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CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Buhk began karting in 2004 and raced only in his native Germany for the majority of his career, working his way up from the junior ranks to progress through to the KF2 category by 2009, when he finished on fifth position in ADAC Kart Masters.[1][2]

ADAC Formel MastersEdit

2010 saw his debut in the ADAC Formel Masters championship with KUG Motorsport.[3] Buhk finished twelfth in the championship with 12 point-scoring finishes.[4] He remained in series for 2011 but switched to ma-con after five rounds with KUG Motorsport. The switch open road to the podium step at Lausitz and Assen and progress to ninth in the championship.[5]

Sports car racingEdit

For 2012 Buhk moved into the Sports car racing, competing in both 2012 ADAC GT Masters and 2012 FIA GT3 European Championship.[6] Andreas Simonsen was Buhk's teammate in the ADAC series, where they finished eleventh. With Dominik Baumann they dominated the main category of the FIA GT3 European Championship, winning half of the races and the drivers' title on their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.[7]

In 2013, FIA GT3 European Championship was merged with FIA GT1 World Championship to form FIA GT Series, where Buhk continued to race. He was paired with Alon Day in HTP Motorsport, they was victorious at Zandvoort, but was only seventh in the championship.[8] He remained in the ADAC GT Masters where he participated with Maximilian Götz. They won race at Nürburgring and ended third in the standings.[9] Also he expanded his programme to compete in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Despite missing two opening rounds, he won 2013 24 Hours of Spa as well as the season finale at Nürburgring, which brought him title in the series.[10][11]

In 2014, the Buhk kept his three-championship programme with HTP. FIA GT Series was renamed into the Blancpain Sprint Series. He again shared Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with Götz and was set to claim another championship title after three wins but was forced to miss Slovakia Ring round and the reminder of the 2014 ADAC GT Masters season due to his suspension for non-compliance with safety car regulations in the same circuit in the ADAC GT Masters event.[12] But later his racing license was restored, allowing him return to racing.[13] In the Blancpain Endurance Series he had just one podium an ended the season fourth. Also for the first time Sprint and Endurance series formed Blancpain GT Series in which Buhk finished as runner-up to Laurens Vanthoor.

 
Bentley Continental GT3 car of Abril-Buhk during the Nogaro weekend of the 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series

For 2015, Buhk concentrated on Blancpain GT Series programme, where he was again runner-up, this time to Robin Frijns. His team HTP decided to use Bentley Continental GT3 car and make Vincent Abril as his teammate in the Sprint Series.[14] They won three races and clinched the championship title.[15] But in the Endurance Series, Buhk raced with M-Sport team with Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet as his teammates. They finished the season tenth finishing in point all races but 2015 24 Hours of Spa.

In 2016, Baumann returned as Buhk's teammate (Jazeman Jaafar was the third driver in the Endurance Cup), while HTP Motorsport bought new-for Mercedes-AMG GT3 car.[16] Their pair overscored Rob Bell by ten points in the GT Series to take the title. While in the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup they was second and third respectively with one race win in the both championships. Also he make his debut in the 2016 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, but his squad wasn't able to finish the race.

For 2017, Buhk got Franck Perera as a teammate for GT Series campaign while Jimmy Eriksson was the third driver in the Endurance Cup. Buhk got his third runner-up spot in the GT Series. He and his teammates was third in the both Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup. In the Sprint cup Buhk with Perera was more successful as they won main Misano race.[17] He repeated 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, but once again his car haven't seen a checkered flag.

