Round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the Norisring treated spectators to some action-packed racing to the last corner. In Saturday’s race, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) outpaced the 29-strong field on the street circuit of Nuremberg. His German teammate Michael Ammermüller and fellow Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) joined him on the podium.
“After my birthday on Friday, this victory is a wonderful gift. To start from fourth on the grid and win was really tough,” said Andlauer, delighted with his second win of the season in the 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The seventh race of the season run as part of the DTM weekend was contested in hot temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) headed into the race from pole position and was immediately put under pressure by Ammermüller.
This resulted in the two cars touching. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber) grabbed the chance and swept into the lead. Ten Voorde, however, promptly made a countermove in the first lap. Shortly afterwards, Andlauer, Ammermüller and Evans also overtook Skoog.
In lap 15, Andlauer took the lead after squeezing past the driver from Boekelo at the exit of the hairpin at the Dutzendteich. The vehicles made contact, which signalled an early end for ten Voorde after his car sustained damage to the suspension. Although drizzle set in towards the end of the race, Andlauer brought home a safe victory.
His teammate Ammermüller finished the 31-lap race on second. “My start was super, but unfortunately Larry ten Voorde and I touched. Had this not happened I think I could have won,” said Ammermüller. Porsche Junior Evans came out on top in the fierce duel for third against Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team). The New Zealander was thrilled with his second podium result so far this season: “Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer put me under immense pressure. The fight was huge fun. It feels terrific to finally finish in the top three again after Hockenheim.”
Fifth place went to Skoog ahead of Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport), the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, and Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport). Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) crossed the finish line on the 2.3-kilometre racetrack in eighth. Victory in the amateur class went to Stefan Rehkopf (Huber Racing). Trailing the German were Georgi Donchev (BG/Huber Racing) and Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar). For Richard Wagner, the doubleheader event on the Norisring is a highlight on the race calendar. The 19-year-old comes from the town of Amberg, just 70 kilometres from Nuremberg. Wagner took the flag in 13th in a car with a special livery: a red and white design and the logo of the German Football Club 1. FC Nürnberg.
Ten Voorde still leads the championship after seven races with 123 points. Second-placed Andlauer managed to reduce the gap thanks to his win and now has 102.5 points to his credit. Ammermüller ranks third with 75.5 points.
The eighth race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes place on Sunday at 11:15am also as support to the DTM at the Norisring. For the first time in his career, Henric Skoog starts from pole position. The German TV station Sport1 broadcasts the race live.
Result race 7:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
4. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team)
5. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
6. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
7. Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
8. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
9. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
10. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
Points’ standings after 7 of 16 races:
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 123 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 102.5 points
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 75.5 points
1. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR), 103.5 points
2. Berkay Besler (TR/Car Collection Motorsport), 100 points
3. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport), 93 points