Dylan Pereira (Förch Racing) continues his winning ways in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Luxembourger scored his third win of the season at Saturday’s race held as part of the ADAC GT Masters programme. “Unfortunately I made some mistakes in the first few laps. However, over the course of the race, I managed to close the gap to Larry ten Voorde. Being able to reward myself with this win makes it all the more wonderful,” said Pereira. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Nebulus Racing by Huber) finished on second place ahead of Laurin Heinrich (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport).
When the drivers lined up on the grid in their 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on Saturday afternoon, the weather conditions were autumnal with overcast skies and an outside temperature of 13 degrees Celsius. After polesitter Leon Köhler (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport) fluffed his start and fell to the back of the pack, a duel between the leading ten Voorde and the pursuer Pereira unfolded. Lap after lap, Pereira increased the pressure – and in the eleventh lap, the Förch driver squeezed past ten Voorde and beat him to the flag after 30 minutes of racing. “I didn’t make any major mistakes over the entire distance. But I didn’t have the pace to defend myself against Dylan. Second place is a good result, but of course, I’d like to climb to the top of the podium again on Sunday,” concluded the 24-year-old.
Rookie driver Laurin Heinrich was delighted with his second podium finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: “I’m over the moon with this result. With the weather conditions, I initially had problems getting the tyres up to the optimal temperature. I start both of Sunday’s races from pole position, so I’m feeling a little nervous, but today’s race underlined that I can match the pace of the frontrunners.” This result also makes the 19-year-old the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool – the German racing series’ youth support programme. Positions four and five went to Julian Hanses (Germany/Förch Racing) and Köhler. The youngster was rewarded for his inspired charge through the field. “Unfortunately, my start didn’t go at all well. Still, I managed to quickly get over it and come out on top of many duels. That enabled me to achieve fifth place,” said Köhler.
Joey Mawson (Australia/Fach Auto Tech) reached the finish line in sixth place on the 4.318-kilometre rollercoaster circuit in Austria’s Styria region. Lukas Ertl (Germany/Overdrive Racing by Huber) brought his Cup car over the line in seventh place ahead of Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin). Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon Team Textar) won the ProAm category – the Luxembourger’s fourth class win so this season. Georgi Donchev (Bulgaria/Overdrive Racing by Huber) and Stefan Rehkopf (Germany/Nebulus Racing by Huber) also finished on the ProAm podium.
Ten Voorde continues to lead the championship standings. The Huber driver has so far earned 110 points. Behind him are Pereira (104 points) and Köhler (71 points). The next two Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland races will be contested on Sunday. Race six gets underway at 10:50 a.m. local time, with the lights turning green for race seven at 5 p.m. Both races are streamed live on the internet. Fans can watch the race action on the official YouTube and Facebook channels (@CarreraCupDeutschland) of the Carrera Cup and in the Porsche Motorsport Hub. Moreover, the second race on Sunday can be seen live on the free-TV station Sport1.
Result race 5, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/Förch Racing)
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Nebulus Racing by Huber)
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport)
4. Julian Hanses (Germany/Förch Racing)
5. Leon Köhler (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport)
6. Joey Mawson (Australia/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Lukas Ertl (Germany/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
8. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
9. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
10. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/MRS-GT Racing)
Points standings after 5 of 11 races
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Nebulus Racing by Huber), 110 points
2. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/Förch Racing), 104 points
3. Leon Köhler (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport), 71 points