Nick Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) scored his second win of the season at round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the Nürburgring, the racing driver from Great Britain crossed the finish line first on Saturday in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport) and Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing). “I love driving in the rain. After the start I patiently waited for the right moment to overtake Christopher Zöchling. That was the decisive factor for my victory,” said Yelloly.
All morning, rain swept across the Eifel region, and at the start a light shower fell. With a temperature of eleven degrees Celsius and a wet track surface, the vehicles went out on wet tyres. Yelloly took up the race from the second grid spot and immediately put pole-sitter Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing) under pressure. In lap seven, the 26-year-old Briton used Zöchling’s slipstream to overtake, before settling in at the front of the field to bring home victory after 15 laps. Olsen, who started from fourth on the grid, finished in second place behind the Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 pilot. The Norwegian treated spectators to intense but fair fights with Ammermüller and finally swept past the seasoned Porsche specialist in lap ten. “The conditions today were very challenging. I lost a position at the start, so that makes me even more thrilled to have finished in second place,” said Olsen.
On the 3.629-kilometer circuit, 31-year-old Ammermüller crossed the finish line in third place. “My goal was to secure a podium spot and I did that. I knew it wouldn’t be easy from the sixth starting position – especially in rain. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to match Dennis Olsen’s pace, but I’m still happy with third,” said Ammermüller. Fourth place went to 30-year-old Christian Engelhart (BLACK FALCON) from Germany, with Zöchling in fifth. Sixth place on the storied racetrack in Germany’s hilly Eifel region was claimed by the 23-year-old Kuwaiti Zaid Ashkanani from MRS GT-Racing.
The race for Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Konrad Motorsport) was marked by misfortune. The 19-year-old from Linz in Austria started from the 15th grid spot and had to retire in lap seven after making contact with another vehicle. “That’s really upsetting because, of course, I’d expected much more. We’ll have another look at what happened and then I’ll turn my attention to Sunday’s race,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur classification was Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa) ahead of his compatriots Stefan Rehkopf (Cito Pretiosa) and Jörn Schmidt-Staade (Cito Pretiosa).
Joining the 25-strong field was the German television actor Richy Müller. As a prominent guest starter, the “Tatort” commissioner contested the Nürburgring race for Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 and finished eighth in the amateur category. “That was my first time competing in rain and so it was a very new experience for me. My start wasn’t great, but I gradually improved as I got used to the car. Driving the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was tremendous,” said Müller. The avid Porsche driver will race again on Sunday at round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
After nine races, Dennis Olsen leads the overall standings with 181 points after securing five wins. Behind him on second is Yelloly with 155 points. Third place is occupied by Zöchling with 119 points. The Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 squad leads the team classification with 260 points. Ten Voorde ranks first in the rookie classification with 167 points, with Triller leading the amateur category with 111 points.
YouTubers Luca (ConCrafter) and Tobias Wolf (TheDailyWolfs) as well as blogger Florian Junk (Funkjunge.com) witnessed the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race on Saturday. The popular social media producers got a glimpse behind the scenes of a race day and had the chance to show what they could do behind the wheel of a 911 in the Porsche race simulator.
Round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland starts on Sunday at 12.40 hrs local time.
Result race 9:
1. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
2. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
4. Christian Engelhart (D/BLACK FALCON)
5. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing)
6. Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing)
7. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
8. David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
9. Toni Wolf (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa)
10. Gabriele Piana (I/RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON)
Points’ standings after 9 of 14 races:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), 181 points
2. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 155 points
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing), 119 points
1. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 167 points
2. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport), 152 points
3. Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing), 112 points
1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa), 111 points
2. Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON), 90 points
3. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa), 75 points
1. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 260 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 247 points
3. MRS GT-Racing, 167 points