After a troublesome couple of races on the Sachsenring, Löhner had completed sufficient to take care of a wholesome factors benefit heading into the ultimate spherical of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship. Situated on the legendary Hockenheimring, this ‘double-header’ occasion would run two Function Races on prime of the customary single Dash.
Extra jeopardy maybe for the title favorite, although the two-times champion confirmed no indicators of concern heading into qualifying.
Marko Pejic was again on the sharp finish of the grid after going ‘lacking in motion’ mid-season. 2021 has proven loads of promise for the younger German, although not a lot has been capitalised on. Behind the pole-sitter lay three vehicles in Dörr Esports colors; Bence Bánki, Löhner and Florian Hasse respectively.
After selecting up his first win within the sequence within the earlier spherical, Jeffrey Rietveld continued his encouraging kind trajectory with fifth and simply over a tenth away from the entrance of the grid. Jakub Brzezinski in the meantime, as the one challenger to Löhner, endured a disappointing end result down in 13th.
GT3 Dash Race
Pejic and dangerous begins had been one of many speaking factors of the early season and as soon as once more the outdated headline ran as soon as extra. Bánki instantly seized upon first with a late, retaliatory, dive into the Flip 6 hairpin. Behind, Brzezinski had turned on the jets, careening as much as seventh. Pejic’s first lap nightmare wasn’t over as each Löhner and Hasse escorted him out of the rostrum spots.
Regardless of this early setback, he would get better properly, re-passing Hasse with 15 minutes to go. Fascinatingly, his last overtake could be within the dying moments of the race, however in no half right down to his personal ability. In an obvious present of comradery for his stablemate, Löhner would decelerate to present Hasse a podium in his struggle for third within the factors standings.
Although well-intentioned and calculated given Brzezinski’s sixth-place end, the actions had been frowned upon by the stewards who slammed the championship chief with a 10-second post-race time penalty for ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’. From ending fourth, Löhner could be categorized 15th in what might be probably the most hotly debated stewards’ selections within the sequence’ historical past.
Emre Cihan would cap off an incredible GT4 season with yet one more pole place and victory. The Turkish driver will definitely be one to look at in the primary championship subsequent 12 months. Alessandro Ottaviani virtually stole pole place away however was as soon as once more pipped.
In the meantime, it was heartbreak for Nikita Shaposhnik; the Ukrainian qualifying third however ending exterior the highest twenty with Julian Kunze taking his place.
GT3 Function Race 1
With the post-race commotion put to relaxation, it might be Christopher Högfeldt who discovered himself in pole place for the primary Function Race of the night. Just like the Dash earlier, first place seemingly wasn’t the place you wished to be hurtling in direction of Flip 1 as each Tim Jarschel and Marc Gassner handed the Mercedes-AMG. Brzezinski, desperately needing as many factors over Löhner as potential, dropped a spot early to Kevin Siggy.
The Austro-Slovenian, together with stablemate Rietveld, third-placed Högfeldt and Isaac Value, all got here in to pit on the earliest alternative with an eye fixed to undercutting these forward. The MRS Esports drivers responded instantly permitting Brzezinski to style the lead for the primary time this spherical.
Löhner’s cease would arrive on the midway mark with early indicators suggesting that point had been gained with a tyre benefit besides. Because the second stint progressed, the opposition started to sway the reigning champion’s means with a top-five end in sight and rear guard strain being utilized by his stablemates. His fortunate break would arrive as Rietveld tangled with a slowing Högfeldt; the 2 opening the door for Moritz to brush by means of.
Brzezinski was amongst the ultimate stoppers and as destiny would have it, he exited the pits simply forward of Löhner. The scrap between the 2 was pointless pleasure from the Dörr Esports perspective, particularly as their star driver had already completed sufficient with sixth place.
A barnstorming last few corners really took the highlight away from the precise winner of the race, Tim Jarschel, and podium sitters Gassner and Value. Löhner had completed it although – he was a three-time ADAC GT Masters Esports champion.
GT3 Function Race 2
With the title struggle over, the distinctive second Function Race of this last spherical had a way more ‘finish of faculty’ vibe. The beginning order could be taken because the ending order of the Dash Race with out the reverse grid utilized. Both means, this meant that the freshly topped king of GT Masters Esports could be ranging from 15th as soon as once more.
For the primary time that night, the driving force in pole place led into Flip 2 as Bánki fended off a Pejic fueled with ideas of redemption. Löhner’s cost up the sector was much more speedy this go round with 10th already his throughout the opening 10 minutes. This time round, The German could be one of many first to pit together with Tim Jarschel though the youthful of the hometown heroes would decide up a dashing penalty.
After appearing because the race chief’s shadow for 20 minutes, Pejic was lastly capable of actual some short-term revenge on Bánki. The Slovakian’s response was swift, diving into the pits because the German continued spherical. The undercut virtually paid off too with Pejic compelled onto the defensive instantly on the pit lane exit.
Florian Hasse’s technique alternatively wasn’t anyplace near figuring out. An extended first stint gave him contemporary rubber for the final 13 minutes but additionally dumped him into net-sixth from an preliminary place of third. A comeback podium drive was at all times an excessive amount of to ask for, with solely Brzezinski falling behind within the ensuing last levels of the season.
However successful comfortably could be Marko Pejic who in the end locked down his most fruitful occasion of the 12 months from Bánki and a cussed Rietveld holding off Value.
ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Spherical 7, GT3 Dash Race Outcomes
- Bence Bánki 23:52.945
- Marko Pejic +1.026
- Florian Hasse +2.996
- Moritz Löhner* +three.198
- Jeffrey Rietveld +three.386
- Jakub Brzezinski +four.360
- Isaac Value +four.772
- Kevin Siggy +6.708
- Marc Gassner +7.161
- Tim Jarschel +eight.243
*Earlier than penalty utilized
ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Spherical 7, GT3 Function Race 1 Outcomes
- Tim Jarschel 44:06.230
- Marc Gassner +zero.462
- Isaac Value +zero.871
- Kevin SIggy +5.270
- Jakub Brzezinski +6.224
- Moritz Löhner +6.302
- Jack Keithley +6.501
- Bence Bánki +6.974
- Jeffrey Rietveld +eight.205
- Alexander Dornieden +9.739
ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Spherical 7, GT3 Function Race 2 Outcomes
- Marko Pejic 44:15.668
- Bence Bánki +three.995
- Jeffrey Rietveld +four.488
- Isaac Value +5.118
- Florian Hasse +6.519
- Jakub Brzezinski +9.153
- Marc Gassner +13.106
- Max Pfeifer +15.451
- Kevin Siggy +16.882