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GRT victorious with Luca Engstler at the DTM season opener in Oschersleben

A perfect start to the season for Grasser Racing in the DTM at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Lamborghini Squadra Corse supported Team from Austria took part in the first competition of the year in the top-class GT3 series from 26 to 28 April. In front of 42,000 spectators on the race weekend, GRT provided a highlight on Sunday. With an impressive performance, Luca Engstler led the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 from Lamborghini Team LIQUI MOLY by GRT to a sensational victory in the second race. The Lamborghini Young Driver now leads the DTM drivers' standings after the first of eight race weekends. A determined fightback by Christian Engelhart in the golden TGI-Lamborghini rounded off the team result. In the ADAC GT Masters, the two GRT driver pairings experienced an instructive weekend.

GRT started the first of eight race weekends in the 2024 DTM season with a brand new driver duo on the 3.667-kilometre Oschersleben circuit. Lamborghini Factory Driver Christian Engelhart and Lamborghini Young Driver Luca Engstler showed promising form straight away in the first qualifying session, finishing seventh and tenth in the field of 20 DTM professionals. In Saturday's race, Engstler saw the chequered flag in eleventh place after a tough battle in the midfield and was rewarded with five points. Christian Engelhart was on course for a strong top 10 result until damage from a no-fault collision at the start cost him valuable time during the pit stop and robbed him of a well-deserved result.

Luca Engstler showed a steep form curve on his first race weekend with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2. In the second qualifying session, he put the number 19 car on the second row of the grid with a strong lap. The 24-year-old seamlessly continued this performance in the race and was in contention for the podium from the very first moment. A full-course yellow phase towards the halfway point of the race played into his hands. With the right strategy, he took the lead and withstood the pressure from his rival to the finish. Christian Engelhart fell short of his expectations in qualifying in 15th place. He was hampered by traffic on his first flying lap and was unable to realise his full potential. In the race, the 37-year-old achieved eighth place with a strong pace and great resilience, thus securing valuable championship points for the team.

Luca Engstler (GER)
#19 Lamborghini Team LIQUI MOLY by GRT
Qualifying 1: P10 - Race 1: P11
Qualifying 2: P4 - Race 2: P1

Luca Engstler: "I'm lost for words. It's an indescribable feeling, the likes of which I've never felt before in my life. I am proud of this success and indescribably grateful to all the people who have supported me along the way. My family, friends and partners who have made this possible, and of course Gottfried, his wife and the entire team who have provided me with such a fantastic car. Of course, we were a bit lucky with the race. At the front, I just tried to focus on myself and not make any mistakes. I'm very happy about the win and I'm happy to take it with me, but the season is still long and we still have a lot of work to do in the coming races. The Lamborghini is still a new car for me and I want to keep improving."

Christian Engelhart (GER)
#63 Lamborghini Team TGI by GRT
Qualifying 1: P7 - Race 1: P16
Qualifying 2: P15 - Race 2: P8

Christian Engelhart: "All in all, it was a good weekend for the team. Congratulations to Luca and the crew on this fantastic victory. Even though things didn't quite go to plan on my side of the garage, we also saw the potential on Sunday. The race pace and the comeback from 15th to 8th place were good proof of that. I could have done a lot better in Saturday's race. A competitor made contact with me on the left rear at the start. The wheel arch broke, which was a massive hindrance to the guys changing the tyres. We lost ten seconds as a result and dropped to the back of the field. But the bottom line is that there are a lot of positives that we can build on in the next races."

ADAC GT Masters
The first of six ADAC GT Masters races this season also got off to a promising start for Grasser Racing. Tim Zimmermann put the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 with starting number 63 in second place on the grid for Saturday's race. In the first stint, however, the 27-year-old was stopped in his fight for victory by a puncture. The unscheduled pit stop caused him to lose a lap and drop back to last place. With the second-fastest race lap, he and Benjamin Hites worked their way back up to eleventh place. Their team-mates also lacked the necessary luck. Taylor Hagler's debut in the ADAC GT Masters was over after just three laps. The 28-year-old American had to park the car with a technical problem.

In the second qualifying session, Benjamin Hites once again secured a good starting position on row two. Jannik Julius-Bernhart's first qualifying session in the ADAC GT Masters in the sister car also went well. The 19-year-old youngster just missed out on the top 10 in eleventh place. After an amendment of the balance of performance, Hites was unable to attack at the front. An error in communication cost him additional time during the pit stop phase. For Julius-Bernhart and Hagler, crossing the finish line in the second race meant valuable insights on their debut.

Benjamin Hites (CHI) / Tim Zimmermann (GER)
#63 GRT Grasser Racing Team
Qualifying 1: P2 - Race 1: P11
Qualifying 2: P4 - Race 2: P5

Tim Zimmermann: "We showed a lot of potential this weekend, but none of it was rewarded. In the first race, I suffered a puncture in the battle for victory. Unfortunately, things like that don't happen, and our luck just ran out at that moment. In the second race, we lost valuable time at the pit stop. Everyone makes a mistake from time to time. You have to straighten your crown, carry on and do better next time. Ultimately, I'm still happy with our performance. The pace and the lap times were right. A big thank you to the whole team. I'm already looking forward to the next race in Zandvoort."

Taylor Hagler (USA) / Jannik Julius-Bernhart (GER)
#19 GRT Grasser Racing Team
Qualifying 1: P15 - Race 1: DNF
Qualifying 2: P11 - Race 2: P14

Taylor Hagler: "It was great to be on the grid with GRT at the ADAC GT Masters season opener in Oschersleben. We made a lot of progress over the course of the weekend and continued to improve in the final laps of the race. The results didn't quite do justice to the hard work that everyone here in the team put into this weekend. But we will keep pushing to get the results we deserve."

Gottfried Grasser, Team Principal of GRT: "A huge compliment to Luca. We worked together here for the first race weekend and he immediately impressed us with his approach. He is so focussed and knows exactly where he wants to go. His determination and willpower made this victory possible. We had a very good car here and did everything right with the strategy. He gave it his all and it was very impressive how he defended the lead. To withstand such pressure at the level we have in the DTM today is something you don't see every day. I'm incredibly proud of the whole team. The pit stops were perfect, we worked hard and that's the reward. Christian also had a great pace. He deserved much more. In the end, he made the best of two difficult races for him. If luck is on his side next time, he'll be there, because that's how we know him. The same goes for our crew in the ADAC GT Masters. Benja and Tim were very unlucky on Saturday and in the second race the BoP was no longer very favourable for us. They still scored a few points, which is important for the championship. The pace is right and we will fight back. For Jannik and Taylor, the debut was a learning weekend. It was important for them to finish on Sunday and take the experience home with them. A big thank you to our friends at TGI, MOUNTAIN WOLF and RAVENOL for their fantastic support. We are over the moon to repay the great trust of our