PROsport Performances unhappy visit to the beach

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Particularly during the summer holidays, any visit to a beach should be one of happiness and potential reward but sadly that was not the case as German based PROsport Performance reconvened to both the ADAC GT Masters and ADAC GT4 Germany from the Dutch coastal circuit of Zandvoort.

Intermittent torrential rain storms hampered everyones progress during the weekends earlier Free Practice sessions leading into Qualifying but even before that the team was already on the back foot. For reasons unclear, their resident Aston Martin Racing factory driver Maxine Martin was otherwise unavailable forcing the team to recruit at short notice the driving services of former Zandvoort ADAC GT Masters race winner Ezequiel Perez Companc to partner full season racer Daniel Keilwitz in the #99 AMR Vantage GT3.

Having also earlier this year released drivers Hugo de Sadeleer and Valentin Hasse Clot the team have yet to find a suitable co driver for Florian Thoma who has stepped up from their ADAC GT4 campaign to join them in GT3 so again, the team only had a single GT3 entry.

With Companc not used to the new Vantage, all available track track was given to him to familiarise himself but in turn that lead to under performance in set up that would thus hamper them during the two one jour races of the weekend..

Despite improving lap times over the weekend, the #99 car was never in a position to challenge with a slight contact during race one then further impeding any attempted progress with the car ultimately finishing P21. Race two wasn't much better for the team after Keilwitz Qualified the car in P25, surprisingly slow for him but understandable considering his lack of seat time during Free Practice. During another Safety Car interrupted race the #99 car would again finish a lowly P29 and on top of everything else so far this season, that was not a good return to the series.

In the supporting ADAC GT4 Germany Series, the team did return with their two AMR Vantage GT4's albeit with a revised driver line up in the #18 car.

Indeed it was the #18 car of David Griessner and Akhil Rabindra that partly saved the day for the team with a warranted lights to flag P4 performance in Saturday first race. Their sister #19 car would start from the sixth row but would be retired at the pit stop with another apparent rear hub issue after possible contact earlier in the race.

That damage to the #19 car would see it not start Sundays race at all whilst the #18 should start from its Qualified P14 position, technical issues of their own would also see that car stop just before the end of the race.

The ADAC circus now makes its way back into Germany for the next round this weekend from the Nurburgring. Whilst there hasn't been any formal Entry list issued yet we do know that former China GT racer Yves Volte has now signed up with the team to see out the final rounds of the GT4 Germany Series aboard the #18 car with David Griessner.

We hope for their sakes, a return to German circuits will get their endeavours back on track!

Photo credits - ADAC 

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