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ADAC GT Sachsenring

  • Sachsenring Am Sachsenring 2 09353 Oberlungwitz Germany (map)

A wild weekend at Sachsenring

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Spirited drivers have been prone to crash on the tricky Sachsenring circuit.  The odds increase when more than half the field qualifies within one second.

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On Saturday # 1 Callaway Corvette Marvin Kirchofer, Q16th, was pushed off trying to pass the # 25 BWT Audi on the main straight.  The fight carried up the hill and down into turn one with the Audi spinning and taking out the championship-contending # 47 Mann Filter Mercedes; and damaging the splitter of the # 1 Callaway Corvette, forcing it out of the race, excluded from the results.

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To make things worse, the Stewards penalized Callaway 10 places to start Sunday’s race after a heated disagreement about the blame.

Starting back in 31st position it would take something bizarre to make things better.  That’s exactly what happened when the leading four cars crashed creating a big mess that stopped the race to clean it up.

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Kirchofer in # 1 had moved up and was positioned 18th for the re-start.  Since work was permitted, the team put on fresh tires vs save them for Hockenheim 2 weeks away.  That paid off with an 8th place finish. (moved up to 7th when the # 48 (the second Mann Filter Mercedes) was penalized for hitting a Lambo).

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Gerd Beisel’s RWT team finished 20th and 24th.

The order was upset by first-time winners at Sachsenring so there is still a shot behind just 2 teams, the # 99 Precote Porsche and the # 47 Mann Filter Mercedes for the Championship.

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood.

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Earlier Event: September 7
Trans Am Watkins Glen
Later Event: September 8
IMSA Laguna Seca
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