PROsport Racing can be happy about two title wins after the ADAC GT4 Germany season finale.
Hockenheim marked the end of the 2022 ADAC GT4 Germany season. PROsport Racing fielded three Aston Martin Vantage GT4 cars on the traditional circuit. The entire season finale in the German GT4 racing series was dominated by the title fight for the team, as Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse traveled to the season finale as championship leaders.
The two friends were already on course for the championship on Saturday, but on the last lap a Porsche driver attacked Sasse, who lost several positions in the process. Although Ortmann and Sasse were able to extend their lead in the standings, the early title win was missed and the championship decision had to be made in the final race of the season on Sunday.
In the final race of the season on Sunday afternoon, Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse were finally able to cheer. Second place in the final race of the 2022 season was enough to win the title in the ADAC’s top-class GT4 racing series. After a difficult start to the season at Oschersleben and the Red Bull Ring, the two drivers attacked and fought their way to the top of the overall standings. At Zandvoort in the Netherlands and at the Sachsenring, the drivers in the #24 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 each won both rounds. Hugo Sasse also won the Junior classification. In the team standings, the team from Wiesemscheid finished in second position.
“It’s a great triumph for Mike, Hugo and the entire team!” cheered team boss Christoph Esser after the title win at Hockenheim. “The title means a lot to us. Personally, I would equate it to winning the 2016 GT4 European Series with our self-developed Porsche. The level in the GT4 racing series is increasing year by year and to prevail against this strong competition is a tough job. Mike and Hugo didn’t let the difficult start to the season worry them and fought back strongly and ultimately deserved to win the title.”
Ukrainian Yevgen Sokolovsky was supported for the first time at the Hockenheimring by his compatriot Ivan Peklin. The Ukrainian duo will also compete together for PROsport Racing at the FIA Motorsport Games. In the first race, Sokolovskiy drove to third position in the Trophy standings with the support of Peklin. In the second race, the Düsseldorf-based entrepreneur crashed heavily shortly before the end of the race, but was able to exit the vehicle unharmed. In the Trophy standings, Sokolovskiy finished the season in third position.
The third vehicle of Leon Wassertheurer and Donar Munding also showed good speed during the weekend in Baden, but had to contend with a lot of bad luck. In the first race, the duo retired after a suspension failure. On Sunday, the duo lost around ten seconds during the mandatory pit stop when another car blocked the Vantage GT4 in the pit lane. Wassertheurer saw the chequered flag in fourteenth position after the drivers had just been very fast on worn tires.
At PROsport Racing, preparations now begin for the 2023 season, where the ADAC GT4 Germany will also remain on the schedule. The racing team from the Eifel region wants to build on its performance from the 2022 season and continue to be successful in the top-class championship. The racing team will announce exact details of the 2023 race program in the ADAC GT4 Germany later.
In preparation, the racing team will participate in the GT Winter Series this winter, which will be held at race tracks in Spain and Portugal. In the race series PROsport Racing wants to prepare for the upcoming season under racing conditions. In the 2022/2023 season, the race series will feature exactly the same format as the ADAC GT4 Germany and the GT4 European Series respectively. Christoph Esser concludes: “This is perfect for us to prepare for the upcoming season. We can test with potential drivers at our leisure and see them in action under racing conditions.”