Two pole positions and victory at both races – for Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) the race weekend could not have been more perfect. After scoring first place at race one on Saturday, the German celebrated his fourth win of the season on Sunday at the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The Dutchman Jaap van Lagen (Förch Racing) climbed the podium in second place at his home race, with Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team) completing the podium. “The rain in the morning left some sections of the racetrack a little damp, and that made the first laps very challenging. For this reason, I drove a little more cautiously. Jaap van Lagen took a little more risk but I managed to successfully fend him off,” said Ammermüller.
In cloudy conditions and 20 degrees Celsius, the race at the North Sea coast of the Netherlands was interrupted twice. Ammermüller defended his lead at the start. His hottest pursuer, van Lagen, beat Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) in the sprint to the first corner. In lap three, the race had to be halted to salvage a vehicle, and was restarted behind the safety car. Ammermüller defended his front spot, however van Lagen stuck close to the Lechner driver and waited for his chance to overtake. In the tenth lap, the safety car was again deployed. After eleven laps, Ammermüller crossed the finish line as the leader behind the safety vehicle. “My start went really well. In my duel with Michael Ammermüller there was only one real opportunity for me to overtake. However, the risk was too high. Climbing the podium at my home race feels great,” said van Lagen, who comes from the Dutch town of Ede.
Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) crossed the finish line in third place on the 4.307-kilometre dune circuit. However, the 22-year-old subsequently received a 30-second time penalty after a collision while overtaking Andlauer. As a result, Pereira inherited third place. Trailing the Luxembourger over the line were Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team) and Porsche-Junior Andlauer. “Parts of the track were damp so it was tricky at first to get the tyres to the right temperature. The interruptions made the problem worse. In the fight with Larry ten Voorde, my vehicle sustained some damage to the front, so unfortunately I fell back to sixth place,” said Andlauer.
Position seven went to Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport). Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) reached the flag in eighth place on the Dutch dune circuit. “I managed to overtake two cars in the first lap, but unfortunately I couldn’t do anything more after that. The two safety car phases made it impossible to make up more ground,” said Evans. The winner of the amateur class was Stefan Rehkopf (Huber Racing). The German won his class ahead of Matthias Jeserich (D/CARTECH Motorsport by Nigrin) and Andreas Sczepansky (D/QA Racing by Kurt Ecke Motorsport).
Since only eleven of the 17 laps were contested, the drivers receive only half the points. Thus, Porsche Junior Andlauer remains at the top of the standings with 143.5 points. Thanks to his victory, his teammate Ammermüller moves up into second place with 138 points. Ten Voorde ranks third in the championship just four points shy of Ammermüller.
At the qualification for the finale of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland, Louis Henkefend (Team Allied-Racing) was ahead. On the simulator in the Porsche Hospitality, the German turned the fastest virtual lap of the weekend at the Circuit Zandvoort in the time of 1:39.934 minutes. At Zandvoort and the Nürburgring (16-18 August), drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland can qualify for the Esports finale of the national one-make cup. At the final round of the virtual championship held at the ADAC SimRacing Expo at the Nürburgring on 30 August, the six fastest drivers will go up against six online players. Contenders from around the world have the chance to qualify via the sim-racing system Assetto Corsa.
In just a week, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland contests rounds eleven and twelve. The storied Nürburgring racetrack hosts the doubleheader as part of the ADAC GT Masters programme.
Result race 10:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
4. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
5. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team)
6. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
7. Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
8. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
9. Berkay Besler (TR/Car Collection Motorsport)
10. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
Points’ standings after 10 of 16 races:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 143.5 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 138 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 134 points