Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 4, Spielberg/Austria
The Carrera Cup weekend at the Red Bull Ring could not have gone better for Thomas Preining (BWT Lechner Racing). After clinching his first win of the season on Saturday, the Austrian again crossed the finish line first at Spielberg on Sunday. “That was a perfect weekend. Michael Ammermüller put me under pressure at the start, but I stayed calm and I didn’t give him a chance to overtake,” said Preining. Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) from Germany scored second place in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Third place at round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland went to Larry ten Voorde (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) from the Netherlands.
Preining took off into the race from pole position in the 35-strong field in sunshine and a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. The 19-year-old managed to defend his lead off the line. Starting from the second grid spot, Ammermüller stuck close to his teammate’s bumper. Additional suspense was provided by the safety car, which was deployed in lap five. Although the field bunched up, Preining refused to relinquish his lead over the entire distance. After 17 laps, the youngster from Linz took the flag as the winner with a 1.1-second advantage over Ammermüller. This also made him the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, the junior development programme of the one-make cup. “In the first lap I stuck close to Thomas Preining, but I couldn’t find a way past him. On top of that I had to keep an eye on the tyre temperature, as it increases in the slipstream,” said Ammermüller.
On the rollercoaster circuit in Styria, ten Voorde achieved third. “I’m really pleased to be on the podium in such a large field. The gaps between us were small and the race was great fun,” said ten Voorde. One second behind the 21-year-old, the French guest driver Florian Latorre (Martinet by ALMERAS) crossed the finish line in fourth. Fifth place went to Igor Walilko (Raceunion). The Polish driver ended the race on the 4.318-kilometre racetrack as the best rookie. Glenn van Parijs (MRS GT-Racing) from Belgium came sixth. Dylan Pereira (Lechner Racing) treated spectators to a spirited pursuit through the field: The Luxembourger, who celebrated his 21st birthday, ploughed from 31st at the start to seventh, only to be thrown out of contention by a puncture in the ninth lap.
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