Nick Yelloly wins rain race on the Nürburgring

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 9, Nürburgring

Nick Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) scored his second win of the season at round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the Nürburgring, the racing driver from Great Britain crossed the finish line first on Saturday in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport) and Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing). “I love driving in the rain. After the start I patiently waited for the right moment to overtake Christopher Zöchling. That was the decisive factor for my victory,” said Yelloly.All morning, rain swept across the Eifel region, and at the start a light shower fell. With a temperature of eleven degrees Celsius and a wet track surface, the vehicles went out on wet tyres. Yelloly took up the race from the second grid spot and immediately put pole-sitter Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing) under pressure. In lap seven, the 26-year-old Briton used Zöchling’s slipstream to overtake, before settling in at the front of the field to bring home victory after 15 laps. Olsen, who started from fourth on the grid, finished in second place behind the Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 pilot. The Norwegian treated spectators to intense but fair fights with Ammermüller and finally swept past the seasoned Porsche specialist in lap ten. “The conditions today were very challenging. I lost a position at the start, so that makes me even more thrilled to have finished in second place,” said Olsen.Nick Yelloly wins rain race on the Nürburgring

On the 3.629-kilometer circuit, 31-year-old Ammermüller crossed the finish line in third place. “My goal was to secure a podium spot and I did that. I knew it wouldn’t be easy from the sixth starting position – especially in rain. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to match Dennis Olsen’s pace, but I’m still happy with third,” said Ammermüller. Fourth place went to 30-year-old Christian Engelhart (BLACK FALCON) from Germany, with Zöchling in fifth. Sixth place on the storied racetrack in Germany’s hilly Eifel region was claimed by the 23-year-old Kuwaiti Zaid Ashkanani from MRS GT-Racing.

The race for Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Konrad Motorsport) was marked by misfortune. The 19-year-old from Linz in Austria started from the 15th grid spot and had to retire in lap seven after making contact with another vehicle. “That’s really upsetting because, of course, I’d expected much more. We’ll have another look at what happened and then I’ll turn my attention to Sunday’s race,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur classification was Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa) ahead of his compatriots Stefan Rehkopf (Cito Pretiosa) and Jörn Schmidt-Staade (Cito Pretiosa).

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