The motorsport season enters the home stretch. Christopher haase from kirchleus is letting it roll out slowly and is already looking back on a successful 2018: "it was a good season overall, i’m satisfied." Most recently, audi and the carcollection team used him in the long-distance race at the nurburgring – as a test driver, so to speak. The 31-year-old was able to drive the brand-new audi R8 LMS evolution, which will be used in the GT3 races in 2019, for the first time in a race.
"The differences from the previous R8 LMS lie primarily in the aerodynamics", haase explains. The even more streamlined front spoiler is particularly eye-catching. But because the new car has not yet been tested and approved by the organizers, haase and his teammate, DTM driver jamie green, had to start from the back of the grid in the SPX class, just like the new aston martin. In addition, all SPX cars were given an extra 20 seconds at each of the three pit stops.
Despite the handicap, haase and green drove at the 50. Barbarossa prize over a four-hour race distance to fifth place. "It was a good debut for the new car. The nurburgring is the ideal place to put a car through its paces, says the kirchleuser.
13th place in the ADAC GT masters
In the ADAC GT masters, christopher haase shared the cockpit of an audi R8 LMS of the berlin-based BWT mucke team with 18-year-old youngster ricardo feller from switzerland this season. Both finished the series in 13th place after 14 races with 45 points. The title went to porsche drivers mathieu jaminet (france) and robert renauer (germany), who each collected 137 points. At the season finale at the hockenheimring, haase/feller finished 5th and 12th out of 27 teams. In the first race, haase fought spectacularly for a long time for third place, but then fell behind because his two competitors were in the middle of a championship battle. And in the second race, haase/freller started from only 26th place after a qualifying lottery but made up 14 places.
"With 12th place we have shown that we are fighters and never give up", said haase. In the ADAC GT masters team classification, the mucke racing team finished 5th out of 21.
At the end of october, haase and markus winkelhock will contest the final race of the intercontinental GT challenge at laguna seca in the u.S.A. In this series, both are currently in 3rd place.