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Two rounds into the 2022 ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship, Christopher Högfeldt was firmly within the driver’s seat. 4 race victories out of 4 races was solely prevented by the robust Watkins Glen type of Jack Keithley, and even then the Swede was proper behind the Brit.
In the meantime, Mortiz Löhner has had a depressing begin to the season. Since final checking in with this championship, the DTM Trophy driver appeared to regular the ship with a powerful outing within the DTM Esports Championship.
A great distance behind the ADAC factors chief already, it might require extra than simply ‘good’ outcomes from right here on out to persuade pundits that a title defence was nonetheless on the playing cards.
Dash Qualifying would find yourself producing loads of firsts for the season. After not securing a prime ten beginning spot in any session so far, Löhner got here out of the traps flying to select up his first pole place in 2022. Högfeldt would stay a menace inside the highest ten however wouldn’t characteristic on the entrance row after 4 consecutive appearances.
As a substitute, Marko Pejic would line up alongside the renewed Dörr Esports driver; caught in between him and teammate Florian Hasse. Workforce Fordzilla’s Gianmarco Fiduci struck a powerful sufficient lap time for fourth forward of Watkins Glen Dash winner Keithley.
The 2 McLarens within the prime three began properly as Pejic was caught napping. Hasse was hardly contested in his nabbing of second, whereas Fiduci additionally fell again behind Keithley within the early scrap for fourth.
Högfeldt merely wasn’t in a position to preserve tempo with the highest seven, hindered additional by a rambunctious Tim Jarschel desperate to get by. After two laps of hounding the championship chief, the German was by way of into Flip 1.
Pejic would problem Hasse, Siggy would put additional stress on Fiduci and Högfeldt nearly misplaced out to Krippner. But regardless of the normally fruitful nature of the Nürburgring’s shortened format, hardly any additional overtaking passed off.
Löhner led a Dörr Esports 1-2 throughout the road with Hasse warding off the late Pejic cost. A much-needed injection of factors with Högfeldt down in ninth.
There was extra pleasure to come back for the Dörr crew as three of its vehicles made it into the highest 5 of the Characteristic Race beginning grid.
Löhner was as soon as once more on pole place, this time forward of Kevin Siggy, while Bence Bánki occupied third. Pejic was as soon as once more part of the highest two rows, simply nipping in forward of Hasse by zero.007 seconds.
It was not a fantastic outlook for Högfeldt as he did not characteristic inside the highest ten for the primary time this season.
Beginning beside Löhner was seemingly the poisoned chalice for Spherical Three as Siggy was swamped in the beginning. Although finally solely dropping one place to Bánki, it may have been quite a bit worse. Pejic additionally discovered himself beneath scrutiny however saved Hasse and Emre Cihan at bay. Högfeldt in the meantime had been very busy, shaking his approach as much as eighth after just a few corners.
Lap two would convey exhilarating motion as Siggy’s race tempo faltered. Pejic launched an excellent switchback transfer by way of the Mercedes Enviornment earlier than Hasse handed the pair of them into Valvoline-Kurve, exhibiting incredible consciousness to create a Dörr 1-2-Three.
Sadly, only a minute later all his good work can be undone – after which some – with cooked brakes sending him far too deep into the primary nook. Pejic, Siggy, Cihan and even Keithley down in seventh would all profit.
Although not a part of the primary group to pit, Pejic and Hasse would each dive in fairly early in hopes of an undercut on these in entrance. Högfeldt can be the subsequent driver of curiosity, not gaining a lot on his place earlier than the pit window opened.
Then got here Bánki and Keithley, the latter of which might lose a spot to the proactive Hasse. The German’s name produced outcomes for a second time with Cihan falling behind after his cease.
As soon as everybody had strapped on contemporary rubber, the image for Högfeldt grew to become a lot clearer. He had misplaced out on two locations with Löhner cruising to a second consecutive victory. To make issues worse, the late stopping Jakub Brzezinski was on a tear having disposed of Erhan Jajovski with aplomb.
Within the dying embers of the Characteristic Race, the Swede was briefly ejected out of the highest ten by the Pole.
Late drama would unfold on the ultimate lap as, after working within the prime three so securely for half the race, Pejic ran out of gasoline. The German would tragically cease in sight of the road – despite a incredible present of sportsmanship by Jonas Wanner – and would develop into the lone retirement of the race.
An evening to recollect for Moritz Löhner then as two wins mixed with so-so outcomes for Högfeldt raises loads of intrigue for the subsequent spherical. Bánki additionally benefited total with a factors acquire on the championship chief cemented by second place. Kevin Siggy rounded out the Characteristic podium considerably fortuitously.
Dash Race Outcomes
- Moritz Löhner 17:50.696
- Florian Hasse +01.070
- Marko Pejic +1.411
- Jack Keithley +four.570
- Gianmarco Fiduci +5.298
- Kevin Siggy +5.652
- Bence Bánki +6.024
- Tim Jarschel +7.961
- Christopher Högfeldt +10.195
- Leonard Krippner +10.569
Characteristic Race Outcomes
- Moritz Löhner 34:11.983
- Bence Bánki +four.663
- Kevin Siggy +7.516
- Florian Hasse +10.375
- Emre Cihan +10.820
- Jack Keithley +11.973
- Nikodem Wisniewski +12.292
- Gianmarco Fiduci +14.103
- Jakub Brzezinski +15.823
- Christopher Högfeldt +16.525