Championship fight comes to a head: Ammermüller wins in the Eifel

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Race 13, Nürburgring

The situation in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is reaching a climax with just three races left on this season’s calendar. On Saturday, Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (KÜS Team75 Bernhard) won ahead of Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing) and Nicholas Yelloly (GB/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) on the Nürburgring. The leader of the championship, Sven Müller (D/Konrad Motorsport), finished on eighth place after clinching ten victories over the course of the season. This now puts the Porsche Junior just 14 points ahead of Engelhart in the overall rankings. Ammermüller, who drove the 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the KÜS Team75 Bernhard for the first time this weekend, was pleased: “The race ran perfectly. In the first laps I had to be extremely careful not to make a mistake. At the end the gap was large and thanks to my car’s good set-up I could up my pace. The team owner Timo Bernhard is a Le Mans winner and I thought it’s no wonder my car’s great,” said Ammermüller with a grin.

David Kolkmann (D) Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 07 Nürburgring 2016
David Kolkmann (D) – Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Nürburgring 2016

The qualifying on Saturday morning turned into a thriller for the Konrad Motorsport squad. Müller set the fastest time for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races, but during a post-qualifying routine check his vehicle was found not to conform to the regulations. This relegated the 24-year-old pilot to start from the last grid spot. For this reason, Ammermüller took up the race on Saturday from pole position and turned his advantage into a clear lead. After a clean start, the Bavarian steadily increased his lead to finally cross the finish line after 17 laps six seconds head of his pursuers Engelhart and Yelloly. “In the first laps I managed to keep up with Michael but then he pulled away and I had to concentrate on defending myself from behind. In the championship I’ve made good progress. Sunday’s race will definitely be exciting,” said Engelhart.

Start: Michael Ammermüller (D) - Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 07 Nürburgring 2016
Start: Michael Ammermüller (D) – Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Nürburgring 2016

Nicholas Yelloly from Great Britain climbed the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland podium for the first time this season and was thrilled with his third place: “That was an exciting race for me but I have to say that the duel was completely fair and I’m pleased that I could defend third place so well.” Finishing fourth, Jeffrey Schmidt (Team Lechner Huber Racing) from Switzerland earned all-important points. In the last metres he and Australia’s Nick Foster (AUS/KÜS Team75 Bernhard) treated fans to a breathtaking duel, which concluded with Schmidt snatching fifth place by a mere 15-thousandths of a second. David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finished the race on sixth place ahead of the Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing). “The race didn’t go so well for me and I’m not totally happy with the result. My aim is to win the rookie championship and secure the team classification for my squad, Lechner Huber Racing. I’m working on that,” said Olsen, who now needs just one point on Sunday to fulfil his goal of winning the rookie championship title.

Nick Yelloly (GB) Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 07 Nürburgring 2016
Nick Yelloly (GB) – Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Nürburgring 2016

Behind him, Müller charged through the field from position 16 to finish on eighth. “Out on the racetrack I managed to put all the negatives thoughts aside and I enjoyed some great fights. I had to be very careful in the first laps not to get tangled up in collisions. Although I would have preferred to take home maximum points today I have to resign myself to the situation. Spectators and fans can look forward to a showdown in Hockenheim. At the end of the day I hope it’s me at the front,” said Müller. In the overall rankings, Müller leads with 229 points after 13 of 16 races, followed by Engelhart on second with 215 points and Olsen in third with 191 points.

Results race 13

1. Michael Ammermüller (D/KÜS Team75 Bernhard)
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
3. Nicholas Yelloly (GB/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
4. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Team Lechner Huber Racing)
5. Nick Foster (AUS/Konrad Motorsport)
6. David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
7. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing)
8. Sven Müller (D/Konrad Motorsport)
9. Nico Menzel (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
10. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport)
11. Philip Morin (S/Team Lechner Huber Racing)
12. Wolf Nathan (NL/Team Huber Lechner Racing)
13. Wolfgang Triller (D/Team Huber Lechner Racing)
14. Dylan Pereira (LUX/MRS GT-Racing)
15. Marek Böckmann (D/KÜS Team75 Bernhard)
16. Richy Müller (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)

Points’ standings after 13 of 16 races:

Driver classification

1. Sven Müller (D/Konrad Motorsport), 229 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 215 points
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing), 191 points

Rookie classification

1. Dennis Olsen (N/Team Lechner Huber Racing), 191 points
2. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport), 131 points
3. David Kolkmann (D/Rookie Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 125 points

Amateur classification

1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Team Huber Lechner Racing), 250 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL/Team Huber Lechner Racing), 198 points
3. Ricardo Flores Ramirez (PE/MRS GT-Racing), 156 points

Team classification

1. Konrad Motorsport, 360 points
2. Team Lechner Huber Racing, 345 points
3. MRS GT-Racing, 271 points