With a flag-to-flag victory at the eighth and penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Richard Westbrook moved into the lead of the championship. The London-based racer won the sprint to the first corner against second-qualifier Jiri Janak (Czech Republic), fended off an attack in the first quarter of the race from Nicolas Armindo (France) and drove to victory with a 6.4 second advantage over the Frenchman followed by Janak.
Uwe Alzen had travelled to Barcelona heading the points, but only managed to qualify his GT3 Cup on a lowly eleventh position. Already in the first laps of the race, the seasoned Porsche professional made up five places. Sitting in sixth Alzen could not find a way around Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), who in turn successfully defended his fifth position against Alzen’s attack.
Fourth went to Lance-David Arnold (Germany). Like Alzen, Arnold kept his cool after an accident in the first corner as 35 vehicles tried to get through, and emerged from ninth place on the grid to hold fourth after the first lap to claim his best result of the season.
Ranking third before the race, Chris Mamerow (Germany) still had a slight chance to stay in the fight for the title. Through no fault of his own, the 22-year-old became entangled in an accident which dashed his hopes in going for the title at the ninth and final round on the Hockenheim.
After claiming his fifth win of the season, Richard Westbrook holds a one-point advantage over second-placed Uwe Alzen. On 14 October on the Hockenheimring the duo will fight for the title.
Richard Westbrook (winner): “A good start, a perfect race and a perfect car. Things couldn’t look better for the final and for the fans. Uwe or me – whoever is better in Hockenheim will be champion.”
Nicolas Armindo (second): “As always I had a super start. But Jiri put me under quite some pressure. I could only really catch my breath towards the end when he was hampered whilst lapping slower cars. I decided right from the start not to go for Richard in order to conserve my tyres.”
Jiri Janak (third): “I’m absolutely thrilled with my first podium result in the Carrera Cup Deutschland. Still, my race wasn’t 100 percent perfect. At the start my wheels spun too much and towards the end three slower drivers got in my way. But it’s a fantastic feeling to climb the winners’ rostrum.!”
Uwe Alzen (sixth): “We were too slow today. It wouldn’t have made sense to attack Jeroen Bleekemolen.”