The ADAC GT Masters, the International German GT Championship, is the "league of super sports cars" and one of the world's leading series in GT racing. Around 30 sports cars with around 550 hp from seven different manufacturers thrill fans in the ADAC GT Masters. In the ADAC GT Masters, two drivers share a car, with a driver change taking place midway through the 60-minute sprint races. The international driver line-up features more than 30 professional drivers, including seven drivers with Formula 1 experience.
Christian Engelhart in the Porsche 911 Gt3R
A win, a pole position and 41 championship points - Christian Engelhart and Ayhancan Güven almost achieve the impossible at the ADAC Masters finale at the Hockenheimring. The duo from Joos Sportwagentechnik clinch the runner-up championship with the "highlight" in sight. Every day at the race track offered a highlight - just as Christian Engelhart had promised before the race weekend. Once again, the Porsche driver underlined that the greater the challenge, the more the ambition, experience and GT3 routine of the Starnberg driver become apparent. At Hockenheim, he and his equally strong teammate Ayhancan Güven took victory in Saturday's race.
Christian Engelhart and Ayhancan Güven
At this point, the duo and the Joos Sportwagentechnik team had already secured 25 championship points. Christian's teammate Ayhancan Güven sensationally took pole position on Sunday. This earned the Porsche duo a further three points. Both GT3 pros were able to add another 13 points for their fourth place. With these 41 points, the Porsche package narrowed its gap to the only remaining rival to a minimum of 15 points - a gap that could not have been closed even with another victory on Sunday.
"Without a doubt, we are absolutely satisfied with our runner-up title. Before the weekend, we had a gap to the new champion that could not realistically be closed. Nevertheless, we came very close again with our victory, pole position and a strong Sunday race." The tension was just as palpable in Christian as it was in Ayhancan. But the experienced Porsche driver from Starnberg radiated calmness to his teammate with his aplomb - who had to complete the start from the front of the field for the first time in his GT Masters career. The duo succeeded in that as well.
Accordingly, all the action over the final race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season was exciting throughout - and a success for Christian and his team, rewarded with the vice-championship title and supplemented by a small fringe aspect from 2019: back then, Christian was runner-up and went on to take the title a year later.
Christian Engelhart: "I can only thank everyone involved in the team, as well as my teammate Ayhancan, and of course Porsche, as well as my partners, sponsors and of course my family extraordinarily. The result we have achieved makes me very proud - and grateful! Of course, I also congratulate the new champion Raffaele Marciello and his team from Landgraf Motorsport. It was an intense fight throughout the season, fair and challenging. I am looking forward to a continuation".