Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 1, Oschersleben
Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) has made a great start to the season: At race one of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the German swept over the finish line in first place. Behind his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) finished on second place, with Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) concluding Saturday’s race in third. “The decisive factor was that I got off the line well. Afterwards I didn’t have as much pressure from behind, which gave me more confidence,” said Ammermüller.
Despite light rain in the morning, the track surface was dry for the race and the 29 vehicles lined up on the grid with slicks. Ammermüller converted his pole position into an early lead, however when two vehicles made contact in lap two the safety car had to be deployed. As the race went green, Ammermüller again defended his spot from Lukas who had started from position two. The driver from Rotthalmünster concluded round one of the season 2.4 seconds ahead of Lukas. “I was really fast from the start,” said Lukas, “but over the course of the race I couldn’t match Michael Ammermüller’s pace and had to keep my eye on the rear-view mirror.”
Behind the driver from Bystra in Poland, Pereira took the flag in third place. The 20-year-old squeezed past Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) in the first lap and defended his position to the flag. For this, Pereira was classified as the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new young driver initiative in the national one-make cup series. “Obviously I wanted to secure second, but Robert Lukas drove a flawless race. Overtaking at Oschersleben isn’t easy so I’m thrilled with third place,” said Pereira. Ten Voorde finished the race in fourth, half a second behind the Luxembourg racer. Position five went to Sweden’s Henric Skoog (Raceunion) ahead of Jacob Eidson (Team Project 1) from the USA.
Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing) started from position 14 and crossed the finish line in eleventh. “After a difficult qualifying I didn’t want to risk too much in the race because I wanted to finish in the points. Overtaking in the competitive midfield was incredibly tough,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur class was Jörn Schmidt-Staade (Cito Pretiosa). In this category, the German relegated his two compatriots Kim André Hauschild (MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Matthias Jeserich (Cito Pretiosa) to positions two and three.
Race two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is also contested as support to the ADAC GT Masters in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The race in the Magdeburg Börde starts on Sunday at 11.40 hrs.