- After two season wins and further top results in the ADAC GT Masters 2020 SSR SSR Performance GmbH holds second place in the team and driver standings
- Stefan Schlund, Managing Director SSR Performance GmbH: “We have to continue to score strongly with consistent performances in the ADAC GT Masters 2020.”
- Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart continue to prove with the right team spirit that they are working very well together
Munich, 14 October 2020 – After a combative performance by Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart at the last round of the ADAC GT Masters 2020 at the Sachsenring, the SSR Performance GmbH team maintains second place in the driver and team standings of the demanding GT series. At the Red Bull Ring in Styria/ Austria, races nine and ten are on the program of the seven-race weekend championship.
The experienced GT racing drivers Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart, who take turns at the steering wheel of the up to 550 hp SSR Porsche 911 GT3 R on the weekends of the ADAC GT Masters, are in second place in the ADAC GT Masters 2020 after eight races. “With the previous two season wins and a second and fourth, they have already proven their class. What I’m just as happy about is the great fighting performance in the second heat at the Sachsenring, when they moved up from starting position 18 to sixth place,” emphasizes Stefan Schlund, Managing Director of SSR Performance GmbH from Munich.
Michael Ammermüller is looking forward to the upcoming race weekend: “The track in Spielberg suits me, I’ve been on the podium quite often in the Porsche Supercup there, I hope I’ll be able to do that in the ADAC GT Masters as well. In any case, I am confident that with the SSR Porsche 911 GT3 R we have a really good car.” Christian Engelhart
adds: “I really like the Red Bull Ring, it’s just a great track. I’ve always got on really well there over the past few years and drove my first GT Masters race in a Porsche at the Red Bull Ring and won it right away – I’d like to build on that! ”
German tv station Sport1 broadcasts the races live on Saturday (17 October) and Sunday (18 October) from 1:00 p.m. As a service for fans, SSR Performance offers an exclusive online shop (www.ssr-performance.de/shop).
Fun on the race track – track days with professional support
Everybody, who wants to enjoy pure racing feeling, is invited to the track days of SSR Performance GmbH. Experienced racing professionals like Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart are assisting as instructors. Thanks to the comprehensive support at the race track, the customer can fully concentrate on driving. The Track days starts at the Red Bull Ring. Guests who have booked the GT Masters package will experience races 9 and 10 of the thrilling racing series from October 16-18 as guests of the SSR Performance Team at the Red Bull Ring. After the race weekend, the Track Day will take place on October 19, and the return journey is planned for the following day. If you only want to experience Track Day in a very compact way, you can arrive on October 18 and join the event program.
Championship standings after 8 of 14 rounds:
- Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser, 113 points each
- Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart, 104 points each
- Maro Engel and Luca Stolz, 97 points each
- Robert Rennauer and Sven Müller, 89 points each
- Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor, 72 points each
- Max Hofer and Christopher Haase, 70 points each
- Rutronik Racing, 115 points
- SSR Performance, 111 points
- Toksport WRT, 102 points
- Team WRT, 96 points
- Precote Herberth Motorsport, 96 points
- Montaplast by Land Motorsport, 83 points
The young and dynamic, Munich based SSR Performance GmbH was founded by a motorsport and car enthusiast. The exclusive car conversion company had an exciting start into the year 2020. After moving into a new high-performance automotive centre in the north of the Bavarian capital, where six floors with around 10,000 square metres of usable area are available, SSR Performance’s motorsport division is competing the ADAC GT Masters 2020. During the two-race format weekends of ADAC GT Masters, the fast and proven GT-racers Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart share the cockpit of the up to 550-horse power strong SSR Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“For us, this high-profile race series is the best possible showcase to demonstrate our competence in motorsports and sports cars,” says Stefan Schlund, CEO of the SSR Performance GmbH. Michael Cap, Head of Motorsports & Events adds: “We are happy to have with Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart two extremely fast and experienced GT-specialists driving for our team.” Wolfgang Hatz is the Team Director of SSR Performance for ADAC GT Masters season.
For the SSR Performance GmbH, motorsport is an essential part of its DNA. The company has already made itself a name with building, enhancing and optimizing sports and classic cars and now takes on the challenge of the ADAC GT Masters 2020.
At a glance: Michael Ammermüller
In 2007, today 34 years old Michael Ammermüller was very close to landing a seat in Formula One. But when he broke his scaphoid, this dream went down the drain – and a certain Sebastian Vettel was signed by Toro Rosso. But to give up was never an option for Ammermüller. He put his focus on GT racing. In 2008, he made his debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup, in 2012 followed by ADAC GT Masters. After two second places in the German Porsche series in 2014 and 2018, he started to shine in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He dominated the series in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and set a title hat trick. Ammermüller lives in Rotthalmünster in the very south of Germany in Bavaria.
At a glance: Christian Engelhart
33 years old Christian Engelhart from Starnberg started his motorsport career in kart racing, before he competed in the German Formula BMW series and had two successful years in the Austrian Touring Car Championship. Then, he changed to GT sports and entered the German Porsche Carrera Cup, becoming three times vice champion. In 2012, his first full season in the ADAC GT Masters, he finished third overall. In 2017, Engelhart became champion of the Blancpain GT Series, two years later he came second in ADAC GT Masters. In his career, the professional GT race driver and driving coach achieved 43 victories and 166 podium positions. Among his career highlights are, besides the title wins in the Blancpain GT and GT Endurance Championship, victories at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and the 24 hours races in Dubai and Zolder.
At a glance: Wolfgang Hatz
Just in time before the season’s start, the young and promising motorsport team of SSR Performance GmbH could secure the services of one of the most experienced top-managers in motorsports. Wolfgang Hatz is not only the mastermind behind the successful Porsche LMP1 projects, which led to three victories at the legendary 24 hours race in Le Mans and three World Endurance Championships in a row. He also collected in other motorsport categories up to Formula One vast experience and multiple successes. From 1983 up to 1989 Hatz worked as an engineer for research and development in the powertrain department of BMW and was responsible as project leader for the development of the legendary M3 engine S14. After that, he joined Porsche and until 1993 led the Formula One development. After several leading positions with different car manufactures, he returned to Porsche in 2011 as Board Member for Research and Development and led the LMP1 program of the Stuttgart based brand.
For its maiden ADAC GT Masters season, the young team of SSR Performance can rely on the support of the experienced specialists from Manthey Racing.
At a glance: The drivers of SSR Performance for the ADAC GT Masters 2020
Driver: Michael Ammermüller Driver: Christian Engelhart
Born: 14/02/1986 Born: 13/12/1986
Age: 34 Age: 33
Lives in: Rotthalmünster (DEU) Lives in: Starnberg (DEU)
At a glance: The SSR PORSCHE 911 GT3 R 991.2
Based on the 991.2 series, Porsche developed the 911 GT3 R for GT racing. Compared to the successful predecessor, the model features even more advanced aerodynamics and kinematics. The six-cylinder boxer engine with a displacement of 4.0 litres delivers up to 550 hp, depending on the respective race series’ rules. The power is transferred to the rear wheels by a six-speed gearbox operated by paddle shifters. The car weighs in at 1,235 kgs.
The calendar of the ADAC GT Masters 2020
31 July – 02 August: ADAC GT Lausitzring (D)
14 – 16 August: ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring (D)
18 – 20 September: ADAC GT Masters Hockenheim (D)
02 – 04 October: ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring (D)
16 – 18 October: ADAC GT Masters Red Bull Ring (A)
30 October – 01 November: ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort (NL)
06 – 08 November: ADAC GT Masters Oschersleben (D)
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