The fight for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is intensifying: At the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) claimed his fifth win of the season. This has enabled the German to slash the gap to the leader and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) to 18.5 points. “I was aware that I had to finish in front of Julien Andlauer to safeguard my chances of winning the title. It was a fiercely contested race. Julien was a touch faster than me on the start-finish straight and put me under a lot of pressure,” said Ammermüller. At round 13 of the national one-make cup run as support to the ADAC GT Masters, Andlauer and Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team) brought their 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup over the line in positions two and three respectively.
The race in the Hardtwald forest in south-west Germany was characterised by multiple duels and two safety car phases. Pole sitter Ammermüller won the sprint to the first corner, only to have the first safety car deployed in the second lap. While Andlauer looked for a chance to overtake, Pereira promptly overtook him. After another interruption a short time later, Andlauer launched a counterattack in lap ten, with success. Over the remaining laps, the 20-year-old gradually closed the gap to Ammermüller and increased the pressure on his teammate. However, the seasoned racer managed to fend him off and took the flag in first place after 16 laps. “While I was duelling with Michael Ammermüller, Dylan Pereira suddenly got past me. Luckily I was able to regain my second place. Ultimately, Michael defended himself brilliantly,” said Andlauer. The trophies were presented to the pair on the podium by Michael Blaufuss, Senior Vice President Air Freight at Agility, and Karsten Sohns, CFO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH.
Pereira celebrated his fifth Carrera Cup podium in a row. “My start was great and at one point I was running in second place. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to exit turn two perfectly and couldn’t defend my position,” said the Luxembourger. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing) occupied fourth place ahead of his compatriot Larry ten Voorde (Overdrive Racing by Huber). Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (Team Project 1 – JBR) secured sixth place. “I’m satisfied with this result. There aren’t many places to overtake here. Now I’ll focus on preparing for the race on Sunday where I start from pole position,” said the New Zealander. Crossing the finish line behind the 22-year-old were Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport) and Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber). Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar) was delighted with his victory in the amateur classification on the 4.574 kilometre circuit. The other podium spots in this category were occupied by Georgi Donchev (BG/Huber Racing) and Matthias Jeserich (D/CARTECH Motorsport by Nigrin).
In the overall classification, Porsche Junior Andlauer remains in the lead with 217.5 points. Behind the driver from Lyon sits Ammermüller (199 points) and ten Voorde (165 points). Stefan Rehkopf (D/Huber Racing) leads the amateur class with 217.5 points. The best rookie in the championship is Porsche Junior Evans, who has earned 232 points so far this season. Round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes off on Sunday at 11.40am local time and can be watched via live stream on http://www.porsche.de/carreracup. Evans takes up the national one-make cup from pole position for the first time.
Result race 13:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
5. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
6. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
7. Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport)
8. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
9. Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon)
10. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
Points’ standings after 13 of 16 races:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 217.5 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 199 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 165 point