Iain and Gail Shankland were at Hockenheim for the final round of the 2012 ADAC GT Masters. We finish with Gail’s pictures of what is the German GT championship featuring GT3 machinery. It is one of the strongest GT fields in the world with some 20 teams and top level GT drivers.
The race in brief (translated from German by Google…)
A tempestuous finale to the 2012 ADAC GT Masters in bright sunshine at the Hockenheimring, with wheel-to-wheel clashes and an enthralling duel for the championship title in the closing stage of the race: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG duo Sebastian Asch (26, Ammerbuch) and Maximilian Götz (26, Uffenheim / kfzteile24 MS RACING Team) put in a controlled and masterful performance in front of 20,700 fans to claim their first win of the season and at the same time clinch the title. In a dramatic last few laps, Dominik Baumann (19, Austria) and Harald Proczyk (36, Austria / HEICO Motorsport) made it a Mercedes-Benz one-two on the podium. Robert Renauer (27, Munich) and Nicolas Armindo (30, France / FROGREEN CO2 neutral) in a Porsche 911 completed the Top Three. “Those last fifteen minutes in the car were the most difficult I have experienced in my entire motor racing career,” said a breathless Sebastian Asch after his title-winning stint. Because of unresolved protests, the race result remains provisional. But whatever the stewards decide, this cannot affect the award of the drivers’ and team trophies.
Photos by Gail Shankland, October 2012
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