Decision time at the Hockenheimring. The iconic racetrack in the German state of Baden-Württemberg is the venue for the final round of the German GT Championship in 2022. The favorite to win the title is championship leader Rafaele Marciello (27/CH). The Mercedes-AMG works driver enters the last two races of the season with a 42-point advantage and, supported by team-mate Daniel Hunkadella (31/E), holds all the aces. However, even such a comfortable lead is no guarantee in Germany’s fastest GT3 series. This is what Marcelo’s closest rivals Christian Engelhart (35/Sternberg) and Eihancan Guven (24/TR) of the Joos Sportwagentechnik team also know about the Porsche 911 GT3 R. They will be on the attack and looking to put the leader under pressure from the first minute.

Highlights, Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, Hockenheim, Races 13 and 14 of 14
Chain length: 4,574 meters
Layout: 17 corners (nine on the right, eight on the left) controlled clockwise
2021 Race 1 Winners: Mirko Bartolotti/Marco Mapelli (GRT Grasser Racing Team, Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo)
2021 Race 2 Winners: Rolf Ineichen/Frank Perera (GRT Grasser Racing Team, Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo)

One hand on the trophy
Mann-Filter Team Landgraf’s Raffaele Marcello claimed pole position in the title race thanks to an impressive second half of the season, including five podiums in six races. Despite the deficit, chasers Christian Engelhart and Eihancan Guven still believe their chance will come. With 56 points, the Porsche duo will do everything in their power to make their title dream come true. Fabian Schiller (25/Treusdorf) and Jules Gounon (27/F) may have three wins this season, but they have also dropped a lot of points. A deficit of 53 points will be difficult for the #4 Drago Racing Team ZVO Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to overturn. It was a similar story for the Lamborghini team of Jack Aitken (27/GB) and Alberto Costa Balboa (32/E) of Emil Frey Racing, who finished fourth by another point.

Neck and neck in the team competition
In contrast, Emil Frey Racing leads the team competition with 181 points – the same as second-placed Mann-Filter Team Landgraf, who have one win less than the Swiss team. Behind the two leaders, Land-Motorsport’s Montaplast is still at a distance of 160 points. Rutronik Racing, Team Joos Sportwagentechnik, Drago Racing Team ZVO and Schubert Motorsport also have a mathematical chance of winning the title.

Ben Green on the verge of victory in the Pirelli Junior competition
In the Pirelli Junior competition, leader Ben Green (24) of Schubert Motorsport has the best cards. The Briton has a 22-point lead over team-mate Niklas Cruten (19/Trier) who missed one weekend, meaning he can no longer catch Green, with whom he shares the cockpit of the #10 BMW M4 GT3 again in the final. . The same goes for Kim-Louis Schramm (25/Meuspath), Joel Sturm (20/Brühl) and Fabian Schiller (25/Treusdorf) as points are based on the driver classification of their respective team-mates. This classification is so high that this top three can no longer score the points needed to catch Green at Hockenheim. However, Mick Wieshofer (23/A) and Konsta Lappalainen (21/FIN) as well as ADAC Stiftung Sport pilot Jan Marchalkowski (19/Inning am Amersee) still have a mathematical chance of winning the junior title.

Local favorites
Last time out at the Sachsenring, Marvin Dienst (25/Lampertheim) took his second win in the ADAC GT Masters race. So now he goes to his home race full of confidence. The Mercedes-AMG driver lives just half an hour from the Hockenheimring and knows every inch of the track: “It feels like I’ve driven thousands of kilometers here and know the track better than anyone. Another advantage is that the racecourse is practically in my front garden: I don’t have to stay in a hotel, I can sleep at home in my own bed. In the ADAC GT Masters I want to fight at the front in both races. In the Prototype Cup Germany, which I’m also competing in this weekend, I’m aiming to win the championship.” For Dennis Marshall (26/Eggenstein) and his team Rutronik Racing from Remhingen, the Hockenheimring is like a living room and the most favorite track of Audi drivers. This is where he drove most of his drive and lines up in front of friends and acquaintances. “The Hockenheimring is only half an hour’s drive from my home and has been a happy hunting ground for me in the past. I’ve won different races here in different series, including my last race in ADAC Formula Masters, which is now ADAC Formula 4. The Hockenheimring is a real race track. It has spectacular driving and good overtaking capabilities. Fans can expect great motorsport in the final.”

Strong support program
The support program for the ADAC GT Masters Final at Hockenheimring includes a strong series of races, with a total of 12 titles still up for grabs over the weekend. Marvin Dienst aims to win the German Prototype Cup title. Excitement is guaranteed at ADAC GT4 Germany, where the drivers’ championship will be decided in Hockenheim. In contrast, the championship die has already been cast in ADAC TCR Germany and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

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