At the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (Konrad Motorsport) celebrated his fourth win of this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The Norwegian won round six on Sunday at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in front of Nick Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) from Great Britain and Porsche Junior Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech). “Fantastic! I was a touch faster than Matt Campbell at the start and that proved decisive for the win,” said Olsen.
Taking up the race as pole-sitter, Campbell was not able to his defend his lead spot from Olsen, who made a catapult start and beat the 22-year-old Australian in the sprint to the first corner. Olsen proceeded to build a half-second gap, only to have his advantage erased by a safety car which was deployed after a collision between two midfielders. Olsen made the most of the restart to again pull clear of Campbell. The junior driver from the Norwegian town of Våler kept a cool head after another safety car phase to ultimately bring home victory after 19 laps. After the start, Yelloly worked his way through the field from fifth on the grid to third place. The Deutsche Post by Project 1 pilot caught up to Campbell and in the penultimate lap swept past him on the inside of the hairpin. “Second place is the result of outstanding team work. The duel with Matt Campbell was intensive but fair,” explained Yelloly.
Behind Yelloly, Campbell concluded the race on the 4.326-kilometre circuit in third place. “A win on Saturday and third place today – that’s great. In the mid-sector of the second race I wasn’t able to match the pace of the frontrunners but all in all it was an excellent weekend,” declared the Porsche Junior. For Campbell, round six of the national one-make race series was an ideal way to prepare for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which will run as support to the Formula 1 race in Spielberg in early July. As the best rookie of the day, Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) clinched fourth place. The Luxembourg guest driver Dylan Pereira from Zele Racing finished on fifth place ahead of Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing).
Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Konrad Motorsport) was unable to finish Sunday’s race in Spielberg. Just metres into the race, the Austrian retired after losing power. “My start was very good but after about 50 metres my car suddenly had no propulsion. We’ll now have to look at the reasons for this,” stated the talented youngster from Linz. Despite his retirement, Preining managed to defend his lead in the rookie classification. The amateur category was won by Egidio Perfetti (NL/Momo-Megatron Team Partrax).
With 116 points, Olsen holds the overall lead after six races. Behind him on second place with 94 points is Zöchling, with Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) ranking third with 90 points. Next up as part of the DTM programme is the double-header on the Norisring from 30 June to 2 July.
Results race 6:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
3. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
4. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
5. Dylan Pereira (L/Zele-Racing)
6. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing)
7. David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
8. Florian Latorre (F/Martinet by Alméras)
9. Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing)
10. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
Points’ standings after 5 of 14 races:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), 116 points
2. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing), 94 points
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing), 90 points
1. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport), 107 points
2. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 106 points
3. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing), 78 points
1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa), 66 points
2. Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON), 66 points
3. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa), 46 points