Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 5, Nürburgring
Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing) is the winner of round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. On the Nürburgring in Germany’s Eifel region, the Porsche Junior celebrated his third win of the season, which was contested with the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. “It felt great to dominate the race. Starting from pole position and getting away well off the line proved decisive, and I managed to defend my lead against the 43 other competitors,” said Preining. Second place on the Eifel racetrack went to Jaap van Lagen (Förch Racing) from the Netherlands. His compatriot Larry ten Voorde (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) completed the podium after clinching third in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
After the legendary Porsche Carrera World Cup in 2011, the German one-make cup was joined by the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia for the second time. 44 drivers from eleven countries treated motor racing fans in the grandstands to gripping duels and many overtaking manoeuvres. In sunshine and a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, Preining converted his pole position into the lead. Over the course of the race, the youngster from Linz in Austria gradually pulled clear from the rest of the field. After 19 laps, Preining swept over the finish line 5.9 seconds ahead of van Lagen. The 20-year-old was handed the trophy on the podium by the former WRC champion Stig Blomqvist. Porsche specialist van Lagen took up the race from the second grid spot and defended his position to the flag. “My plan was to overtake Thomas Preining at the start, but I didn’t get off the line as well and afterwards Thomas was too fast. I’ll attack again on Sunday,” said van Lagen.
Dutch racer ten Voorde celebrated his third podium result so far this season. The 21-year-old crossed the finish line 2.8 seconds shy of van Lagen. “Unfortunately I made a mistake at the start and lost two positions. The gaps amongst the midfielders were tight. I kept pushing and managed to take back third place,” said ten Voorde. Fourth was occupied by Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing). Taking up the race from ninth, the current leader of the champion made up five places over the course of the race. Sweden’s Henric Skoog from Team Raceunion came fifth.
Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) also put in a spirited charge: The 21-year-old started from twelfth on the grid and concluded the race on sixth place. This makes Pereira the best rookie on the 3.629-kilometre sprint track of the Nürburgring. Seventh place went to 24-year-old Marius Nakken (MRS GT-Racing) from Norway, followed by Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) on P8. Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team TMD Friction) took first place in the amateur class, with Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa) on second and his German teammate Stefan Rehkopf on third.
In the championship, Ammermüller still ranks first after five races. After two victories, the 32-year-old has earned 103 points. Preining sits second 14 points in arrears. Third place is occupied by ten Voorde. The driver from Boekelo in the Netherlands has 69 points to his credit.
Round six of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will also be contested with the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. The race at the Nürburgring takes off on Sunday at 11.45 hrs local time.
Result race 5 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland:
1. Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
4. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
5. Henric Skoog (S/Raceunion)
6. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing)
7. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing)
8. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing)
9. Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport)
10. Lukas Ertl (D/Raceunion)
Points standings after 5 of 14 races:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 103 points
2. Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing), 89 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 69 points