A special victory for Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport): On Saturday, the Porsche Junior celebrated his maiden victory at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the invitation race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The national one-make race series was contested with the Porsche Sports Cup as part of the “Porsche Motorsport Race Weekend” as support to the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing) achieved positions two and three. “Larry Ten Voorde drove a very strong race, but I kept my cool and grabbed my chance to overtake him. My first win the 911 feels absolutely fantastic,” said Preining.
This is the first time that the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Sports Cup race together. With 37 starters from seven countries taking part in the Porsche Motorsport Race Weekend, motorsport fans were treated to gripping duels and overtake manoeuvres. Heading into the race with a rolling start from pole position, Ten Voorde settled in at the front of the field for the 30-minute race. Starting from the third grid spot, Sweden’s Henric Skoog from the raceunion Huber Racing squad promptly overtook Preining in the first corner. However, the Porsche Junior was not about to let the 21 year old get the better of him, and in lap three Preining snatched back second place. After the Austrian racer closed the gap to Ten Voorde, the two junior drivers delivered a tough but fair duel for the front spot. In the tenth lap, the Deutsche Post by Project 1 driver made a braking error after the start-finish straight. Preining used the chance to take the lead and crossed the finish line first after 15 laps “The start of the race went really well and I was able to pull clear of the field. But one minor mistake proved decisive. Still, I’ll be back on Sunday to attack again,” said Ten Voorde.
Third place on the 5.148-kilometre racetrack went to Skoog. “That was an exciting race. I’ve often experienced rolling starts so that helped me. Now we have to analyse why Thomas Preining and Larry Ten Voorde were faster,” said Skoog. Behind the driver from the Swedish town of Torshälla, Wolfgang Triller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) and Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa) battled for fourth place. After swapping positions many times, Triller concluded his race as the best amateur driver of the day on fourth place ahead of Schmidt-Staade. Tom Kieffer (BLACK FALCON) from Luxembourg came sixth. As the invitation race at the “Porsche Motorsport Race Weekend” is not an official championship round, no points for the overall championship will be awarded at the storied racetrack in the hilly Eifel region of Germany.
The trophies were handed to the winners on the podium by Michael Steiner (Member of the Executive Board Research and Development at Porsche AG), Andreas Haffner (Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche AG) and Altfrid Heger, the vice champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland from the year 1993. Race two of the double-header event with the Porsche Sports Cup gets underway on Sunday at 10.05 hrs on the occasion of the “Porsche Motorsport Race Weekend” as support to the WEC.
Race result Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland:
1. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
3. Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing)
4. Wolfgang Triller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
5. Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa)
6. Tom Kieffer (L/BLACK FALCON)
7. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa)
8. Christian Kosch (L/BLACK FALCON)
9. Wolf Nathan (NL/raceunion Huber Racing)
10. Peter Scheufen (D/Cito Pretiosa)
Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON)