Successful Sunday for Erik Johansson in BMW Photo: ADAC GT Masters
Successful Sunday for Erik Johansson in BMW Photo: ADAC GT Masters

Erik Johansson is best Junior

BMW driver wins 200th ADAC GT Masters race

Sweden’s Erik Johansson from MRS GT-Racing won the ADAC GT Masters 200th anniversary race at the Red Bull Ring.

He had already caused a minor sensation on Saturday with third place overall and second place in the competition for Juniors but did even better on the second day of racing. 24-year-old Johansson and partner Jens Klingmann were in second place on the grid in the BMW M6 GT3 for the start of the race. Klingmann promptly took the lead right at the start, which he defended until the time came to swap drivers. Johansson took over and went on to secure his maiden victory overall in the ADAC GT Masters and first success in the Pirelli Junior Trophy competition.

“It is a fantastic feeling to be celebrating my first victory in the ADAC GT Masters, especially with this being the 200th race of the series,” he said. “Jens did an outstanding job in the first stint. It was a big advantage to be taking over the car at halftime in first position. My main task was to drive as safely as possible and not to make any mistakes that might have cost us a lot of time. It’s a pity not to see two BMWs on the podium again, but our car felt very good again today. Two podiums for MRS GT-Racing are a great result. That really boosts your self-confidence.”

Second place in the ADAC GT Masters Junior classification went to Saturday’s winner, Henric Skoog (Schubert Motorsport), also in a BMW. He finished ahead of Nicolaj Rogivue in the Aust Audi R8 LMS. Lamborghini driver Tim Zimmermann still heads the standings. He took his maiden pole position in qualifying but had to settle for ninth place in the race.

In the Pirelli Trophy classification, Audi driver Filip Salaquarda took his fourth win of the year. Czech driver, Salaquarda, and team-mate Frank Stippler started the race in tenth place which is where they finished. A retrospective 15-second penalty for repeatedly exceeding track limits cost them two positions in the overall standings but did not affect the victory in class. The leader in the classification, fellow Audi driver Elia Erhart, was second this time out.

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