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Zakspeed have set themselves an ambitious target for 2018. This illustrious team sees itself as a championship contender as it goes into its 50th year. They will be fielding two Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars and have now secured the services of two-time champion Sebastian Asch and Luca Stolz as the first members of their four-driver squad.
The opening round of the ADAC GT Masters takes place on the weekend of 13th – 15th April at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.
“My father Roland also had memorable successes during his time with Zakspeed,” says Asch. “I’m eager to compete for the title again with Zakspeed. I’m glad to be back working with them.”
Luca Stolz is also full of anticipation for the new season. “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to be teaming up with such an illustrious outfit as Zakspeed to challenge for the 2018 ADAC GT Masters. Peter Zakowski and his guys always do such a great job. This year, we’ll be on a mission to win the title.”
Team boss Peter Zakowski is also clear about his ambition to lift the championship trophy: “Obviously, we intend to score race victories and to be in contention for the title. We last brought the title home to the Eifel in 2015, and we aim to do it again.”
An announcement regarding the two remaining seats for the team’s Mercedes-AMG GT3s is expected soon. Zakspeed are confident that they will have two equally competitive driver pairings.
The announcement of the Zakspeed return to ADAC GT Masters with a pair of Mercedes AMGs was a little unexpected. There was controversy at the Sachsenring round last year regarding non-homologated parts in the AMGs, and a statement from AMG Customer Racing distanced themselves from the event. One of the cars was even put up for sale.
Either way it appears it’s water under the bridge. The legendary Zakspeed name turns 50 this year, and they have a place to race. Good times.