The German Touring Series racers arrived at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga., to find spring had finally arrived as well, bringing with it perfect temperatures, quite a bit of sunshine and a veiled threat of rain on Sunday.
Both days had tight races for the top spots in GTS1 and GTS2 during the Lightning races. Rafael Torres and John Torgerson battled for the top spot in GTS2 both days with Rafael taking the wins, albeit by just seconds on Sunday, with Robert Lutz taking the final spot on the podium in his BMW 325is. Saturday’s GTS1 battle was hotly contested. John Mock in his Porsche 944 and Thomas Crookston in a Volkswagen GTI swapped the lead early with Mock getting the advantage leaving a three-way battle for second between Crookston, Sam Adams in his BMW 325is, and Lynn Wike in a Volkswagen Scirocco. Wike had to retire due to a mechanical issue and Adams made a late pass stick on Crookston to take second place.
On Sunday the battle was between Mock, Adams and Crookston. Mock had qualified first but Adams and Crookston soon ran him down and the battle commenced, with Adams finally making the pass on Mock on lap 14. Mock fought to get back around Adams but Adams was able to hold him off winning in a virtual photo finish.
In the Thunder Group, Brendan Digel and his 1979 BMW 535, affectionately know as “The Sled,” made a long-awaited return and took the win in GTS4 and second overall in Thunder on Saturday. Drew Ewing took the win in GTS3 both days and second overall in Thunder on Sunday.