ADAC GT4 Germany and Nürburgring Endurance Series – PROsport Racing can look back on a satisfying race weekend on two racetracks.
A demanding race weekend with three races on two racetracks lies behind PROsport Racing. The team from Wiesemscheid competed in both the ADAC GT4 Germany in Oschersleben and the Nürburgring Endurance Series.
In Oschersleben, Mike David Ortmann and local hero Hugo Sasse as well as Yevgen Sokolovskiy and Christopher Röhner shared the vehicles of team manager Chris Esser’s team. In the final phase of the first race, Hugo Sasse from Aschersleben suffered from severely deteriorating tires, but was still able to bring the vehicle with the starting number #24 across the finish line in fifth position, which is equivalent to third position in the junior classification for the 18-year-old. Sokolovskiy and Röhner finished the race in 24th place overall, so the Ukrainian Sokolovskiy, who lives in Düsseldorf, was rated fourth in the trophy ranking.
In the second half of the second run, Mike David Ortmann showed a strong catch-up race, which only narrowly missed a podium result. Ortmann and Sasse’s vehicle finished the race in fourth place – Hugo Sasse was able to climb back onto the podium in the junior classification as second-placed. After a few sports penalties for opposing vehicles, the sister vehicle was classified in 20th position – Sokolovskiy was third in the trophy ranking.
“Before the race weekend I said that we wanted to get two clean results after the disastrous race weekend at the GT4 European Series in Imola. We achieved that and I’m happy with that,” said team manager Chris Esser. “In addition, we are optimistic for the remainder of the season as the races showed that the Aston Martins can win.”
The team was also active on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, where the Nürburgring Endurance Series completed the 53rd Adenauer ADAC Circuit Trophy. PROsport Racing entered a GT3 and GT4 Aston Martin there, as well as two Porsche Cayman “permit driving school vehicles”.
The use of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, which is very popular with the fans around the Nordschleife, had already ended prematurely. The vehicle of Nico Verdonck, Maxime Dumarey and Jean Glorieux had an accident on the second lap. The water cooler was damaged, which led to the failure. Guido Dumarey and the Swiss Alexander Walker finished the race with the Vantage GT4 in fourth position in the SP10 classification.
The use of the two “permit driving school vehicles” was again successful. Reema Juffali from Saudi Arabia and Emil Heyerdahl from Norway finished the V5 class in second position. It is the first podium result in the Nürburgring Endurance Series for the first female racing driver from Saudi Arabia and the Norwegian. Simon Balcaen and Didier Glorieux won the VT3 class.
“So far the GT3 program on the Nordschleife has been less than ideal for us,” said Esser about the race on the Nordschleife. “But we said from the start that 2022 would be a year of learning with the GT3 on the Nordschleife. On the other hand, I am very satisfied with the results of the other vehicles and drivers!”
The Nürburgring endurance series will be continued on June 25th, before that the 24-hour race and the qualifying race will take place on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The ADAC GT4 Germany will continue in four weeks at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.