Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) has claimed his second victory of this season’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: The German won round eight on Sunday after an accident threw the first three out of contention.
“Honestly, I’d already speculated that the rivals in front of me couldn’t finish the race on this narrow street course, but, of course, I didn’t expect such a perfect outcome,” said Ammermüller. Behind his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) crossed the finish line in positions two and three.
Henric Skoog (Overdrive Racing by Huber) took off into the race run as support to the DTM from pole position. At the start, the Swede defended himself against his two teammates Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands) and Igor Walilko from Poland.
The crucial scene of the race came in the 21st lap: As the trio entered the first corner, their vehicles collided. The safety car was deployed and the race for the three Huber drivers came to an early end. The most to benefit was Ammermüller. The seasoned specialist pulled past, snatched the lead, and held on to it until the flag.
Karsten Sohns, CFO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH, presented him with his winner’s trophy. For 19-year-old Köhler of the Team MSG/HRT Motorsport, second place marked his first podium result in the German Carrera Cup. “Of course I profited from the retirements, but I’m very happy with this result. There’s nothing better than standing on the podium,” said an elated Köhler.
Prior to the leading trio’s accident, Porsche Junior Andlauer was in fourth place. To avoid the crash, the 20-year-old had to swerve wide and was unable to defend his position from Ammermüller and Köhler.
“It’s a great result for the championship. If I hadn’t have gone so wide after the collision I could have won,” explained Andlauer. Fourth place went to Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing), with Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (Team Project 1 – JBR) on fifth.
“The atmosphere here at the Norisring was truly fantastic. I managed to make up four places, and I had a great time,” said Evans. Behind the New Zealander, David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon), Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team) claimed positions six to eight.
Matthias Jeserich (CARTECH Motorsport by Nigrin) celebrated his first victory in the amateur class on the 2.3-kilometre street course. The German won ahead of Andreas Sczepansky (D/QA Racing by Kurt Ecke Motorsport) and Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar).
Despite his retirement, ten Voorde still leads the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland with 123 points, 4.5 points ahead of second-placed Andlauer. Ammermüller (100.5 points) ranks third in the championship after eight races. Evans is the best rookie with 123.5 points. With 147.5 points to his credit, Rivas leads the amateur classification.
For races nine and ten, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland travels across the German border for the first time this season: from 9 to 11 August, the national one-make cup heads to the Zandvoort Circuit in the Netherlands. Larry ten Voorde (Boekelo) and Jaap van Lagen (Ede) will tackle the race on the North Sea track in front of home crowds.
Result race 8:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
3. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
5. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
6. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
7. Luca Rettenbacher (A/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
8. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team)
9. Sandro Kaibach (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
10. Nicolas Schöll (A/Team Allied-Racing)
Points’ standings after 8 of 16 races:
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 123 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 118.5 points
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 100.5 points
1. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR), 123.5 points
2. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport), 118 points
3. Berkay Besler (TR/Car Collection Motorsport), 100 points