24 September, 2018

The final round of the ADAC GT Masters season, which took place in Germany, came to an end yesterday. The race situated in the region of Baden-Wurttemberg, just north of Stuttgart, at the circuit in Hockenheim held the 7th round of the prestigious GT championship.

Caldarelli qualified in P22 on Saturday, but the #63 car was dropped to the back of the grid for Race 1 due to the stewards decision and penalty from Sachsenring. Caldarelli made a clear start and immediately took the fight. From the last place on the grid, he steadily progressed and put the car up to P17 before the compulsory pit-stop on lap 19. When Bortolotti took over, he gained five more positions and steered the #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 car up into P13.
Bortolotti started the final race of the season in P19. He impressively moved up to 8th place, showing clear intentions from the start. When the chequered flag waved in Race 2, Caldarelli crossed the line in P9 after completing 31 laps.

The next race for the Orange1 Team GRT takes place in Barcelona just 4 days away, and the final race of the Blancpain GT Series calendar in 2018.

Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (ORANGE1 by GRT Grasser) #63 (Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli)
Race 1: 13rd (1:43.318), 36 laps
Race 2: 9
th (1:41.140), 31 laps

Mirko Bortolotti: “It’s not the best of weekends with a P13 and P9 finish. Qualifying for me was very unfortunate as we switched to slicks a bit too late and missed out on the final lap. Never-the-less we made the most of it in the races, I had some fun storming through the field and we finished ninth in Race 2. I’d like to thank Grasser Racing and Orange 1 for their hard work and faith in this year’s GT Masters Season, as well as Andrea who I had fun to share the car with.”

Andrea Caldarelli: “It was a tough weekend for us. We had a bad Qualification that compromised all the results this weekend and the penalties we got from last weekend did not help to get the best result. We did make two strong recovery races gaining a lot of positions even though it was not the result we expected this weekend.”

Gottfried Grasser, Team GRT Owner: “The weekend was good. Second place today was quite a fine result with car #82. Car #63 struggled a little bit to get the right pace in Qualifying and to then create a good race, but anyway they did a mega job in Race 2 – from P19 to P9, which is really good. It was a good race today and we scored a podium. Now we are looking forward to the final race in Barcelona.”

Armando Donazzan, Orange1 President: Our first Adac GT Masters Season has come to an end. A season that was certainly difficult but that has given us the chance to test ourselves positively. I am happy with the result and also with the great teamwork. And now the Blancpain final in Barcelona is waiting for us “