Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 2, Oschersleben
At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Michael Ammermüller experienced the perfect start to the season. After winning the season-opening round on Saturday, the BWT Lechner Racing driver from Germany followed up with another win on Sunday at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. At race two, Ammermüller relegated his fellow competitors Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) and Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) to position two and three respectively. “You can’t have a better start to the season than being first twice. I got faster lap by lap, the car was perfectly setup,” said Ammermüller.
As the quickest in qualifying, Ammermüller took off into the race from pole position in 14 degrees Celsius and occasional sunshine. After the start, the 32-year-old defended his position and gradually pulled clear of his pursuers. Leading the 29-strong field, Ammermüller took the flag after 19 laps. Behind the seasoned Porsche specialist, Lukas and Pereira treated spectators to a gripping duel for second place. Right from the start, Pereira put his rival under pressure. The 20-year-old overtook Lukas in lap 14 and successfully defended second place to the flag. At the same time, Pereira was the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new youth support initiative in the one-make cup. “My start wasn’t so great but afterwards I caught Robert Lukas. I waited patiently for my chance and was rewarded for it. I’m very pleased,” said Pereira.
Lukas reached the chequered flag in position three on the 3.667-kilometre track. “The race was very demanding and close. With that in mind, two podium results this weekend is a great result,” said Lukas. Fourth place went to Michael de Quesada (Team Project 1) from the USA. Behind the rookie, the Swede Henric Skoog from the Raceunion team scored fifth, with his compatriot Gustav Malja (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finishing on sixth.
Taking up the race from 15th on the grid, Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (BWT Lechner Racing) from Austria launched a pursuit. After overtaking many competitors, the 19-year-old crossed the finish line in seventh. “Starting a race amongst the midfielders on this racetrack was a difficult task. But I managed to win many direct duels and that was great fun,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur class was Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa) ahead of Kim André Hauschild (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Matthias Jeserich (D/Cito Pretiosa).
In the overall standings, Ammermüller leads the series with 50 points after two races. Behind him sit Lukas and Pereira each with 36 points. Whilst Pereira ranks first in the rookie classification with 50 points, Schmidt-Staade holds first place in the amateur class also with 50 points.
The next Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland doubleheader will be contested from 8 to 10 June in Spielberg, Austria, with the one-make cup travelling with the ADAC GT Masters to the Red Bull Ring in Styria.