With high aims, a healthy dose of self-confidence and new faces, Team ABT Sportsline will start into the 2010 motorsport year next weekend (10/11 April).
The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will see the ADAC GT Masters, in which the Kempten-based squad will try to defend Christian Abt’s title with two Audi R8 LMS cars and the ATS Formula 3 Cup stage their season openers. After winning Formula ADAC, Daniel Abt will contest his first race in the German Championship for the Van Amersfoort Racing team, thus igniting the next stage of his still young career.
”After the long winter break, it goes without saying that we’re very excited about the first race weekend to start,” says Christian Abt. The reigning GT Masters Champion will switch to the pit wall this season to support the squad as team boss. “We’ve vigorously prepared for the challenges. Of course it’s hard to top a season like 2009 – still, we’ve got to continue shooting for victories.”
GT Masters: Kuba Giermaziak completes “Abt Young Guns”
Right in time for the season opener ABT Sportsline’s driver line-up has been completed: the Pole Kuba Giermaziak will partner with Jens Klingmann in the Audi R8 LMS designated as car number 2. The sister car – number one – will be driven by Luca Ludwig and Christopher Mies. The Kempten-based team will thus compete with the youngest squad of all time. The average age of the four young guns is below 20. “The statisticians are lucky that I’m no longer driving myself,” says 42-year-old Christian Abt with a smile. Looking at the new season, he feels no wistfulness, though: “We’ve definitely got one of the strongest line-ups in a field that is high-calibre anyway. It’s true that the temptation to take a gentleman driver with a budget into the team was high. But ABT Sportsline’s spirit has always been to fight for victories and titles. We’re extremely well set for that now.”
The races start on Saturday and Sunday at 12, respectively. kabel eins TV will air live broadcasts on both days starting at 11:45 a.m.
- ABT Sportsline