Clemens Schmid has become the first Austrian to compete for the GRT Grasser Racing Team in the ADAC GT Masters since the 2016 season. On his comeback in the Super Sports Car League, the 29-year-old from Steinach am Brenner will be sharing the cockpit of the number 19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO with Niels Lagrange. Schmid first entered the ADAC GT Masters in 2010. He also contested races in the 2015 and 2018 seasons, making two podium appearances in this highly competitive GT3 series.
Schmid, who names Jochen Rindt as his great role model, first ventured into motorsport at the tender age of nine. After graduating from the karting circuit, his main area of focus was sprint and endurance racing in sports cars. Schmid has a wide range of experience in different makes of car and competitions, including the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East in which he twice won the title.
Clemens Schmid: “I am very happy to be joining one of the most successful GT teams of the last few years and am impatient for the start of the season. During the winter, I was looking for the best option for this year and decided to get in touch with Gottfried Grasser. We quickly came to an agreement. The switch from the Audi, which I drove most recently, to the Lamborghini shouldn’t be difficult. The cars are similar in terms of chassis and engine. Gottfried was also of the opinion that I would soon feel at home.”
Schmid’s co-driver Lagrange is a former winner of the 24 Hours of Zolder and most recently competed in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. The 28-year-old Belgian will be making his ADAC GT Masters debut in 2020. The season opener will be hosted by Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on the weekend of 24th – 26th April. The second stop on the itinerary is Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic. The ADAC GT Masters will then visit the Red Bull Ring, not far from the home of GRT Grasser Racing Team. After a summer break, the series resumes at the Nürburgring. Next comes Circuit Zandvoort which has undergone an extensive upgrade to bring it up to Formula 1 standard. The final two fixtures of the 2020 season will be hosted by the Hockenheimring and the Sachsenring.
Source. GRT Grasser Racing