Bentley Team HTP was in action for the sixth round of the ADAC GT Masters this weekend. HTP has been campaigning two Bentley Continental GT3’s this season and has been make steady progress in the series. This weekend’s drivers were Fabian Hamprecht and Clemens Schmid in the first car and Luca Stolz and Maximilian Buhk in the second car. Maxi Buhk was filling in and had a terrific run, just missing the podium in fourth place.
During Saturday’s first race, both Bentleys also put in a great performance, but weren’t as fortunate – Schmid/Hamprecht finished 13th after a penalty due to a pit lane infringement, while Stolz/Buhk retired after a mechanical issue.
Hambrecht and Schmid started out the weekend out strong by qualifying second. Hamprecht help that position throughout his stint, keeping up with the race leading Porsche 911. Schmid took over from his teammate and kept the pressue on the race leader until the end, finishing second. At the flag, he was only 0.6 seconds behind the race winning R8.
Schmid was critical of his own performance after the race, saying, “I made a minor mistake in my out lap in Sunday’s race, which probably cost one second. Maybe this was the second that we needed at the end! But we are also very happy with our second place.”
Stolz/Buhk were also en-route to a podium finish in the second race. Stolz overtook a Porsche in a hard fight in the latter stages of the race, but had to give this position back according to the race director and finished fourth.
Team Principal Norbert Brückner was disappointed with the race director, but please with Hamprecht and Schmid’s results. Afterwards he commented, “The good performance of Fabian and Clemens was rewarded with a well-deserved podium finish, and we showed a good performance as a team this weekend.”
“We a had good qualifying and the speed to fight for the victory. Luca and Maxi were denied a podium finish after a unfortunate decision by the race director.” – Norbert Brückner
Luca was also frustrated with the race director but satisfied with his performance. “We certainly had the speed for a victory this weekend and at the end we were a bit unfortunate to lose a possible podium finish. But a fourth place finish isn’t that bad.” Looking ahead, Stolz said, “Now we have to attack again at Zandvoort in three weeks, I hope I can make a return to the podium there.”