In 2018, HTP Motorsport left Blancpain GT Series in the favour of 2018 ADAC GT Masters, where Buhk is a teammate of the Indy Dontje.[18] While in 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup he joined Götz and Álvaro Parente at Strakka Racing.[19]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 ADAC Formel Masters KUG Motorsport 21 0 0 0 0 34 12th
2011 ADAC Formel Masters KUG Motorsport 24 0 0 1 2 87 9th
ma-con
2012 FIA GT3 European Championship Heico Gravity-Charouz Team 12 6 5 2 8 214 1st
ADAC GT Masters Heico Junior Team 16 0 0 0 0 72 11th
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series - GT3 Pro Cup HTP Motorsport 3 2 0 0 2 81 1st
ADAC GT Masters Polarweiss Racing 16 1 1 0 6 165 3rd
FIA GT Series - Pro HTP Gravity Charouz 10 1 0 1 4 70 7th
2014 Blancpain GT Series HTP Motorsport 16 3 0 2 8 190 2nd
Blancpain Sprint Series - GT3 Pro Cup 12 3 0 2 7 126 2nd
Blancpain Endurance Series - GT3 Pro Cup 4 0 0 0 1 64 4th
ADAC GT Masters 10 2 0 0 4 90 10th
2015 Blancpain GT Series HTP Motorsport 17 4 1 1 8 166 2nd
Bentley Team M-Sport
Blancpain Sprint Series - GT3 Pro Cup Bentley Team HTP 12 4 1 1 8 135 1st
ADAC GT Masters 10 0 0 0 0 12 32nd
Blancpain Endurance Series - GT3 Pro Cup Bentley Team M-Sport 5 0 0 0 0 31 10th
2016 Blancpain GT Series HTP Motorsport 15 2 1 0 4 134 1st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 1 1 0 2 67 2nd
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 10 1 0 0 2 67 3rd
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2017 Blancpain GT Series Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport 15 3 3 0 3 120 2nd
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 10 3 3 0 1 68 3rd
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 0 0 2 52 3rd
ADAC GT Masters 1 0 0 0 0 6 35th
24 Hours of Nürburgring - SP9 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Blancpain GT Series Asia GruppeM Racing Team 8 2 0 3 4 100 4th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Maxi Buhk". maximilian-buhk.de. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "ADAC Kart Masters — KF2 2009". Driver Database. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Starterfeld des ADAC Formel Masters nimmt Form an". ADAC Formel Masters (in German). ADAC. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  4. ^ "ADAC Formel Masters 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ "ADAC Formel Masters 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Round 1 (Nogaro) Entry List" (PDF). FIA.com. FIA. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 FIA CHAMPIONS". fia.com. FIA. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary (7 July 2013). "Zandvoort FIA GT: Mercedes gets first win of 2013 with Buhk and Day". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Mercedes-Benz victory for Buhk & Götz". adac-gt-masters.de. ADAC. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Buhk, Schneider, Götz claim overall win in 24 Hours of Spa". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  11. ^ Simmons, Marcus (22 September 2013). "Nurburgring Blancpain: HTP Mercedes wins to crown Buhk champion". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  12. ^ ten Caat, Marcel (21 August 2014). "Buhk Suspended for Slovakia Ring After GT Masters Incident". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  13. ^ Watkins, Gary (3 September 2014). "Blancpain Sprint Series frontrunner Buhk to return after case dropped". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Double programme pour Vincent Abril" [Double programme for Vincent Abril]. AUTOhebdo.fr (in French). Grouppe Hommel. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  15. ^ Wouters, Vincent (11 October 2015). "Buhk, Abril Claim Blancpain Sprint Title in Zandvoort Thriller". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  16. ^ Wouters, Vincent (6 April 2016). "Monza Entry List Update: 4.6". sportscar365.com. Sportscar 365. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  17. ^ Morson, Lucy (2 April 2017). "Buhk and Perera complete Misano Blancpain sweep". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  18. ^ "HTP Motorsport with two mambas and strong drivers". adac-gt-masters.de. ADAC. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  19. ^ Goodwin, Graham (16 March 2018). "Strakka Reveal Blancpain Endurance Cup Driver Squads". dailysportscar.com. Dailysportscar. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Francesco Castellacci
Federico Leo
FIA GT3 European Champion
2012
With: Dominik Baumann
Succeeded by
Championship merged into the FIA GT Series
Preceded by
Christopher Haase
Christopher Mies
Stéphane Ortelli
Blancpain Endurance Series Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Laurens Vanthoor
Preceded by
Maximilian Götz
Blancpain Sprint Series Champion
2015
With: Vincent Abril
Succeeded by
Enzo Ide
Preceded by
Robin Frijns
Blancpain GT Series Champion
2016
With: Dominik Baumann
Succeeded by
Mirko Bortolotti
Christian Engelhart