Published on August 21st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Lamborghini pairing of Engelhart and Ineichen dominate first free practice
Christian Engelhart (29, DEU) in the Grasser-Racing-Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 dominated the opening session of this sixth round of the ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort, Netherlands. He led the first free practice by more than half a second. The two races at the historic circuit on the Dutch North Sea coast will again be highly competitive, with the top positions in FP1 going to Lamborghini, Audi, Bentley, BMW and Porsche, i.e. no fewer than five different manufacturers. SPORT1 will broadcast the two Super Sports Car League races on Saturday and Sunday live and in their entirety on free-to-air TV, starting at 13:00 CEST.
Driving the Lamborghini he shares with Trophy points leader Rolf Ineichen (38, CH), Engelhart dominated the first encounter this Friday afternoon by posting a best time of 1:39.304 minutes with seven minutes to go before the end of the one-hour free practice session. “We’re now expecting rain this afternoon for the second free practice session, so we ‘sacrificed’ a new set of tyres. I managed to post a pretty good lap on them. I don’t think that our lead of half a second is realistic. Things will look different later, but as always, we have a good car, so that means we’re very satisfied so far.”
Connor De Phillippi (23, USA) and Christopher Mies (27, DEU, both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) placed second in their Audi R8 LMS, followed by Fabian Hamprecht (21, DEU) and Christer Jöns (29, DEU, both Bentley Team ABT) in the faster of the Bentley Continentals. Jesse Krohn (25, FIN) and Louis Delétraz (19, CH, both Schubert Motorsport) were fourth in a BMW M6, placed in front of David Jahn (25, DEU) and Kévin Estre (27, F, both KÜS TEAM75 Bernhard) in the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Robert Renauer (31, DEU) and Martin Ragginger (28, A, both Precote Herberth Motorsport) in another Porsche 911 GT3 R secured the sixth-fastest time ahead of Philip Geipel (29, DEU) and Rahel Frey (30, CH, both YACO Racing) in an Audi R8 LMS. Reigning champions Sebastian Asch (30, DEU) and Luca Ludwig (27, DEU, both AMG Team Zakspeed) in their Mercedes-AMG took the eight-fastest time from Frédéric Vervisch (30, B) and Christopher Haase (28, DEU, both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) in an Audi R8 LMS and Patrick Assenheimer (24, DEU) and Dominik Schwager (39, DEU, both Callaway Competition) in a Corvette C7.