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GT World Challenge: Successful conclusion to the season for Christian Engelhart on the Circuit Paul Ricard

Le Castellet, 11-15-2020

10th place in the finale of the GT World Challenge, the Paul Ricard 1000 km, was enough for Christian Engelhart and his teammates Sven Müller and Matteo Cairoli to secure third spot in the drivers’ championship of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup in a fiercely competitive GT3 field. As a result, Christian has finished the 2020 season with another top result after winning the title in the ADAC GT Masters.

Christian Engelhart was one of the pilots still in contention for the title in the late autumnal conditions at the finale of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup on the high-speed Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Going into the event as championship leader, his goal together with the Porsche Team of Dinamic Motorsport was clear. However, the situation in the table was tight and so there were numerous contenders – and a close battle was to ensue.

The qualifying again illustrated how evenly matched the field is. On the just under six-kilometer track, the Dinamic Porsche finished 1.5 seconds behind the fastest car, but that was only enough for 26th position on the grid – a sobering result, but there was still the chance to make amends over the race distance of 1,000 kilometers.

“Unfortunately, we lacked speed right from the first training session. We worked hard with the engineers to find the cause and rectify it. We then had a somewhat better setup for the race and gave our all to achieve the best under these circumstances.”

The situation ahead of the race held out hopes for a big motor racing spectacle – and it lived up to those expectations. In particular, the Porsche team of Dinamic Motorsport was the center of attention in what proved to be a thrilling race. The Italian outfit with its three pilots coped magnificently with the challenge of moving up the field from 26th spot. After an error-free performance, it finally managed to make up 16 places and so cross the line in 10th.

That result meant Christian, the two other pilots in his team and Dinamic Motorsport were able to celebrate third place in the overall standings in their first season together – a more than respectable accomplishment on their debut.

“It’s a superb success for us and a great finish to the 2020 season for me personally. I’m over the moon and proud to have driven with Porsche again in the 2020 season,” was how Christian summed up his final weekend in a hugely successful and challenging season.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my partners, sponsors and, of course, Porsche, Dinamic Motorsport and my teammates for the magnificent spirit with which we worked together this year.”