The closed season is over and the four Lambos are already chomping at the bit. GRT Grasser Racing Team will be embarking on a milestone season for them in the ADAC GT Masters this weekend, May 14th-16th, when the opening round in this year’s Super Sports Car League kicks off at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Austrian outfit is celebrating its tenth anniversary in the GT3 series this year and to mark the event, will field a large contingent of drivers in the fight for the title in the International German GT Championship.
The outfit managed by Team Principal Gottfried Grasser will field four Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVOs in the ADAC GT Masters for the first time ever. This boost in numbers is an unambiguous declaration of intent. It is hoped that his squad of top drivers can build on a fine set of stats that includes ten wins and 14 pole positions and bring success in their bid to win the title. GRT Grasser Racing’s line-up features three works drivers in all and two juniors from Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
The team took part in official pre-season testing three weeks ago at Oschersleben where they honed their skills in readiness for the upcoming season. The 2021 ADAC GT Masters calendar will again feature seven race meetings. Coming soon after the Oschersleben opener, the highlight of the season will be next up for GRT Grasser Racing when races three and four take place at the Red Bull Ring (June 11th-13th) just a few kilometres away from the team’s base in Knittelfeld.
After their home fixture, the second race weekend outside of Germany’s borders is then scheduled to take place at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. More events at world-famous well-established race tracks are also on the calendar. Drivers and teams will head first to the Nürburgring and then to the Lausitzring and Sachsenring as the summer draws to a close. The final round will take place towards the end of October at the Hockenheimring. GRT Grasser Racing with their eight top class drivers are well prepared for the fray.
GRT Grasser Racing Team field drivers certain to succeed and gain fresh impetus
Italy’s Mirko Bortolotti has enjoyed great success over many years and will be back with GRT Grasser Racing in car number 63. He has taken six wins with the team so far in the ADAC GT Masters. He will share the cockpit with Spain’s Albert Costa Balboa, who made his Germany debut during the 2020 season. The two GT3 professionals are the same age, 31, and will partner each other for the first time. Talent and experience are perfectly combined in the pair of them.
37-year-old Franck Perera from France is the third Lamborghini works driver in the squad at the wheel of the #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. He is set to rejoin his team-mate from 2019, Swiss driver Rolf Ineichen, who will be starting his sixth season for GRT Grasser Racing. The duo finished tenth overall in the standings two years ago. Both of these ace racing drivers have the potential to produce amazing results.
The two sets of lead pairings made up of four very experienced drivers are complemented by members of GRT Grasser Racing’s equally strong junior squad. 24-year-old German driver Tim Zimmermann and 26-year-old Steijn Schothorst from the Netherlands will go on the attack again in car number 82. They are both from Lamborghini’s junior squad and were sensational during their debut season in 2020, taking no less than three pole positions. As a well-practised duo, they will be gunning for their maiden victory in the ADAC GT Masters.
Another new driver pairing completes the outfit’s line-up in the fourth Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. Clemens Schmid will be commencing his second season for GRT Grasser Racing in car number 16. The 30-year-old from Tyrol will partner the only new addition to the team this season, 21-year-old Mike David Ortmann from Berlin, who will go racing in the Lamborghini for the first time in four years of competing in the ADAC GT Masters. He is also the team’s youngest driver.
Team Principal Gottfried Grasser: “We’ve been waiting long enough now and are itching to get started in the 2021 ADAC GT Masters. With four cars on the grid, it’s going to be an amazing challenge that we are really keen to tackle. It makes me immensely proud that we’ve been able to put together such incredibly strong driver pairings with support from Lamborghini and our partners. We’re expecting a lot from the season ahead. Our goal is to fight for victories right from the start and be top title contenders. We feel good after the test drives at Oschersleben. We learned a great deal there and are well prepared. This circuit should suit the Lamborghini really well and I can’t wait to discover what lies in store for us.”
Source. GRT Grasser Racing/Photo. Axel Weichert