Larry ten Voorde (Overdrive Racing by Huber) celebrated a lights-to-flag victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on Saturday. At the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Dutchman crossed the finish line first at round five on the Austrian Red Bull Ring ahead of Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team). Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport) clinched third place at his home race. “That was an incredibly intense race. Dylan Pereira put in a really strong drive and was right on my tail for a long time. But in the last laps I managed to pull clear,” said ten Voorde. This marks the fourth win so far this season for the 22-year-old.
Spectators in Styria were treated to a gripping race, packed with many overtaking manoeuvres. At the start, ten Voorde defended his lead from Pereira, however the race was interrupted in the first lap after several vehicles were involved in a collision. The restart took place behind the safety car. Again, ten Voorde defended his top spot, with Pereira keeping the pressure on the leader high. The Luxembourger made several attempts to overtake ten Voorde, however in the closing phase, the Huber driver pulled away from Pereira to cross the finish line after 17 laps with a 0.8-second advantage. “This is my first podium result of the year and that makes me very happy. In terms of my times, I could have possibly even won, perhaps I’ll manage this on Sunday,” declared Pereira.
Behind the leading pair, a three-way fight raged for third place: At first, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (BWT Lechner Racing) held P3. The Frenchman then slid from the track in lap five and lost his position to Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport). Meanwhile, Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber) pulled past the 24-year-old. In a counter move, Rettenbacher ultimately brought home third place as the best Austrian driver of the day. “To achieve a podium finish here has been big dream of mine. Unfortunately I made a mistake shortly before the flag, which opened the door for Henric Skoog to overtake me. So I’m all the more thrilled that I succeeded in making the decisive move in the last lap,” Rettenbacher concluded.
Fourth place went to Leon Köhler (MSG/HRT Motorsport) as the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool. Trailing the German over the line were Skoog and Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport). Andlauer took the flag in seventh place followed by Poland’s Igor Walilko (Overdrive Racing by Huber). “Actually, everything was going smoothly at first and I was on course for a podium spot. Then I slid into the gravel and lost several positions. I’m pretty disappointed to be honest, because a much better result would’ve been possible,” said Andlauer.
Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) finished the race on twelfth place. “At the start I swapped paint with a couple of other vehicles. Unfortunately, my steering got slightly bent, which of course made my race more difficult. I’m quite disappointed with the result, but I’ll attack again on Sunday,” said Evans. Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar) was the best amateur driver, with Philipp Sager (A/Black Falcon Team Textar) and Matthias Jeserich (D/CARTECH Motorsport by Nigrin) claiming the places behind him. Four Austrians contest the double-header event in front of home crowds this weekend: Rettenbacher (Eugendorf), Sebastian Daum (Dornbirn), Nicolas Schöll (Vienna) and Sager (Peggau). The Lechner Racing squad is based at Faistenau in the Salzburg district.
Thanks to his victory, ten Voorde has extended his lead in the championship. The racing driver from Boekelo ranks first with 110 points. Second place is occupied by Andlauer with 52.5 points ahead of Pereira (47 points). Race six of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will also be contested as part of the ADAC GT Masters weekend on the Red Bull Ring. The race takes off on Sunday at 11:40 am local time with Ammermüller starting from pole position.
Result race 5:
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
2. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
3. Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
4. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
5. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
6. Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport)
7. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
8. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
9. Sandro Kaibach (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
10. Gustav Malja (S/Förch Racing)
Points’ standings after 5 of 16 races:
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 110 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 52.5 points
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team), 47 points