A perfect start into the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season for Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing). After winning Friday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), the Porsche-Junior followed up with another victory at Saturday’s race. In both races, the 20-year-old started from pole position. “An outstanding weekend! To start the season with a full harvest of points is a terrific result. Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite racetracks, so I was eager to clinch a perfect result with a double victory this weekend,” says Heinrich. His teammate Morris Schuring (Netherlands) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) claimed the other two podium spots at race two of the season. Thirty-two drivers tackled the doubleheader run as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC support programme in their 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles.
Heinrich dominated the field over the entire distance. After the start, the racing driver from Germany’s Würzburg gradually pulled clear of the pack lap by lap to take the flag with a 1.4-second lead over Schuring. Second place on the 7.004-kilometre racetrack went to the Dutchman from the Talent Pool programme. “After missing out on the podium on Friday, I’m delighted that it worked out in Saturday’s race. My start was good and that proved decisive because it enabled me to beat Larry ten Voorde to the first corner and gain one position,” the 17-year-old says about his best result so far in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Bastian Buus turned heads with several impressive overtaking moves. Driving for Allied Racing, the Dane took up the race from the sixth grid spot and advanced to position three. The key moment: in lap five, Buus swept past the Luxembourger Dylan Pereira (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) in the La Source hairpin. “Unfortunately, we only found an ideal setup for the second race. I was really fast initially and I was lucky that Dylan Pereira made a small mistake,” said Buus. The winners on the podium received their trophies from Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport and Oliver Köppen, Manager One-Make Series and GT Sport.
Fourth place went to Pereira. The other five places were occupied by a quintet from the Netherlands. Ten Voorde took the flag in fifth place ahead of Loek Hartog (Black Falcon), Rudy van Buren (Huber Racing), Jesse van Kuijk (Team GP Elite) and Lucas Groeneveld (GP Elite). Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) finished in the top ten. In the ProAm class, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon) scored a perfect double victory. On Friday, the Luxembourger came out on top against Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Pheonix) and Ahmad Alshehab (Kuwait/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin).
“Sunny weather, 32 cars and two races on one of the most famous tracks in the world made for perfect conditions for our start to the season,” summarises Hurui Issak, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “It was an excellent opening round and the event proved that we have a thrilling season to look forward to.”
The next two Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland races will run as support to the ADAC GT Masters. From May 20 to 22, the one-make cup will be contested at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Harald Proczyk will compete in front of home crowds. The driver from HP Racing International lives in the Austrian community of Apfelberg, just a few kilometres from the racetrack.
Result race 2, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
2. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
4. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
5. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
6. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
7. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
8. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite)
9. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
10. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
Points standings after 2 of 16 races
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 50 points
2. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix), 33 points
3. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing), 31 points