Ricky Collard back on the podium in the ADAC GT Masters
After victory at the season-opener in Oschersleben (GER), the BMW Team Schnitzer once again reached the podium at the third race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters. Local favourite Philipp Eng (AUT) and BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) celebrated a third-place finish in the first race at the Red Bull Ring (AUT).
Collard had driven in qualifying and also started the fifth race of the season with the BMW M6 GT3 in Spielberg (AUT). The BMW Motorsport Junior showed his class to improve by one position in the early phase of the race. He was one of the first from the leading group to make a pit stop. Collard handed the car over to his team-mate Eng in fourth place.
The BMW Team Schnitzer briefly fell back to eighth place after all the drivers had completed their pit stops. However, Eng battled back and moved up several positions with some impressive manoeuvres. The race was interrupted eleven minutes before the end as a car had come to a halt in the middle of the start-finish straight after an accident. Eng made his decisive overtaking move just a few minutes after the restart and claimed third place after another outstanding display of driving skill. After an incident just before the end of the race, the Safety Car made another appearance. The race was not restarted again, confirming the second podium success of the current season for the BMW Team Schnitzer. The duo Eng/Collard claimed fifth position in the second race of the weekend to defend their second place in the overall standings.