Preview GT Masters 2018: Seven champions attack
The field of drivers of the GT Masters inspires 2018 with big names and well-known newcomers – New slot for the magazine on TV partner SPORT1
World champion, Le Mans winner, ex-Formula 1 driver, DTM title winner, ALMS title holder and seven former champions – the field of drivers of the GT Masters is truly impressive in 2018. During the Media Day at the official pre-season test at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben the starters for the new season were presented. With Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and, for the first time, Honda, eight brands will be represented in the field in 2018. The GT Masters from 13. till 15. April in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. All races will be broadcasted live and in full length by SPORT1.
23 teams with 36 cars from eight manufacturers – including newcomer Honda and returning Ferrari: “In its twelfth season, the GT Masters presents a varied and top-class field of contenders: “I am sure that we will again experience another exciting season in the GT Masters in 2018”, says ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk.
Head of Motorsport Thomas Voss is also looking forward to the 14 races of the season: “We are very happy about the great interest in the GT Masters. With Honda we can welcome a new brand, but the fact that Ferrari is back again is also a very positive development. The return of renowned racing teams such as Phoenix Racing and Team Rosberg underlines the great importance of the GT Masters”.
Celebrity names in the field
This year, several internationally renowned pilots are making their debut in the GT Masters. The two-time WEC World Champion and Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard starts for the first time for his racing team Team75 Bernhard, where he shares a 911 GT3 with his Porsche works driver colleague Kevin Estre. Lucas Luhr is another former world champion starting for the first time. The 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship title winner, overall winner of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and two-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring also drives an “eleven” – for the new Team Ring Police, which is supported by YouTube star JP Kraemer.
Also new in the GT Masters is Timo Scheider. The 2008 and 2009 DTM title winner will drive a BMW M6 GT3. DTM driver Jamie Green is also scheduled for guest appearances. The Audi driver always drives an R8 LMS from Mücke Motorsport when regular driver Stefan Mücke has obligations in the Endurance World Championship (WEC). Markus Winkelhock, Frank Stippler, Pierre Kaffer and Rahel Frey are four other former DTM drivers competing in an Audi R8 LMS.
Seven former GT Masters champions will start in the 2018 season – many of them with a new team. Two-time title winner Sebastian Asch returns to Team Zakspeed and drives a Mercedes-AMG GT3 there. Ex-DTM driver Maximilian Götz, the 2012 champion, is also on the road with the star. Its premiere in the Ferrari 488 GT3, on the other hand, will be celebrated by the 2015 title winner, Luca Ludwig.
Three former title winners trust in the Audi R8 LMS: Christopher Haase joins Mücke Motorsport, Kelvin van der Linde Land-Motorsport. There he is a team mate of Christopher Mies. With the Corvette C7 GT3-R, the master car of 2017, Daniel Keilwitz starts.
Expanded TV presence
Fans of the GT Master can also look forward to extensive TV broadcasting times in 2018. SPORT1 will continue to broadcast all 14 races of the season live and in full length. New for 2018 is that the sports channel broadcasts the GT Masters magazine with all the highlights from GT Masters, Formula 4 and TCR Germany on Sunday evening of the race weekends. Fans will be informed even faster about races, backgrounds and events.