The final weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as support to the DTM on the Hockenheimring promises to be gripping: The two racing drivers, Dennis Olsen (21/Konrad Motorsport) from Norway and 26-year-old Nick Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) from Great Britain, are within striking distance of the title. Only 13 points separate the pair, however there are still 50 points up for grabs. The double-header will be contested on the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheimring on 14 and 15 October. Twenty-six pilots line up on the grid in identical 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
With 233 points to his credit, Olsen is the man to beat. He has led the championship since the very first race weekend thanks to six victories and four other podium results. His rival Yelloly experienced a slow start to the season, however, after the fifth race, the Englishman always managed to finish in the top two and has earned himself 220 points. Yelloly cannot win the championship through his own effort, since second place yields 20 points. Should Olsen finish second, Yelloly would still be three points short – even with a double victory. Moreover, the Porsche Junior is not willing to relinquish his top spot. “I’m feeling confident for the Hockenheim weekend. After all, I won the season-opening double-header there,” says Olsen.
Ranking third in the championship with 151 points, Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) no longer has a chance to clinch the title or second place. However, this makes the duel for bronze even more gripping: Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing) and Dutchman Larry Ten Voorde (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) are just four and five points shy of Ammermüller respectively. The odds are weighted towards Ammermüller: At the season-opener at Hockenheim, he netted two second places. Race 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes off at 12.25 hrs on 14 October, with the final race contested on 15 October from 9.55 hrs.
The two races are not the only highlight of the Hockenheim weekend: Following the motto “Join the Porsche Family”, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland invites curious young drivers to take part in its Experience Days from 14 to 16 October. Young pilots from all over the world were able to put themselves forward to become acquainted with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the occasion of the final round in Hockenheim. Moreover, the participants get the opportunity to test the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Project manager Oliver Köppen: “We’re delighted that we’ve again had such great interest in our Experience Days. In the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, young drivers learn everything they need to pursue a motor racing career. The one-make concept with identical vehicles also shows exactly where each driver stands.”
The Experience Days run over two days: On Sunday, the young participants get the chance to experience the Cup in action, spend time with teams, and take a look behind the scenes. On Monday, they take part in two test sessions. The participation fee for the Experience Days is 2,500 Euro net, which includes a firsthand look into the workings of the allocated team during the entire race weekend (weekend ticket for the DTM incl. access to the paddock, catering in the Porsche Hospitality from Saturday evening to Monday, a parking ticket, participation in the test including insurance) and around 40 minutes of track time per participant on the test day.
For many racing drivers, the Carrera Cup has been the decisive career launching platform: Timo Bernhard, Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz, Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Sven Müller all demonstrated their strengths in the German one-make cup series and later became Porsche works drivers. From the current Porsche factory squad, 14 of the 18 pilots came from the national Carrera Cups. Drivers like Philipp Eng, Nicki Thiim, Mike Rockenfeller and René Rast also earned their stripes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. They later advanced into professional motor racing with other car manufacturers.