel (Quierschied) claimed a podium finish in the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nuerburgring. After the 33-yaer old German scored a third place Sundays second race, the trophy was presented to him by no one else then FIA-President Jean Todt. Hohenadel and Seiler missed only briefly a possible victory in Sunday's race, a rain shower at the end of the race prevented the Corvette-duo to claim their first victory of the season. In the first race, the leader of the FIA GT3 European Championship and Seiler had bad luck and were classified eight after finishing fifth and receiving a 30 second penalty after the race.
In Saturday's first race, Hohenadel/Seiler were on route to a podium finish, but shortly after Hohenadel started into the second half of the race, he was penalised with a stop&go-penalty. The mandatory pit stop was one second too short, so Hohenadel had to bring the yellow Corvette in for a second time. After serving the penalty, Hohenadel attacked and was sixth in the penultimate round, when he battled with former DTM-driver for fifth place. In a notable move, he passed Jaeger on the outside of the last corner in the final lap and took fifth place. But unfortunately the Stewards imposed a 30-second time penalty on Hohenadel/Seiler and the Corvette-duo was classified eight. Hohenadel was supposed to be too quick a yellow flag period shortly before the end of the race. "The too short pitstop was my mistake, but I don't agree with the penalty at the end of the race, as I didn't saw any yellow flags," Hohenadel explained.
For Sunday's race, things looked much more promising as Hohenadel started from the Pole-Position into the 60-minute race. After the start, Hohenadel was second and chased the leading BMW-Alpina for some breath taking 30 minutes until the mandatory driver change. A perfect pit strategy brought Toni Seiler out in the lead for the second half the race. The experienced Swiss could build a small gap, but with only eight minutes to go, a rain shower turned the Nuerburgring into a skating rink. Seiler couldn't maintain his lead and dropped to third on the wet track. "I knew that it would be very hard to take the lead from the BMW Alpina, if he doesn't make a mistake", Hohenadel said after the race. "We had a really nice and clean fight. I made a lot of pressure on him and hoped that he ruined his tires. I think everybody saw today that I drove a very good first stint, but it's a really a pity that we lost the victory so close before the finish."
The next race for Christian Hohenadel will be in three weeks in Portugal. At the penultimate round of the FIA GT3-European Championship, Hohenadel already has the chance to claim the European GT3-title.