Michael Schrey and Gabriele Piana did it. The Team Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport duo won the drivers’ title in ADAC GT4 Germany. Schrey and Piana took a total of five season wins overall in their BMW M4 GT4, with four of those coming in the first four races, paving the way for the later title win. The two experienced drivers ended the season with a lead of eleven points, despite suffering setbacks at the final weekend, held at the Nürburgring. After retiring on Saturday after a pit stop error, they finished in P20 on Sunday. On a drying track, the team followed the same tyre strategy as their rivals in the overall standings and opted for wet-weather tyres. This ultimately wrong decision saw both contenders for the title drop right down the field.
“The tyre choice was the best wrong decision I have ever made,” said Schrey. “I still can’t believe it. After it being so close last year, lots of people in the paddock are pleased for us that we won this title. Gabriele is a very fast racing driver and uses his head. We work together flawlessly as a team and trust each other 100 percent. And Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport delivered another incredible performance in 2021. It’s these factors that tipped the scales in favour of us winning the championship. Now we are over the moon.”
Piana added: “We knew that slicks would have been the right decision but we wanted to be in the same position as the Zakspeed Mercedes-AMG and play it safe. Now it is hard to put just how happy we are into words. To finally win the title in the ADAC GT4 Germany after finishing in second place two years in a row in 2019 and 2020 is fantastic.” Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport finished in second place in the team standings.