Podium for AVIA W&S Motorsport at the ADAC GT4 Germany weekend at the Nürburgring
Ofterdingen/Nürburg: The fourth race weekend of the ADAC GT4 Germany was held at the legendary Nürburgring from 5 to 7 August 2022. On the Grand Prix circuit, which was opened in 1984, with its 3.6-kilometre sprint variant, W&S Motorsport entered the two Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport in the one-hour races. The drivers of the AVIA Cayman GT4 #31, Nicolaj Møller Madsen and Finn Zulauf, celebrated third place in Saturday's race and claimed their first and long-awaited podium finish of the season. The young German also claimed victory in the Junior Trophy. On Sunday, the duo collected important points and finished eighth. Max Kronberg and Hendrik Still in the Cayman GT4 #30 drove two strong races, which unfortunately remained unrewarded in the end.
The foundation for success in Saturday's race was laid by Nicolaj Møller Madsen in qualifying on Saturday morning. He put the AVIA Cayman GT4 #31 on the front row of the 31 car field with second place. After the start, the fast Dane showed his skills at the wheel and maintained this position with a strong pace until the driver change. Finn Zulauf then followed this up with a gripping duel with the pursuer in the last ten minutes of the one-hour race. He crossed the finish line in a strong third place and also took victory in the Junior Trophy.
On Sunday, Zulauf started the second race from ninth position. Due to the fierce battles in the midfield and resulting contacts, the geometry of the vehicle was no longer in order and no fast lap times were possible. Running in the midfield, he handed over the AVIA Cayman GT4 #31 to Møller Madsen, who finished eighth in the points and, as on the previous day, as the best Porsche car.
In the W&S Motorsport Cayman GT4 #30, Max Kronberg took up the first race from the ninth row. The German from Berlin was involved in numerous duels but managed to make up positions before handing over the Porsche to Hendrik Still. The experienced racer also gained positions and finished Saturday's race in twelfth place. Still then put the Cayman on the front row of the grid as the fastest Porsche on Sunday and led the pack. After a tough fight for positions, he handed over the car to Kronberg, who was on course for the podium and was able to hold his own. Due to a technical problem, however, he retired in the last minutes of the race and the duo's excellent performance remained unrewarded.
Quotes after the race
Daniel Schellhaas, Team Principal W&S Motorsport: "That we finally made it to the podium after a long dry spell was fantastic and the reward for all our hard work. Both cars had great pace in all sessions. The retirement on Sunday in no way diminishes the performance of the drivers here. The very good trend is clearly visible and makes us confident for the rest of the season."
Nicolaj Møller Madsen, Driver #31: "Finally we got to celebrate the well-deserved podium with the whole team, as W&S Motorsport has been doing a superb job all season. During the tough battles on Sunday there were some contacts and the car was out of balance. So we are happy that we could still take points because our pace was very good. I am very sorry for the sister car's retirement. They drove a strong race and the team did a brilliant job again. Maybe we will finally manage a double podium in the further course of the season. Thanks also to the team for a nice and successful weekend with my friends from Denmark who were our guests at the Nürburgring."
Hendrik Still, Driver #30: "We are very well positioned with both cars and always among the best Porsches. We just missed my big goal of starting from pole position. Sunday's race was very difficult. Unfortunately, we were in a good position and, as in Spa, had to retire the car with a technical problem and sort out the fault again afterwards. Now we look forward to the remaining races with confidence. The engineers, mechanics and all the drivers are doing a great job and that has to be rewarded further."
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