Jack Keithley and Florian Hasse claimed the Dash and Function race wins respectively within the second spherical of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship.
There was maybe some oversight as to only how spectacular Marko Pejic was on his debut within the championship. A entrance row begin within the Dash and a podium within the Function. The one blot on his copybook was the poor launch that crippled his first race hopes.
The German continued his robust begin to the season with pole place in Austria albeit by finer margins than Löhner discovered himself with per week in the past. The reigning champion was adequate for third however frustratingly discovered himself a thousandth behind fellow 2021 race winner Wisniewski.
Oschersleben podium sitters Jack Keithley and Florian Hasse rounded out the highest 5.
GT3 Dash Race
For all of the reward he rightfully deserves to date, Pejic will doubtless have rolling begins in his nightmares as but once more he struggled off the entrance row. With the real menace of being absorbed into the midfield, the rookie nearly spun out of Flip 1 in desperation to carry place.
Everybody may scent blood within the water and earlier than the top of the primary lap, Pejic was bullied off the circuit and going through the incorrect means. Catastrophe for the pole sitter.
In the meantime, Keithley had a blinder of a begin, leaping each Löhner and his Williams Esports stablemate. You wouldn’t have guessed it although with no love misplaced because the Pole tried to wrestle the lead away. His enthusiasm would price him nonetheless because the reigning double champion launched an bold transfer across the exterior of Gösser, finishing it via the Niki Lauda nook.
To compound his distress, the stewards deemed that he had been ignoring decelerate warnings and thus dumped him with a Dash destroying drive-thru penalty.
With one Williams Esports driver out of the way in which, solely the remaining member stood between Löhner and one other victory so as to add to his assortment.
Carefully monitoring the competition was one other rookie in Jeffrey Rietveld and the MRS duo of Tim Jarschel and Alexander Dornieden. Sadly, a uncommon slip up within the braking zone of Gösser gave all the motivation to these chasing and all three have been in a position to relegate the Dörr Esports driver to fifth.
Keithley wasn’t out of the woods with an apparent tempo deficit to everybody behind. Rietveld made an identical mistake to Löhner by attacking too zealously and thru went Jarschel into 2nd. After disconnecting from the lead in Oschersleben’s Function Race, redemption was doable however to not be because the Brit held on to choose up his first win of the yr.
As all the time, we’ll be briefly stopping in on the GT4 occasion to control proceedings.
Skilled RaceRoom runner Adam Pinczes would declare pole place forward of final week’s pole-sitter Emre Cihan with Alessandro Ottaviani additionally that includes on the sharp finish. Nonetheless, Cihan reversed the consequence by storming to a second win of the season forward of the corporate he shared within the prime three of Qualifying.
GT3 Function Race
With Marc Gassner on pole, Florian Hasse sat second realizing how his poor begin from the identical place final week had arguably price him a shot at a win. On the Purple Bull Ring, errors have been rectified with a strong launch being adopted up by a marvellous overtake for the lead across the exterior of Flip 1.
Bence Bánki was eager to make an early impression on proceedings however, like so many earlier than him, fell afoul of Gösser along with his occupancy of third relinquished by Martin Barna.
The Slovakian was out of the groove and invited Jakub Brzezinski and Alex Dornieden behind to stress him. The following battle was mightily fierce, maybe slightly an excessive amount of for the MRS rider as Löhner then Rietveld picked him off.
Maybe below the purple mist, his aggressive rebuttal was met with a agency door and a half spin. Dornieden fell to eleventh although not with additional drama as he reduce Thibaut Cazaubon’s nostril and spun him as properly.
Because the pitstop window opened, Brzezinski and Jarschel dived in instantly in hopes of an undercut. If Oschersleben was any indicator, this wasn’t as highly effective a tactic as in different sequence. Each Löhner and race chief Hasse responded to the early technique name and didn’t lose a lot out of it. Florian had a transparent highway forward while Moritz returned to the highway behind Brzezinski.
The subsequent key determine to field was Bánki and eventually it appeared that the razor-sharp determination had confirmed dividends. Each Brzezinski and Löhner cast forward because the Slovakian emerged from pit exit.
The momentum was all with the wily German operator and as soon as once more the third flip of the circuit proved bountiful as a late braking manoeuvre on the Williams Esports Bentley rewarded the reigning double champion handsomely.
Even third-placed Barna wasn’t protected and one other Bentley was felled by the charging Porsche. With all main contenders serving their necessary cease, the order was as such; Hasse, Gassner, Löhner with everybody again to Keithley in thirteenth nonetheless inside three seconds of a podium.
Rietveld and Brzezinski had a incredible scrap for nearly a complete lap with 22 minutes nonetheless to run, the Dutchman popping out on prime. The Polish driver was set to lose one other place simply minutes later to Barna.
Finally, the lead contest was simply too spicy to show away from. Löhner may scent a second win of the season and labored extremely onerous to move the cussed Gassner with simply shy of quarter-hour left.
Throughout this time, Marko Pejic had been placing within the clear laps with the assumption of gaining positions via an undercut. It was a masterstroke for the Dash pole sitter as he fed again out into the huge battle for fifth.
The climax to the Function was a testomony to how entertaining it was. Rietveld was motoring alongside and vying for a podium. Löhner and Hasse, being teammates, had been working collectively to maintain Gassner behind and now he was to be fed to a Staff Redline branded shark. With a spot now established, the 2 stablemates went at it for glory.
Hasse held on. Simply. As did Gassner for the rostrum.
We have now the grace of an prolonged break to catch our breaths earlier than the ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship returns with Zandvoort. Keep in mind that we play host completely to the English Commentary stream so make sure you pencil in 6th July because the time to tune in to the Traxion.GG YouTube channel.
ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Spherical 2, GT3 Dash Race Outcomes
- Jack Keithley – Williams Esports 23:02.804
- Tim Jarschel – MRS Esports +0.319
- Jeffrey Rietveld – Staff Redline +0.641
- Alexander Dornieden – MRS Esports +1.199
- Moritz Löhner – Dörr Esports +1.429
- Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports +1.788
- Martin Barna – M1RA Esports +3.907
- Bence Bánki – Dörr Esports +4.261
- Florian Hasse – Dörr Esports +4.873
- Marc Gassner – MRS Esports +5.942
ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Spherical 2, GT3 Function Race Outcomes
- Florian Hasse – Dörr Esports 43:03.365
- Moritz Löhner – Dörr Esports +0.052
- Marc Gassner – MRS Esports +1.617
- Jeffrey Rietveld – Staff Redline +1.774
- Bence Bánki – Dörr Esports +5.785
- Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports +6.038
- Martin Barna – M1RA Esports +6.514
- Jack Keithley – Williams Esports +6.790
- Kevin Siggy – Staff Redline +7.091
- Alexander Dornieden – MRS Esports +7.652