This season’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is dominated by a serial winner: From twelve races so far this season, Germany’s Porsche Junior Sven Müller (Konrad Motorsport) has notched up his tenth win on Sunday in Zandvoort. With this impressive performance, the 24 year old has set a new record: No other driver has managed to win ten times in one season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m thrilled with this record. Today’s race was extremely exciting and I had to defend my lead over the entire distance. My grid spot was slightly damp, but I still got away perfectly off the line. Tyre wear is very high at Zandvoort and therefore I had to be easy on the tyres. This worked and I could bring home another victory,” said Müller, who struggled all weekend with cold symptoms. In a repeat of Saturday’s results, positions two and three went to Jeffrey Schmidt (Team Lechner Huber Racing) from Switzerland and Germany’s Christian Engelhart (MRS GT-Racing).
Schmidt, who had planted his black and red 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on pole position for both races this weekend, took off from the first grid row next to Müller. Müller got away perfectly at the start and got the jump on Schmidt. During the 19-lap race, Schmidt put the leading Müller under pressure and stayed glued to the Konrad pilot’s rear bumper. After a short safety car phase to salvage a race car, Schmidt managed to maintain contact and close the gap to 0.1 seconds. However, the Porsche-supported junior, Müller, defended his lead and netted his tenth victory. “It’s incredibly difficult to overtake on this racetrack. With my start I had problems again getting it right with the clutch and I didn’t get away very well. Sven overtook me. Unfortunately I couldn’t achieve a win today and therefore I’m only 50 percent happy,” explained Schmidt.
The 4.307-kilometre racetrack on the Dutch North Sea coast was still damp in the early morning after a light rain fell two hours before the start of the race. As the vehicles lined up on the grid, the skies cleared and with an air temperature of 19 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 21 degrees the conditions were good. While Müller and Schmidt pulled clear of the field, Engelhart, who started from third, had to fend off his pursuers. Porsche specialist Engelhart used his wealth of experience and kept Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing) at bay: “The race was a defensive battle. We were the only ones in the front runners without new tyres. I noticed this especially in the first lap. But ultimately I earned all-important points. I can be satisfied with two podium results this weekend.”
Olsen finished fourth behind Engelhart. “I passed Luca Rettenbacher in the first lap, but then I got stuck behind Christian. With my setup I clocked top lap times until half way through the race, but I had no answer to Christian,” declared Olsen. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport) came fifth, with David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) taking the flag in sixth place.
Wolfgang Triller has scored the first title in this year’s series. With four races left on the calendar, the amateur pilot from Lower Bavaria has proved unbeatable with nine victories in the B-classification and is delighted with his achievement: “My Huber Lechner Racing team did a perfect job. We made no mistakes and I didn’t retire once. What I particularly enjoy is the friendly atmosphere. The drivers swap data analyses and we have a lot of fun together.” The team thanked Triller by showering him with two bottles of champagne.
After twelve of 16 races, Müller ranks first in the overall classification with 221 points. Engelhart (197 points) lies second after one victory and ten podium results. In third place is Olsen with 182 points, who also leads the rookie classification. As the newly-crowned winner of the amateur championship, Triller has 232 points to his credit. Konrad Motorsport (343 points) leads the team classification ahead of Lechner Huber Racing (321).
The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland now enjoys a summer break. The championship rounds 13 and 14 will be contested on the Nürburgring from 9-11 September.
Race 12 result:
1. Sven Müller (D/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Team Lechner Huber Racing)
3. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing)
5. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport)
6. David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
7. Marek Böckmann (D/KÜS Team75 Bernhard)
8. Ryan Cullen (GB/Konrad Motorsport)
9. Wolfgang Triller (D/Team Huber Lechner Racing)
10. Wolf Nathan (NL/Team Huber Lechner Racing)
11. Nicholas Yelloly (GB/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
12. Nick Foster (AUS/KÜS Team75 Bernhard)
DNF: Ricardo Flores Ramirez (PE/MRS GT-Racing)
Points standing after 12 of 16 races:
1. Sven Müller (D/Konrad Motorsport), 221 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 197 points
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing), 182 points
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing), 182 points
2. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport), 124 points
3. David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 115 points
1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Team Huber Lechner Racing), 232 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL/Team Huber Lechner Racing), 178 points
3. Ricardo Flores Ramirez (PE/MRS GT-Racing), 156 points
1. Konrad Motorsport, 343 points
2. Team Lechner Huber Racing, 321 points
3. MRS GT-Racing, 248 points