Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 1, Hockenheim
For Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), the season-opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland could not have gone better. The 21-year-old Norwegian won the race on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) and Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing). This makes Olsen the first Norwegian to win a race in the 27-year history of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m absolutely over the moon! After the start I gradually found my rhythm and became faster from lap to lap. My first victory in the Carrera Cup feels fantastic,” said Olsen, who receives support from Porsche as a Junior to also contest this year’s international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Pole-sitter Ammermüller got off the line well to take the lead, with Olsen, Zöchling and Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) fighting for positions behind him on 4.574-kilometre racetrack: After Zöchling cleverly fended off an attack from Preining, he proceeded to put second-placed Olsen under increasing pressure. Bumper to bumper, the two treated spectators to a thrilling duel. Olsen kept his cool, and after finally shaking off his pursuer, he closed in on Ammermüller. Until that point, the German had driven a flawless race, but in lap ten Olsen saw his chance and overtook at the exit of the hairpin. The Konrad Motorsport pilot then held on to his lead to the flag.
Ammermüller was unable to keep up with the swift Norwegian. “My lap times were very good at first, but Dennis Olsen pulled away and I simply couldn’t match his pace,” stated the driver for raceunion Huber Racing. Zöchling declared: “After the start I maintained contact with Dennis Olsen and I could’ve gone faster, but he simply defended himself perfectly and in the second half of the race I no longer had the speed.” Olsen received the winner’s trophy from Albrecht Reimold. Like last year, the Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG came to witness the season-opening race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Porsche Junior Thomas Preining also enjoyed a successful debut at the wheel of a nine-eleven. At just 18 years old, he posted an impressive grid position with fourth place, which he then managed to defend: “Since I didn’t quite know how the tyres would perform in the race I took things a little cautiously in the beginning. But I knew that Ryan Cullen behind me was very fast and I increased the pace.
That worked perfectly.” The most exciting pursuit of the day, however, came from Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). The 26 year old took up the race from position 19 on the grid and, with adept overtaking moves, he ploughed his way through the field to finish on fifth. Position six went to his teammate Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). As the best amateur driver, Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa) finished on twelfth.
A special guest at Hockenheim was YouTuber ViscaBarca, one of Germany’s most successful social media producers with over one million subscribers. He followed race one of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland live and shared his impressions from behind the scenes of the Porsche paddock on his YouTube channel and on Instagram. Race two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is contested on Sunday at 9.10 hrs.
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