AMR powered dominance in ADAC GT4 Germany leaves a three car Vantage shoot out for top honours at season finale

Monday, September 26, 2022


This weekend’s penultimate round of the ADAC GT4 Germany Series from the Sachsenring saw another dominant display from one Aston Martin Racing powered team who took one pole position and one front row start and transformed them into two race wins as well as a podium lock out for their stablemates.

Coming into this fifth round of six, had the #69 Dorr Motorsport AMR Vantage GT4 of Phil Dorr and Indy Dontjie leading the series but with two superb drives from first the #24 Prosport Racing AMR of Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse as well as from the #007 Dorr car of brother Ben Dorr with Romain Leroux saw a complete reversal of fortunes with the #24 car now leading the Championship with the #69 crew with just a mathematical chance of securing the ultimate prize for their efforts by the end of the final round of the series at Hockenheim in four weeks’ time.

In Saturdays hour long opener, it was the #24 Prosport who literally lead the way around the undulating track of the Sachsenring with Ortmann having earlier claimed pole before translating that into a robust display of race craft with his younger co-driver sealing a lights to flag win, beating their #007 championship rivals who finished just off the podium in fourth.

Under the overcast skies of Sunday, it was the turn of Indy Dontjie to claim pole position in his #69 car just ahead of the #24 car of Sasse where he showed enough speed to keep the #24 car firmly behind. Trouble for one Aston Martin came just about the time of the opening of the pit stop window as the Trophy classed #48 Prosport car of Christopher Rohner tangled with the Theo Nouet driven Mercedes AMG GT4 to leave the German with front suspension damage in the gravel and short of any repeat of another class podium for his co-driver Yevgen Sokolovskiy.

With Leroux pitting early but the front two later, the turning point of the race came as Ortmann was able to pass the pit lane exiting Phil Dorr for the race lead thanks to his faster out lap against the #69 cars pitstop time.

Having already lost the lead to the #24 car, Phil Dorr would soon have brother Ben pushing hard for position when the #007 car finally did pass for second with just ten minutes remaining.

Finishing under local yellows for another car smashed into the wall, Sundays race would finish with an AMR 1-2-3-4 with the #24 taking another double to take the lead in the Championship with the #007 Dorr car in second, the #69 Dorr car in third and with the #95 Dorr car of Simon Connor-Primm and Nico Hantke getting their best result so far in fourth.

Championship wise, with just one round/two races and a maximum of fifty points being available, Hockenheim’s finale will witness a straightforward three-way battle between eth #24 Prosport car of Ortmann/Sasse on 154 points, the #007 Dorr car of Ben Dorr/Romain Leroux on 134 points and Ben Dorr/Indy Dontjie who are on 131 points.

It couldn’t be any closer if it tried.

Photo credits – ADAC GT4 Germany
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