The fight for the crown of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland remains open until the final race. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) won round 15 of the season at the Sachsenring on Saturday ahead of Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) and Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team). “I drove a flawless race. It was important that I got past Larry ten Voorde early and it worked perfectly,” said Ammermüller, whose arch rival for the title, Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), finished the race on fourth place. The Porsche Junior takes up Sunday’s decider race with 255.5 points to his credit, and a 15.5-point advantage over Ammermüller. The decision in the amateur class will also go down-to-the-wire on Sunday: in this classification, Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar, 264 points) holds a narrow lead over Stefan Rehkopf (D/Huber Racing, 257.5 points). At round 16 on Sunday, 25 points will be awarded in both categories.
Right from start, Ammermüller demonstrated his determination to win. At the wheel of his 485 hp Cup Porsche, the driver from Germany’s Rotthalmünster catapulted from second on the grid past pole-sitter ten Voorde. Ammermüller then proceeded to pull clear off the field. An early safety car phase prevented the Lechner driver from extending the gap, however Ammermüller again underlined his skill at the restart. Lap for lap, the seasoned specialist eked out an advantage to take the flag in first place after 19 laps. This is Ammermüller’s sixth win so far this season – the most he has ever claimed in a Carrera Cup season. An intense duel for second place ensued between ten Voorde and Pereira, with the Dutchman fending off repeated attacks from the Luxembourger. “That was a really tough fight against Dylan Pereira, and it was fun. I made a slight error at the start, but the result is still great,” said ten Voorde.
Pereira climbed the podium for the ninth time this season. “I managed to get past Julien Andlauer right at the start. I then tried to force Larry ten Voorde into making a mistake. Shortly before the flag I was glued to his bumper but he defended himself well,” said the Luxembourger. Series leader Andlauer finished the race in Saxony’s Hohenstein-Ernstthal in fourth place. “I was much faster than Larry ten Voorde at the start, but there was no room to overtake. Then Pereira passed me, but with an eye on the championship title I still have everything in hand,” said the 20-year-old. Porsche-Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) rounded off the top five as the best rookie of the day. “That was a cool race. Finishing fifth at my debut on the Sachsenring is a pretty decent result.”
Sixth place went to Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) ahead of Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing) and Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon). Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport) raced in front of home crowds this weekend. The 20-year-old from Schönbrunn in the Erzgebirgskreis district achieved eleventh place in the race. In the amateur class on the 3.645-kilometre racetrack, Rivas beat Rehkopf and Georgi Donchev (BG/Huber Racing). The 16th and final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland gets underway on Sunday at 1.15pm local time. Fans can follow the action live on http://www.porsche.de/carreracup. Ammermüller starts from pole position for the seventh time this season. Andlauer takes up the race from the third grid spot.
Result race 15:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
4. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
5. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
6. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
7. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
8. Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon)
9. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
10. Jannes Fittje (D/Team Project 1 – JBR)
Points’ standings after 15 of 16 races:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 255.5 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 240 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 195 points