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SOLID FIRST ADAC GT MASTERS WEEKEND FOR NICO VERDONCK

The brand new Lambda Ford GT GT3 proofed with P5 and P8 in the two GT Masters races in Oschersleben that the team managed to transform the motorsport legend Ford GT into a competitive race car in the strongest national GT Racing Series.

Both qualifying sessions for Nico and Frank were a little disappointing after some issues in the free practice which suffered our qualifying performance. However, we made the best out of it by achieving P11 in Q1 for Nico and P10 for Frank in Q2.

Nico's mega start in the first race on Saturday, gaining eight positions from P11 to P3 after the first corner, was the basis for the excellent fifth position in the wet race. Over the next nine laps Nico pushed the SLS in front of him but was not able to overtake the car with it's strong torque. His team mate Frank took over after a good pit stop and brought the car back home safely on a well deserved 5th position.

In race two, which was under dry and sunny conditions, Frank took a good but safe start. Historically, Oschersleben is a difficult track to overtake, which was proven today. Again, the team managed with a good pit stop and immediate action from Nico by overtaking the Schubert Z4 on the pit exit, to gain two positions. But it was hard to maintain the position over the next laps. At the final stage of the race, another strong SLS was catching quickly but Nico defended well and finished with more points on P8.

"Overall I'm delighted with the solid points we scored. However, we lacked some performance to fight with the front running cars in the dry. We, as a team worked hard over the weekend to improve our Ford GT, but still have a lot of work to do. Next race in two weeks at my home track in Spa will be very interesting where I hope to see my fans to support our team", said Nico after the race.

After this first race weekend, Nico and Frank hold 8th place in the ADAC GT MASTERS championship.