TOP TEN FINISH AT THE DEBUT IN ADAC GT MASTERS 2018

15.04.2018 - A positive seventh place in race one is the positive balance of I.S.R. racing's weekend at the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben (GER) during the opener of ADAC GT Masters 2018.

The colours of the Czech outfit - that was at the debut in the exciting German championship reserved to Grand Touring cars - have been defended by Filip Salaquarda (CZ) and Frank Stippler (GER), that have shown all their value behind the wheel of the n.33 Audi R8 LMS.

The double round in Oschersleben has been made more tricky and uncertain by weather conditions that forced drivers to adapt their driving style to the humid track first and then to the dry, starting from free practice. I.S.R. racing's pairing collected important data in practice to set-up the car for qualifying and Salaquarda closed Q1 with a best lap of 1'24.851s, that earned him P12, while Stippler put in a 1'24.070s in Q2 ending eighteenth.

Race one was run on Saturday afternoon and Salaquarda drove wisely from the start to the initial stages and throughout his stint, which allowed him to get some ground back and to reach the pit stop in ninth place. Back on track, Stippler continued this progression driving effectively and reaching P8, a position that he kept all the way to the flag. Stewards excluded the n.63 car from the classification at the end of the race though, which shuffled the final order and promoted I.S.R. racing's n.33 Audi R8 LMS to the final seventh place.

Race two has been less positive though. Stippler put in a solid start from the ninth row but had to retire shortly after due to a contact which caused a puncture during the first lap.

Igor Salaquarda (I.S.R. racing, Team Principal):
"The balance of this first ADAC GT Masters 2018 weekend is overall positive. We showed a good pace, the whole team has done a great work in the difficult conditions of qualifying on Saturday and both Filip and Frank drove wisely in race one, managing to recover four places. Unfortunately, the excursion in race two prevented us from scoring what I believe would have been another important result, but the championship is long and we will certainly have the chance to bounce back".

I.S.R. racing will get back on track at the Most Autodrom (CZ) from April 27th to 29th for the second round of ADAC GT Masters 2018.