Return to Audi agreed: Dennis Marschall joins HCB-Rutronik ahead of 2019 ADAC GT Masters
As he prepares to contest his third season in the ADAC GT Masters, Dennis Marschall is returning to his roots. The 22-year-old from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen will be back in an Audi in 2019, sharing the cockpit of the new evolutionary stage of the R8 LMS with ADAC GT Masters rookie Carrie Schreiner. The German duo will drive one of the two Audi cars fielded by HCB-Rutronik Racing in the coming season.
Since graduating from the Audi TT Cup to the Super Sports Car League, Marschall has gained plenty of experience. In his rookie year of 2017, he achieved six Top Ten finishes, and last year put in a maiden ADAC GT Masters podium appearance at the Red Bull Ring. Together with his former team-mate, Marschall secured one of the four podium finishes for his previous team. In addition, he finished in the Top Three of the Junior classification (drivers under the age of 25) on six occasions during his first two years in the series.
Since HCB-Rutronik Racing was founded in 2010, the outfit based in Wilferdingen, Baden-Württemberg, has had some degree of success: in 2018, they entered the prestigious FIA GT World Cup in Macau for the third time and finished the weekend as sixth-best Audi outfit in the field. In addition, HCB-Rutronik Racing have contested several seasons of the Dunlop 60, a support series to the DMV Gran Turismo Touring Car Cup. Entry to the ADAC GT Masters is therefore the next logical step for this ambitious team.
The first weekend (26th – 28th April) of the 2019 ADAC GT Masters will as usual be staged at Oschersleben. In addition to classic international motorsport venues such as the Hockenheimring, the Nürburgring and the Sachsenring, the itinerary includes three events in neighbouring countries. Each of the seven weekends on the calendar comprises two one-hour races, all of which will be shown live on the free-to-air channel SPORT1.
Dennis talking about …
… returning to Audi with HCB-Rutronik Racing: “I have known the team for some time now. When I found out on a visit that they would be entering the ADAC GT Masters, the prospect of returning to Audi with HCB-Rutronik Racing was mooted. They impressed me with their achievements in the DMV GTC, and in any case, the whole team is well set up to cope with the challenges of 2019. I am very happy to be once again in the line-up for one of the world’s most competitive GT racing series.”
… 2019: “The team is new, and my team-mate will be in her ADAC GT Masters rookie year, so it’s difficult to make any forecasts at this time. Nevertheless, Top Ten finishes and podiums in the Junior class are quite realistic. We’ll be tackling the upcoming season with very little pressure on our shoulders, which is certainly not a disadvantage for us. The team is young and highly motivated. This is extremely important if we are going to get our campaign off to a decent start.”
… the new Audi R8 LMS EVO: “Yes, I just can’t wait to get back behind the wheel and open up the throttle. I know the Audi R8 LMS from my first year in the ADAC GT Masters and am very excited about the EVO version. Essentially, the Audi is an excellent all-rounder, and we should be competitive on most of the tracks on the race calendar.”