Barcelona marked the end of the 2022 season in the GT4 European Series, which was successful for PROsport Racing.
The 2022 season of the GT4 European Series is over. In Barcelona, the SRO championship came to an end, which thrilled this year with spectacular motorsport and large starting fields. PROsport Racing contested the complete season with two Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the racing series, which were driven by Hugo Sasse and Mike David Ortmann as well as the two Belgians Nico Verdonck and Rodrigue Gillion.
On the Spanish Formula 1 circuit, Sasse and Ortmann scored two more podium finishes in the Silver Cup. The two ADAC GT4 Germany championship leaders finished the first race in third place in class. On Sunday, the two drivers followed up with their third win of the season in the class. In a chaotic race, which was marked by a half-hour safety car phase and a race stoppage after a serious starting accident, the two youngsters benefited from a time penalty against the original winning Audi and thus slipped into first place on Sunday afternoon. The Belgian Pro-Am duo finished ninth and 13th in the category in the two heats.
Ortmann and Sasse finished the season in third place in the Silver Cup. The duo missed out on winning the title by 17 points. The two Germans showed a strong recovery over the course of the season after failing to score points at the season opener in Imola, leaving them with a large deficit going into the remaining races of the season. But the two drivers – who have become good friends – bounced back with a one-two at Circuit Paul Ricard. PROsport Racing also finished third in the Silver Cup team standings, leaving several teams behind who fielded multiple cars in the class, which team boss Christoph Esser sees as a great success after the point-less opening round. Verdonck and Gillion finished the season in 14th position in the Pro-Am Cup.
“We are very happy with the season in the GT4 European Series! After the opener in Imola, we fought back strongly,” said Esser after the race weekend in Barcelona. “Hugo and Mike have shown this season that they are among the best GT4 drivers. We now want to take this momentum into the ADAC GT4 Germany season finale at Hockenheim and win the title there! But we’ll remain cautious at Hockenheim, despite our lead. This weekend we saw here in Barcelona how quickly championship leaders can lose their comfortable lead.”
“We could think about what would have been possible without our three retirements, but we should be proud of our performance: seven podiums, three wins and many moments I will always remember!” said Hugo Sasse from Aschersleben. “This year was so intense that I can’t find the right words for this season,” concludes Ortmann. “But I would like to thank PROsport Racing, who worked hard every day to build the perfect car for us. Now the full focus is on the season finale in the ADAC GT4 Germany, where we want to secure the title!”
“We still have a score to settle with the GT4 European Series for the 2023 season!” team boss Esser clarifies at the end with a twinkle in his eye.
The season finale of the ADAC GT4 Germany will take place at the Hockenheimring from October 21 to 23.