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ADAC GT Masters champion Christian Engelhart looks back at his season

Starnberg, 01-11-2021

The 2020 season marked a new beginning with a move from Lamborghini to Porsche for Christian Engelhart. The planning for the season focused on competing in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and in the “league of super sports cars,” the ADAC GT Masters. The 24 Hours of Nürburgring and various races to prepare for the Nürburgring Endurance Series were also on the agenda. That also entailed getting to know three new, different teams for whom the GT3 professional lined up for the first time in 2020. Christian’s car was also new for him: It was his first time behind the wheel of the Porsche 991-II GT3 R.

Christian performed well on the North Loop course and was able to cross the line safely in 11th spot overall in the legendary 24 Hours of Nürburgring in the Falken Porsche, which is immensely popular among the fans, despite the very extreme weather conditions.

Driving for Dinamic Motorsport in the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, he captured a podium and took victory in the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. His third-place finish in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup crowned his strong performance in the year.

He won the title in the ADAC GT Masters with SSR to put the icing on the cake of a successful 2020 motor racing season.

Christian can thus boast a notable haul of successes in GT sport coupled with consistency at the very highest level over many years. Since 2013, the pilot from Starnberg has finished in the top three in a championship every year and, in recent years, has won the two major European GT3 championships, the GT World Challenge and ADAC GT Masters. He has also captured victory in various prestigious endurance races, including the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

And speaking of consistency: Christian finished all of his 23 races in 2020 – a truly notable record given that he was on the track a total of 91 hours.

Christian noted: “All in all, 2020 was another very successful motor racing year. But it wasn’t as easy and simple as it might seem now looking back after a while. I faced a completely fresh challenge at the turn of the year: a new car, new teams and new teammates. I believe that the effort every single one of us put in paid off when you look at the results. The spirit behind the scenes was full of enjoyment, resolve and cooperation among everyone involved – in what was a tough and unusual season, to boot!”