HTP Motorsports’ Maximilian Buhk secures the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series championship after taking victory at the Nurbürgring 1000km with Maximilian Götz and Bernd Schneider.
It may have been pretty late in the season for the first repeat winners of the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series to identify themselves, but for HTP Motorsport – who also took victory at the previous round in Spa – the timing couldn’t have been better. Victory for the #84 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 secured Maximilian Buhk the Pro Drivers championship, thanks in no small part to teammates Maximilian Götz and Nurbürgring 24 Hours winner Bernd Schneider, who finished joint second in the standings).
Victory in the closing stages of the 2013 1000km Nurbürgring had looked to be locked out by Paul Ricard winners Bas Leinders, Yelmer Buurman and Maxime Martin. A late race brake pad change for the polesitting #84 HTP entry dropped the Buhk/ Götz/Schneider trio into disarray, forcing them to go on the offensive and re-secure the lead on-track. Understandably, the crowd was overjoyed. The final 18s gap between first and second emphasised how dominant the weekend had truly been for the newly crowned champions. Although overshadowed by Buhk’s efforts, second place for the Leinders /Buurman/Martin entry was enough for Marc VDS Racing to put the Pro Cup championship beyond the reach of Belgian Club Audi WRT squad, who could only manage 16th after a tough race for Rene Rast, Stephane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor.
Some twenty seconds behind, Antoine Leclerc, Mike Parisy and Andy Soucek secured the ART Grand Prix McLaren 12C GT3 its first podium finish since the Monza opener, ahead of the Esta Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi, Alexander Skryabin and Matteo Bobbi. Fellow Ferrari runners, Monza winners and erstwhile championship leaders Davide Rigon, Cesar Ramos and Daniel Zampieri (Kessel Racing) were a further six laps behind in 20th.
Pro-Am victory at the Nurbürgring went to the SMP Racing’s Victor Shaitar, and Anton and Kirill Ladygin after a hardfought encounter with ROAL Motorsport’s Stefano Comandini and Michela Cerruti. Ultimate glory however went to Lucas Ordonoez, the Nissan GT Academy winner able to secure himself the Pro-Am drivers crown and Nissan GT Academy Team RJN the Pro-Am Teams Championship despite only piloting the GT-R Nismo GT3 to eighth in-class alongside teammates Wolfgang Reip and Peter Pyzera. Adam Christodoulou, Steve Jans and Klaas Hummel in the Black Falcon Mercedes-Bens SLS AMG GT3 would take the final step of the Pro-Am podium.
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