The Haupt Racing Team enjoyed a strong fifth round of the DTM at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Maximilian Götz finished third in the Sunday race to claim another podium in the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the pink BWT livery. Vincent Abril, in the #5 car sporting the full blue and yellow livery of team partner Bilstein, came home eighth to score more valuable points.
- Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4: Maximilian Götz finishes third to claim a place on the podium
- Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #5: Two top-ten finishes for Vincent Abril in Spielberg
- Götz closes to within 16 points of the championship leader
After Sunday’s 20-minute qualifying, Max Götz (GER) in the pink and blue #4 BWT Mercedes-AMG GT3 started the one-hour race from fourth on the grid, with team-mate Vincent Abril (MCO) in eighth place in the yellow and blue #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Götz finished third and again took his place on the podium, courtesy of a good team strategy and early pit stops – the fastest and third fastest tyre changes in the entire field. Vince Abril defended fifth position throughout the race and gave his pursuers no chance to overtake. He finished the race in eighth place due to a 5-second penalty in the top-10.
The 5th DTM event of the season, at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, was a successful one for Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, with two podiums and another two top-ten finishes. HRT rider Götz picked up a total of 33 points, while team-mate Abril scored six points for himself and his team. At the end of the weekend, Götz lies third in the Drivers’ Championship, having cut the gap to the current championship leader to 16 points.
After the impressive outing in Spielberg, the team from Meuspath now heads to Assen (NL) for round six of the DTM in two weeks’ time.
Maximilian Götz, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4
“I am very happy with third place. We simply could not have done any better today. We showed that we are the fastest Mercedes AMG GT3. We have definitely made up ground on the leader in the overall standings, although we unfortunately dropped into third place. The team did a superb job. We will push hard again in Assen.”
Vince Abril, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #5
“I am happy with my performance today. I was able to defend my position in the pack and have finished in the top-ten twice this weekend. I am already looking forward to the race in Assen in a fortnight.”
Uli Fritz, Managing Director Haupt Racing Team GmbH
“First of all, I would like to thank the whole HRT team: thanks to a strong team performance we had a successful DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring, where not only the drivers did a great job, but also the pit crew showed incredibly fast and constant pit stops. We were able to collect valuable points. We can build on this and look forward to the next races in Assen.”
HRT stands for HAUPT RACING TEAM. Formed in July 2020 by racing driver and entrepreneur Hubert Haupt, the team enjoys success in GT3 racing. HRT lines up with extended works support from Mercedes-AMG in many of the team's outings. The outings and cars are prepared in Meuspath, not far from the Nürburgring. HRT also has its own eSPORTS team in the professional sim racing sector and is a sought-after partner for motorsport events of all sorts. HRT can call on a host of experts with a wealth of motorsport and engineering experience, which the diverse motorsport company leverages when implementing technical development projects for and with its partners. The headquarters of Haupt Racing Team GmbH is Grünwald near Munich. The team owner is racing driver and businessman Hubert Haupt. As well as motorsport, Haupt is primarily known as a successful property developer. With his Immobilien Holding company, he implements high-quality living and building concepts in southern Germany – from innovative buildings to complete districts.