Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) achieved a lights-to-flag victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands. At the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the German won round nine on Saturday on the Circuit Zandvoort.
“Quite frankly, that was one of the most difficult victories from pole position. Sand had blown over the track and initially there was no decent grip. This meant I had to scale-back the pace a little in order not to make a mistake. I’m on pole position for Sunday’s race, too, and I’m keen to bring home my next win,” said Ammermüller.
Second place went to Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), who now leads the overall classification. Rounding off the podium was Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team).
Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) took the flag in position 12. “Sixteenth on the grid was, of course, not a great starting position. I managed to improve a little but overtaking is tricky on this track. I’ll start from eleventh on Sunday and hopefully I’ll bring home a better result,” said Evans.
Ammermüller defended his lead position after the start of the race in the dunes, however Jaap van Lagen stuck close to the bumper of the Lechner driver. In the second lap, the local hero from the Dutch town of Ede squeezed past Ammermüller at the end of the start-finish straight. Van Lagen, however, made a braking error and slid into the gravel.
Ammermüller regained his lead spot, trailed by his teammate Andlauer and Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber). The two youngsters treated fans around the track to a gripping duel for second place. Ten Voorde overtook Andlauer in lap seven, however the Frenchman fought back and countered in the last of the 17 laps. Thus,
Ammermüller and Andlauer made the double victory for their BWT Lechner Racing squad perfect.
“The duel with Larry ten Voorde was absolutely fair. I saw my chance shortly before the flag and was rewarded,” said Andlauer.
Due to a jump-start, ten Voorde was handed a five-second penalty after the race which relegated him to fourth place. Pereira was thrilled with third position:
“The result is super, but I’m not completely happy with my race. Unfortunately I couldn’t match the pace of the frontrunners. That has to improve on Sunday,” said the Luxembourger.
As the best driver of the Talent Pool, a support programme of the German Carrera Cup, Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport) occupied fifth place.
David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon) scored position six ahead of his German teammate Tim Zimmermann. Rudy van Buren (NL/Black Falcon Team Textar) crossed the finish line on the 4.307-kilometre racetrack in eighth. For the 27-year-old from Lelystad as well as ten Voorde (Enschede) and Förch driver Jaap van Lagen (Ede), this weekend was a home race.
Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar) won the amateur class in front of Stefan Rehkopf (D/Huber Racing) and Andreas Sczepansky (D/QA Racing by Kurt Ecke Motorsport). In the championship standings, Andlauer moves into the lead from second with 138.5 points to his credit. Ten Voorde ranks a close second with 136 points. Ammermüller is on third (125.5 points).
The drivers also chase top times on the simulator this weekend in the Porsche Hospitality. In the lead-up to the finale of Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland, the qualifying phase is being run at Zandvoort and the Nürburgring (16-18 August).
The six fastest drivers earn a ticket for the final race, which will be held on 30 August on the occasion of the ADAC SimRacing Expo at the Nürburgring. The highlight: the drivers from the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will meet six SimRacers who are currently qualifying online. The platform for the debut of the championship is the established race simulation Assetto Corsa.
Round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is also run as support to the ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort. The race takes off on Sunday at 11.40am local time and can be watched via live stream on www.porsche.de/carreracup.
Result race 9:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
4. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
5. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
6. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
7. Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon)
8. Rudy van Buren (NL/Black Falcon Team Textar)
9. Sandro Kaibach (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
10. Jannes Fittje (D/Team Project 1 – JBR)
Points’ standings after 9 of 16 races:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 138.5 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 136 points
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 125.5 points