GT4 victory at the Hockenheimring: Finn Gehrsitz is unstoppable
The German impressed in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 and secured victory in the Gran Turismo Cup (GTC), the international championship for GT and sports cars.
The success story continues undiminished: Finn Gehrsitz impressed last weekend with a strong performance and another race win in a GT4 car. The 16-year-old took the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 from Car Collection Motorsport in both the 60-minute endurance and 30-minute sprint race, which he won. This was already the third victory in 2020 for the young automobile racing rookie, who only received his racing license in September after his 16th birthday.
Prior to this, Gehrsitz had shone with a double victory in his debut at the wheel of a Porsche Cayman GT4 in the Porsche Super Sports Cup. The next challenge was the GTC event at the famous Hockenheimring. The experienced kart driver started the 30-minute race from the pole position and did not give up the lead. After a flawless run, Gehrsitz crossed the finish line about seven seconds ahead of Niklas Steinhaus.
In addition, a real dream came true for the 16-year-old from Stuttgart. He shared the track in the GTC with motorsport legends Bernd Schneider, Bernd Mayländer, Kenneth Heyer and Markus Winkelhock, who competed in the GT3 category. As a reminder: Schneider has contested nine Formula 1 races and won five DTM titles in his career – four of them in the era starting in 2000.
„On Friday we worked to get to know the car and adjust it to my needs,“ said Gehrsitz, who first had to get used to the Audi with its 500 horsepower. „We worked on the setup, which ultimately worked out well. Overall it was a great weekend, which I crowned with a victory in my class. It was a great experience to share the track with so many professionals.”
Racing is not only about highs, Gehrsitz experienced in the so-called Goodyear 60. In the 60-minute endurance race he shared the Audi with gentlemen driver Jürgen Vöhringer. Gehrsitz took over the car at the start, but on lap 15 he lost control of the Audi during a passing attempt. The car was freed from the gravel trap, which allowed the Stuttgart native to continue.
He and his team mate fought their way back to third place in the amateur classification after the setback, but were disqualified because the youngster was brought to the pits 28 seconds too early for the driver change by the team. With the victory in the sprint race, Gehrsitz managed to turn the tide and demonstrate his skills. For him this was the perfect end to the year: „Now I’m looking forward to the winter break, during which I will prepare for the 2021 season and concentrate on school.