ADAC Racing Weekend: Colourful racing programme and Eifel weather


The third ADAC Racing Weekend 2023 took place at the Nürburgring last weekend in partly rainy weather. Marcel Marchewicz and Colin Caresani (Mercedes-AMG GT3) triumphed in the GT60 powered by Pirelli, the endurance format of the GTC Race. In the two GT Sprints, Julian Hanses (Audi R8 LMS GT3) and Caresani both crossed the finish line first. In the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT), Stefan Wieninger (Audi R8 LMS Evo) was the double winner, while in the ADAC Touring Car Junior Cup Mattis Pluschkell (VW up! GTI) took both first places. Stéphane Lechine (Reynard F389 VW-Spiess), Ralf Goral and David Schneider (both Opel Lotus MkII) were the best in the AvD Historic Race Cup. In the DMV BMW 318ti Cup there was no way around Sebastian Vollak (BMW 318ti Cup) in both rounds, while in the DMV BMW Challenge Maurice Thormählen / Hinrich Thormählen (BMW M3 GTR E46) and Bastian Hein (BMW M4 GT4 G82) were jubilant. In the DMV Super Touring & GT Cup, Ioannis Smyrlis (Porsche 992 GT3 Cup) and Gregor Drasal (Lamborghini Super Trofeo) were in the lead at the finish. The four regularity tests of the VFV GLP Pro finally saw Luca Burghartz (BMW E30), Philipp Olsen (Renault R5), Thomas Bartel (Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500) and Wilfried Burghartz (Shrike P15) each in first place.

In the GT60 powered by Pirelli, Colin Caresani, Sandro Holzem (BMW M4 GT3) and Reinhard Kofler (KTM X-Bow GTX) fought for the lead at the beginning, which Caresani snatched. Even after all the driver changes had been completed, the Mercedes-AMG GT3, now driven by Marcel Marchewicz, was still in the lead, which did not change until the finish line. The decision for second place was only made on the last lap when chaser Peter Terting, who formed a duo with Carrie Schreiner (both Audi R8 LMS GT3), took advantage of a mistake by Julian Hanses and took over second position. The two GTC support drivers Hanses and Finn Zulauf (Audi R8 LMS GT3) had to settle for third. In GT Sprint one, Hanses took revenge and won narrowly ahead of Marchewicz; Luca Arnold (Mercedes-AMG GT3) was third. In the second GT Sprint, Caresani, who was waved off first, only took part in the race with reservations after he was disqualified in qualifying and appealed. According to the regulations, the Dutchman will not be classified as race winner until further notice and the following drivers did not move up in the classification. Holzem and Terting were listed in second and third place.

In the STT, no one was faster than Stefan Wieninger. Race one saw Henk Thuis (Pumaxs RT) finish second, almost 50 seconds behind, with Max Gruhn (Audi RS3 LMS TCR) surprisingly taking third place despite being a lap down. Wieninger was also able to drive towards a safe victory one day later. This time, Uwe Lauer / Francesco Lopez (Ferrari 488 GT3), who had travelled to the Eifel as championship leaders, followed in second place, with Josef Klüber (Mercedes-AMG GT3) reaching the chequered flag in third. 

Junior driver Mattis Pluschkell returned home from the Nürburgring with almost the maximum points haul. In addition to a pole position, the talent also celebrated two race wins in the ADAC Touring Car Junior Cup, in which all starters drive a standard VW Up! GTI. In the first heat, he initially dropped back to sixth place from first on the grid, but then caught up again and passed Leon Arndt and Cedric Fuchs for the lead on the last lap. Fuchs and Arndt remained second and third. In the second heat, he edged out Mike Müller and Tim Melzer in a three-way battle to finish second and third. 

For the first time this year, a Formula racing series was part of the ADAC Racing Weekend: The AvD Historic Race Cup completed three races in the Eifel. On Sunday morning, Stéphane Lechine was first, ahead of Elio Cocciarelli (Ralt RT3/84 Alfa-Novamotor) and Pascal Monbaron (Opel Lotus MkII). On Sunday lunchtime Ralf Goral celebrated first place ahead of Monbaron and Valerio Leone (Dallara F390 Alfa-Novamotor), while in the afternoon he was pushed into second place by David Schneider (Opel Lotus MkII). Monbaron secured his third podium finish in third.

The DMV BMW 318ti Cup, in which all drivers drive a standard BMW 318ti Cup, was clearly in Sebastian Vollak's hands. Niklas Kalus and Leon Hoffmann completed the podium in race one, with Dennis Urgatz and Benjamin Bellmann / Phillip Stern following in second place. Peter Elkmann, 2005 champion in the Recaro Formula 3 Cup and competing in the DMV BMW 318ti Cup since this year, saw the finish line twice in eighth place. Remarkable: The man from Steinfurt manages the entire event alone, he has no team at his side. "In the 318ti Cup, tyres are not usually changed during the pit stop and refuelling is forbidden, so I thought I would be able to do this event on my own. But if I do have major problems, I can rely on the help of the Hard Speed team." Even if the costs can be pushed down by racing without a team, Elkmann has already discovered disadvantages: "Personally, I lack experience in this Cup and have to learn everything myself. That would certainly be easier if I had joined an existing team." 

In the DMV BMW Challenge, Thomas Ardelt (BMW M4 GT4 F82) and Bastian Hein each claimed two podium positions: Ardelt secured second place twice, Hein third and first. The winners of the first heat were Maurice Thormählen / Hinrich Thormählen, with Eric van den Munckhof (BMW KK M4 GTR) coming home third in the second heat. In the DMV Super Touring & GT Cup, Ioannis Smyrlis extended his winning streak of four first heat wins with another triumph; Gregor Drasal and Bastian Hein (BMW M3 GT4 G82) were left behind. In heat two, Drasal turned the tables and saw the chequered flag ahead of Smyrlis, who spun just before the end of the race in the battle for the lead. Sophie Hofmann (Audi R8 GT4 Evo) was delighted with third place.

In the VFV GLP Pro regularity test, three classifications were held for GT and touring cars as well as a test for formula and sports cars due to the large number of participants. In GT and Touring Car 1, Luca Burghartz came out on top ahead of Bastian Limpert (BMW E30 318ti) and Andreas Pensler (Porsche 944 S2). In GT and Touring Cars 2, Philipp Olsen prevailed ahead of Bernhard Hüther (Rover Mini) and Maic Germann (BMW E30 327i), while GT and Touring Cars 3 went to Thomas Bartel ahead of Gerhard Müller (BMW 320is) and Stefan Wolf (BMW 328i E36). Finally, in the Formula and Sports Cars, Wilfried Burghartz drove the most consistent laps ahead of Dirk Juilfs (Formula Opel Lotus MK1) and René Ahnert (Estonia 21).