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Renauer, Jaminet Win GT Masters Title

Precote Herberth Porsche crew wins title by 1 point in thrilling final race of season…

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Robert Renauer and Mathieu Jaminet have been crowned ADAC GT Masters champions after finishing fifth in the Hockenheim season finale.

The Precote Herberth Motorsport pair clinched the title by a single point after rivals Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde won Sunday’s 60-minute race in their Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3.

Sheldon van der Linde overtook Rolf Ineichen at the turn eight left-hander with two minutes to go, meaning Renauer had to keep Timo Bernhard’s Porsche at bay to secure the championship.

Land Motorsport needed to overturn a 16-point deficit to beat the Herberth crew, but it could only take out 15 in the final race of the year.

The champions survived an opening-lap scramble that saw title rivals Maximilian Goetz and Markus Pommer eliminated from contention.

Goetz, who started from pole in the No. 47 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3, was turned around by Dries Vanthoor’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the first corner and collected by Klaus Bachler’s Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Jaminet, however, managed to avoid the carnage to lift his Porsche up from 10th into the top five, while Kelvin van der Linde slotted into second behind the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Ineichen and Christian Engelhart.

Ineichen assumed Engelhart’s lead after the mid-race driver swaps but was caught up by Van der Linde in the closing stages.

The Swiss driver managed to hold on to second at the end from Indy Dontje in the sole surviving HTP Mercedes, while Mikkel Jensen took fourth for BMW Team Schnitzer.

Seventh wasn’t enough for title contenders Daniel Keilwitz and Marvin Kirchhoefer to take the title in their Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R.

The race one winners produced a thrilling comeback having started outside the top 20 to secure six points, but that was only enough to put them third in the points table.

RESULTS: Race 2

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. amg gt

    September 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Never saw such a big moron and a disrespectful guy like Dries Vanthoor. For the second time in a week he hits in the very first stages an AMG car fighting for a title(turn2,Marciello,Nurburgring BSS). Yesterday Kelvin VDL,Haase and Gotz fought for a position without making a single scratch on their cars,showing each other great respect and putting on a good show

  2. Binky

    September 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Renauer and Jaminet are worthy champions, but Goetz was definitely the individual driver of the year.

    After qualifying I thought the only way he loses the title is if one of the over aggressive kids (Vanthoor or van der Linde) wrecks him at the first corner, and that’s how it ended.

  3. Patrick

    September 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t follow this series close, but I was at the race today:

    Goetz (yellow AMG GT3) was pushed off track, into the wall, attempting Turn 1. From what I could see (and with the many, many, many replays from in Goetz car, other cars and different vantage points from rhe track), Goetz drove wide, intentionally, as he entered Turn 1. While he did this, the black/yellow R8 (Vanthoor, I guess), took the inside line. Vanthoor had the inside line. Goetz, then, drove to the inside, where Vanthoor was.

    To me, at least what I saw in this race, in this instance, Vanthoor had the inside line and Goetz drove up into where he was, like he wasn’t checking his mirrors and assumed no one was there.

    All in all, ADAC looks like it has much more aggressive drivers than IMSA GTD or PWC GT.

    • amg gt

      September 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Because no one should be there. He was clearly in front,it was the correct way to approach that turn,Vanthoor turned in at least 20 or 30kmh more,that’s not acceptable and above all you have to respect someone who is fighting for a title,exspecially at the first turn. Again,in race1 he fought agaist 2 Audi drivers,Haase and Kelvin van der Linde who was involved in the title run and they didn’t even scratched they cars simply because they are real pros and had a brain in their skulls

      • Patrick

        September 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm

        As a racer, you have to restpect space and placement your and of other cars. Whether it’s “the right line” or not, when a car takes a line, and gains that placement, it needs to be respected.

        Pro or Am, a driver should always be checking their mirrors and not assume everyone on track is where “they should be” or where they think they are. That’s just ignorant and asking for an incident, especially in a field with drivers with a range of competantcy.

        I cant say the AMG driver didn’t do his checks, or that the R8 driver, in aggression, drove into the ANG, on purpose, when the car got close. But, if the AMG driver didn’t do his checks, saying this as a racer, an amateur one, and if Id be kicking myself for not double-checking my mirrors and/or attempting to give room.

        • amg gt

          September 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm

          Again,Gotz was clearly AHEAD of him,Vanthoor turned in way faster and braked(?) on the dirt side of the track,so he did a big mistake,and it’s certified by the stewards,look for the statement released after the race,he has no excuses because is a pro driver,and again it’s the second time in a row,in a week time,that hits an AMG which is fighting for a title

          • Patrick

            September 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

            https://youtu.be/Qe9eYNGnwBE

            3:13: Your boy didn’t even look over before turning in.

            4:10: The R8 was taking a bad line BUT had car placement.

            Re-watch that and think about what I’m saying: It might have been avoidable.

    • Psychlops924

      September 28, 2018 at 1:29 am

      Vanthoor was never going to make the corner. If Goez had decided to climb over the curb on the outside of turn 1 before turning in, Dries still would have hit him. You could see immediately that he had driven too deeply into the corner and wasn’t going to get slowed down for the turn. I will hand it to Dries, I’m glad he was willing to go apologize immediately, but I also couldn’t believe that Goetz didn’t just berate him. He probably already understood it wouldn’t fix what happened, but Dries is young, and a good tongue lashing might help temper his aggression so he doesn’t make so many bone headed moves in the future (as has been mentioned, look at Blancpain GT last the Nürburgring).
      Absolutely crushing stuff for Goetz and Pommer. They deserved to have their shot at taking the title. If they had lost by finishing out of the points on the merits alone, that’d be one thing, but I hate that the mere chance was stolen from them.
      But that’s racing, I guess.

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