Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) clinched his fifth win of the season at race 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland at the Sachsenring on Saturday. The Porsche Junior beat Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) and Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing) to the flag. With three races remaining on the 2022 calendar, Heinrich leads the championship standings with 243 points ahead of Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), who has 203 points. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix) ranks third with 191 points.
Spectators in the grandstands at the 3.645-kilometre racetrack in Saxony, Germany, witnessed a turbulent race. In sunshine and temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius, the 31-strong field took off in their 510 PS Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers. Starting from pole position, Heinrich immediately settled in at the front of the pack. After two laps, ten Voorde managed to improve from fourth to second place. The safety car was deployed twice, which bunched the field together and cancelled out any hard-earned time advantages. In lap 16, Heinrich briefly veered too wide out a corner and ten Voorde grabbed his chance to overtake. Two corners later, the 20-year-old made a countermove and reclaimed his lead. Fans held their breath when a message from the race director suddenly appeared on the monitors: Heinrich was instructed to return his lead to ten Voorde. After 21 laps, ten Voorde took the flag in first place followed over the line by Heinrich and Buus. However, when the stewards watched the decisive manoeuvre from different camera perspectives, they came to the conclusion that ten Voorde had gained an unfair advantage over Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon). Ten Voorde received a time penalty for this and was thus relegated down the field to fifth place in the final results.
“A lot happened in this race. In the end, I managed to turn my pole position into a victory and also set the fastest lap in the race. I’m happy that I ultimately extended my championship lead,” said Heinrich. Buus inherited second place: “I started from P8 and was in fourth place for a while. I noticed that the situation in front of me was close. Keeping calm and being ready at the decisive moment was the strategy that got me my podium spot in the end,” explained Buus, who is a member of the Porsche Talent Pool. Positions three through six in the final results list went to the Dutchman Morris Schuring (SSR Huber Racing), Loek Hartog (Black Falcon), ten Voorde and Huub van Eijndhoven (GP Elite). Seventh place was occupied by Alexander Tauscher (Germany/Allied-Racing) followed by Alexander Fach (Switzerland/Fach Auto Tech).
Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon) won the ProAm class ahead of Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix) and Georgi Donchev (Bulgaria/Huber Racing). Van Eijndhoven received the trophy as the best rookie. After 13 of 16 championship rounds, Heinrich has won five races, with ten Voorde and Pereira claiming four victories each. Buus has climbed to the top of the podium once this season.
Result race 13, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
2. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
3. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
4. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
5. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
6. Huub van Eijndhoven (Netherlands/GP Elite)
7. Alexander Tauscher (Germany/Allied-Racing)
8. Alexander Fach (Switzerland/Fach Auto Tech)
9. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing)
10. Lukas Ertl (Germany/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
Points standings after 13 of 16 races
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 243 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 203 points
3. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix), 191 points