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Headline:Match point for ALPINA drivers Margaritis and LunardiDate:27/09/2011
Source:The ALPINA Register   (Click Here for more details).News
   
Review:Match point for ALPINA drivers Margaritis and Lunardi

The BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 is one of the most successful cars in the ADAC GT Masters history and won eight races of the ultra-competitive German series since 2009. This weekend, ALPINA drivers Alexandros Margaritis (GR) and Dino Lunardi (F) can add a further chapter to the success story of the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3. The former DTM driver and the French sports-car-ace have a match point, when they enter the ADAC GT Masters finales at Hockenheim in their BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 run by the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler with a solid 28 point championship lead.

The starting position for the eights and final race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season 2011 looks promising for Margaritis and Lunardi. At the penultimate round in the Netherlands, the championship leaders took their third victory of the season and a seventh place finish. “After the good result in Assen, we can start in Hocken- heim without success ballast”, Dino Lunardi explains. “This and our good lead in the championship is a very good basis for the last two rounds.” Starting at the Formula 1 track in Hockenheim without success ballast has never been more important, not only because it’s the final race weekend, but the ADAC GT Masters expects it’s most competitive grid so far with more than 40 cars, featuring ten different brands, including for example Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes AMG and Corvette.

“It looks good that we can take the championship victory, but we can’t be safe yet”, Margaritis said before the title deciding two races in Hockenheim. “We have a solid lead and Hockenheim should be a good track for our BMW ALPINA. But the last couple of races have shown that still a lot can happen.” There are several mathematical possibilities for the two BMW ALPINA drivers to win the championship. When they finish minimum fourth in both races, they won the championship, regardless where their closest pursuers, Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck in a Lamborghini Gallardo and Christopher Mies in an Audi R8, entered by the Audi-DTM-factory team Abt, will finish. The easiest way to decide the championship would of course be to finish both races ahead of their pursuers. If Margaritis/Lunardi maintain their 28 point lead in Saturday’s race, they would be automatically crowned as new champions.

In the second BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 of the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler, Florian Spengler is joined by a new teammate for the final round of the season. Andrei Romanov from Russia, a participant of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and former team-mate of Spengler in the ADAC PROCAR touring car series, will join the ADAC GT Masters at Hockenheim. The LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler has also very good chances to claim the team championship. Currently the team from Bavaria is second in the team standings, only nine points behind the Lamborghini Team Reiter.

Andreas Bovensiepen, ALPINA managing director and head of motorsport, is opti- mistic before the final two races of the season. “Our starting position for the last two races is very promising, but we have to be aware that our competitors got stronger and stronger during the last races, which will make it more difficult for us. It will be thrilling until the last lap, but that will be perfect for the spectators.”

Both ADAC GT Masters races from Hockenheim will be broadcasted live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by kabel eins on Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 hours. The pan-European motorsport channel Motors TV will air both races on a delayed base Tuesday, 4th October at 21:00 hours (CET) with several repetitions the following days.

Broadcasting time Kabel eins:
Saturday, Sunday:
1st October 2011 from 11:45
2nd October 2011 from 11:45

Broadcasting time Sport 1:
Saturday, 8th October 2011 13:30 - 14:30 ADAC Masters Weekend Magazin

Broadcasting time MOTORS TV:
Tuesday, 4th October 2011 from 21:00 (CET)

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