Aidan Read this week heads to Hockenheim, Germany for the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters Championship. Currently third in the Masters Junior Classification, The Australian racer once again teams up with Marvin Dienst in the #36 Schütz Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The 4.474 km circuit is familiar to Aidan and comes off the back of his debut at the rather longer Nürburgring Nordschleife last weekend.
The aim for Aidan is to gain his Grade A Permit to compete in 24 Hour races in GT3 machinery at the Nordschleife. In order to comply, he took part in last weekend’s VLN6 race at the wheel of a Purple Dot Performance prepared BMW M240i Racing Cup car. Aidan managed to complete seven laps in very difficult wet conditions and return to the series for VLN9 in October aiming to add the remaining laps required to obtain his licence.
“It was a fantastic experience at the Nordschleife, even if we had pretty atrocious weather conditions,” Aidan explained. “I completed my stint without any issues, and it was just a tremendous experience. Unfortunately, there are many factors beyond my control, and we were not able to finish the race, so I’ll return for VLN9 with just 11 laps to complete to satisfy the requirements.
“It is a long process, but given the nature of the circuit, it is an essential one. The circuit is fantastic – it’s like driving through the countryside on a tarmac rally! I adapted to the track well and I look forward to returning later in the season.”
Aidan is back in action this weekend at Hockenheim in the now-familiar Mercedes-AMG GT3 and unlike most events this year, he does have experience of the Hockenheim circuit having raced in the DMV category earlier in the season. The aim is to ensure strong finishes and with the Silver-Silver multiplier giving him 1.5 points per point, the race is most definitely on the championship.
“The multiplier should help us against some of our rivals who run Gold and Platinum drivers,” Aidan continued. “Having raced there should benefit me too and it’s a special weekend for the Schütz Motorsport team as it’s their local track and they all live in the region. Overall, it is all looking promising, the weather is expected to be favourable so I’m excited to get started.”