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Written By Joe Le Corre

After a scintillating Round 1, the OTL ACC GT3 Championship moved to Germany and the Nürburgring GP circuit. Heading into the event there was talk of how the ballast system would effect the result after 60 minutes of racing. It’s safe to say that the ballast system did jumble up the field a bit. So who were the biggest winners form the race at Nürburgring…

Adam Stephens

Adam Stephens bounced back after a slightly shaky Round 1, and bagged himself a P2 finish at the Nürburgring. Qualifying saw Stephens place himself third on the gird in his bright green Bentley. A strong opening lap put Adam in contention to challenge Sam Cholmondeley (Pictured on the right of the picture above) for the second step on the podium. By the start of lap 2, Stephens had shaped up a move on Cholmondeley and placed his Bentley on the inside of turn 1 to claim P2. From then onwards, it was a race of patience as Adam pounded round the 5.1 km circuit to cross the line and consolidate his 2nd position.

Tam Hamill

Right from the beginning of Round 1, Tam was looking to be one of the favourites for the Am class championship. Now that Round 2 has been and gone, a new challenge will be presented to Hamill. After two very strong finishes in the Am class, Tam is being promoted to the Pro class field. Unbeknownst to Tam, Round 2 would be his final race as an Am category driver. There was no better way to go out. Starting in P21, Tam kept out of trouble in the opening stages of the race. This care taken at the beginning would come back to reward Tam at the end, when he crossed the line P11 overall and first in class. This brilliant finishing position has placed Hamill P15 in the combined championship standings and grants his promotion to the Pro class. It will be interesting to see where Tam places himself within the Pro field once we hit the ground at Brands Hatch for Round 3.

Jonathan Atkinson

Spa was not a very happy place for JP. After a spin towards the end of the opening lap, he sat off-line on the F1 start straight. And then he was hit by a Lexus. Therefore, things could only get better for Atkinson in Round 2. Qualifying brought a yield of a P5 starting position, which put JP in a prime position to get right in the mix at T1. Atkinson spent most of the race stuck behind some idiot in a blue and red Audi, thus meaning he couldn’t show his true pace. After the pit stops, JP managed to jump the Audi and snatch P4. From then one it was just a cruise to the line to finalise the 4th place.

Mat Acton

Mat Acton must be feeling a bit ill since the start of Season 6, because he’s not in an Aston Martin. This season Acton has made the switch to the Mercedes AMG GT3 2020 and so far it has proved quite a fruitful switch. A P12 finish at the opening round set the stage for Acton’s season. Nürburgring saw Acton claim a very respectable P9, finishing ahead of some of the best drivers in this championship. If this momentum can be kept up, a top 10 position in the championship could be possible.

Martin Legg

An extremely testing Round 1 saw Legg finish in a lowly P43, but Round 2 would be a much better affair. Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan with Martin leaving 8 tenths on the table and getting a starting position of 27th. However, the race was much better for Legg and his new McLaren 720S GT3. By the time the flag dropped Legg crossed the line P20 overall thanks to a very calculated dive at turn 1 on Higgins. The main joy for Legg was a 3rd place finish in the Am class.

Driver Of The Race

The DOTR for this round proved that patience is key when it comes to racing in a pack of cars. They nailed their pitstop, which gained them a much desired position on track. The Driver Of The Race for Round 2 is Jonathan Atkinson!

Thank you very much for reading and make sure to join us for Round 3 on the 4th of February.