Best weekend in ADAC GT Masters: Podium within reach at Nürburgring for Dennis Marschall
Double points, Junior podium and kilometres notched up in the lead. Dennis Marschall successfully repeated his strong form from Zandvoort at the Nürburgring in front of more than 17,000 spectators over the weekend. On his fifth race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters, Marschall delivered the strongest performance so far of his debut season in GT3 motor racing. In a field of 28 cars, he and team-mate Patric Niederhauser secured two points-scoring results with P4 and P5. The Aust Motorsport driver won silver again in the Junior championship with two second places. After racking up his first kilometres in the lead in the Super Sports Car League in Saturday’s race, he held the upper hand against reigning champion Connor De Phillippi during a tough scrap in the second race.
Dennis Marschall talking about…
… his best result so far in the ADAC GT Masters: “The start was the key to success. Some cars were involved in a collision, but I managed to keep out of trouble and gain a couple of positions. After that, the drivers behind me were unable to exert any pressure, and I made a big push forwards. Our strategy was to swap drivers at a late stage. That I was able to briefly take the lead as a result was a nice side-effect, but what was important was that our plan worked. Our pit stop was brilliant, and Patric again rejoined the track in front of the Corvette. It seemed like an eternity as I watched the second stint from the pits. It felt like the race would never end! But Patric was just great, was really fast and secured P4 for us.”
… the tough scrap with the reigning champion: “Sunday’s race was again very tough. I struggled a bit with the car oversteering a lot. I can’t say I enjoyed that much. There was a brief period during the race when I drew away from De Phillippi. My lead disappeared because of the safety car, and he got quite close again by the end. De Phillippi really does have a lot of experience, you know. He won this year’s 24-hour race on the Nordschleife and was last year’s ADAC GT Masters champion. It was definitely not easy, so I’m satisfied with fifth place, although we actually finished one position further up the field on Saturday.”
… the upward trend in form in his first season in GT3 racing: “I’m obviously really pleased with my third Junior podium in a row. My results and the trend from the last few races show that my form is still on the up. On the other hand, though, we would have liked to have finished on the podium in the second race after placing fourth on Saturday. There is obviously an element of disappointment when you only finish fifth, that I can’t deny. Still, we would have been pleased had we been fifth before in the other races. With that in mind, we can be very satisfied with three consecutive finishes in the Top Ten. That’s simply the way you have to look at things.”
… the race in six weeks’ time at the Sachsenring: “It’s difficult to make any predictions as we won’t be testing before the Sachsenring race weekend. I still know the circuit from my time in the Formel ADAC, even though it’s fairly difficult to make comparisons between formula racing cars and GT vehicles. Still, we think that the track should suit our Audi. The goal will be to repeat our performance from the Nürburgring and achieve two more top-ten results. If all goes well, we can perhaps secure the podium that eluded us in the Eifel.”