Dylan Pereira (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) secured his third victory this season at round eleven of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the Lausitzring, the Luxembourger crossed the finish line first after an action-packed race on Saturday with rain setting in during the final minutes on Saturday. “After my poor start, I didn’t expect to win the race. But I knew I had to keep my cool under such conditions and that paid eventually paid off,” says Pereira.
Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing) celebrated his first podium result of the season with second place. His fellow countryman Loek Hartog (Black Falcon) followed him over the line in third. Alexander Pollich, CEO at Porsche Deutschland GmbH, witnessed the race as part of the ADAC GT Masters support programme live and presented the winner’s trophies.
Three safety car phases and intense battles for positions made for an eventful race on Saturday. In drizzly conditions, pole-setter Bastian Buus (Allied-Racing) won the sprint to the first corner in his 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup but slid off the wet track into the gravel trap shortly afterwards. Seventeen-year-old Morris Schuring (SSR Huber Racing) moved into the lead but immediately had to relinquish it to Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite). The Dutchman then controlled the action until the final laps. Two decisive situations emerged in the last two laps: Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) swept past Pereira and ten Voorde. In a tight pack, the trio tried to squeeze through the first corner, Heinrich spun after a nudge and Pereira drove to victory shortly afterwards.
Penalty for Larry ten Voorde
Ten Voorde crossed the finish line in second place but was subsequently handed a 30-second penalty for causing the collision with Heinrich. As a result, the 25-year-old was classified as 23rd. With second place, van Buren scored his first top-3 result of the season. “What a race. The track surface was wet and slippery but I like driving in the rain,” says van Buren. His Huber Racing squad had another reason to celebrate. The Lausitzring event was the 100th Carrera Cup race for Christoph Huber’s team – a milestone for the outfit from Neuburg am Inn in Bavaria. A total of 30 different drivers have contested the one-make cup for the team, which was founded in 2016. Huber Racing’s greatest success to date was Larry ten Voorde’s overall victory in 2020.
The trophy for third place went to Hartog. Following him over the finish line on the racetrack in Germany’s southern Brandenburg was Daan van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite), Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing). Schuring secured seventh place. Huub van Eijndhoven (Netherlands/GP Elite) came eighth as the best rookie, with Heinrich finishing ninth. “I started from seventh on the grid but managed to catch up to the leading pack early on and I even took the lead towards the end. Unfortunately, just before the finish, I was hit by another car,” states Heinrich. The Würzburg driver still leads the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland after eleven races. With 202 points, Heinrich sits at the top of the leaderboard ahead of ten Voorde (172 points) and Pereira (165 points).
In the ProAm class, Jan-Erik Slooten remains on course to claim the trophy. Driving for IronForce Racing by Phoenix, the German won his class on the 3.478-kilometre racetrack north of Dresden ahead of his two compatriots Kim Hauschild (HRT Performance) and Sören Spreng (Black Falcon).
Result race 11, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
2. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
3. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
4. Daan van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite)
5. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing)
6. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
7. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
8. Huub van Eijndhoven (Netherlands/GP Elite)
9. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
10. Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
Race 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
The performance curve of Dylan Pereira (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) continues on an upward trajectory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The Luxembourger won race twelve on Sunday ahead of Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing). “I managed to pull away from the pack in the beginning but then Larry ten Voorde gradually drew closer. It was a close duel but we’ve known each other for years and I knew that he always plays fair, even in the fight for the lead. The bid for the title is still wide open,” says Pereira. On Saturday, Pereira also climbed to the top step of the podium and has now notched up three wins in a row. A total of 21,500 visitors watched the race live at the track – a new record for an ADAC GT Masters event at the Lausitzring.
Lights to flag victory
Pereira drove his 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to a lights-to-flag victory. After the 25-year-old managed to pull clear of the 30-strong pack at the start, in the final laps Pereira and ten Voorde treated spectators to a gripping duel. The two-time Carrera Cup champion increased the pressure on the leader but ultimately had to settle for second place after 22 laps. “I made up one position. Perhaps I could’ve risked a little more in the end but second place is a good result,” admits ten Voorde.
Series leader Heinrich worked his way up the order from seventh on the grid to third place. “For me, it was about making up as many positions as possible. It’s fantastic that we ended up on the podium. All in all, it was a successful weekend because I managed to extend my championship lead,” says Heinrich. Fourth place went to his teammate Morris Schuring (Netherlands). Behind the 17-year-old, six drivers battled for fifth place. Spectators in the grandstands witnessed many slipstream duels and swapping of positions. Ultimately, Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon) claimed fifth place and was followed over the line by Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing), Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing), Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing). The Dutchman Huub van Eijndhoven (GP Elite) rounded off the top ten as the best rookie.
In the ProAm class, Georgi Donchev (Huber Racing) celebrated first place. This was the maiden victory of the season for the Bulgarian and the second class win ever in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The two Germans Kim Hauschild (HRT Performance) and Jan-Erik Slooten (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) also made it onto the podium at the race on the 3.478-kilometre circuit.
“The two races on the Lausitzring were typical for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. We saw a lot of duels, not only among the frontrunners but across the entire field. I’m delighted that we were able to play our part in the successful ‘Family and Friends Festival’ with the races and activities in the paddock,” says Hurui Issak, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Project Manager.
Over and above the racing, fans at the Lausitzring also got their money’s worth with other activities. The “Family and Friends Festival” was an exciting event for the whole family. In the paddock of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, visitors could enjoy a waffle while admiring historic models of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and a “Walk of Champions” with large stickers of the 32 Carrera Cup champions. In addition, the eight Talent Pool drivers of the one-make cup demonstrated their skill in a challenge with joystick-controlled electric karts.
Next up on the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland calendar is the Sachsenring doubleheader event in five weeks. Races 13 and 14 will be contested in the German town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal from 23-25 September as support to the ADAC GT Masters event. Heinrich travels to southwest Saxony as the championship leader with 218 points. Ten Voorde ranks second with 192 points followed by Pereira (190).
Result race 12, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
4. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
5. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
6. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
7. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing)
8. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
9. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
10. Huub van Eijndhoven (Netherlands/GP Elite)
Points standings after 12 of 16 races
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 218 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 192 points
3. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix), 190 points
Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG