Michael Ammermüller has secured his first win of this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: the seasoned specialist won round four in Most, Czech Republic, from pole position at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Larry ten Voorde, the winner of Saturday’s race, scored second place.
“At the restart I decided to accelerate early. That was the right strategy. I was then faster than my rivals and could bring home a safe victory,” asserted Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing). Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), the winner of Saturday’s race, scored second place, with Dylan Pereira (Lechner Racing Team) from Luxembourg claiming the third podium step.
Under blue skies and in temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius, Ammermüller defended his front spot after the start. However, in the sprint to the first corner, several cars at the back of the field collided. As a result, the race had to be stopped to salvage the vehicles. When the race went green again on the Autodrom Most, Ammermüller kept his cool and immediately pulled clear of ten Voorde. The German then drove to a commanding victory.
For 22-year-old ten Voorde, there was no chance to oust the Lechner driver from his lead position. “Michael Ammermüller accelerated early after the safety car phase, which took me a little by surprise. But with a view to the championship, it was a successful weekend for me,” said ten Voorde.
For the first time this season, Pereira climbed the podium. The Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) achieved fourth place. “Obviously I’d have preferred to stand on the podium but after the long break there wasn’t a lot of time to attack. I tried everything, but by the end my tyres weren’t in the best condition,” explained Andlauer.
Position five on the 4.212-kilometre circuit in the north of the Czech Republic went to Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing). Taking up the race from seventh on the grid, Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) made up one position to become the best rookie. “The restart after the race was red-flagged took place behind the safety car. For this reason it was difficult to make up positions early in the race. My lap times were pretty good and every point towards the championship is valuable,” said the 22-year-old Porsche Junior. Seventh place was occupied by Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber) ahead of his Swedish teammate Henric Skoog.
Repeating Saturday’s result, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon Team Textar) snatched victory in the amateur classification. Behind the Luxembourger came Georgi Donchev (BG/Huber Racing) and Andreas Sczepansky (D/QA Racing by Kurt Ecke Motorsport). Since less than 75 percent of the race distance had been covered before the red flag came out, the drivers earned only half the number of points. Ten Voorde leads the championship with 85 points followed by Andlauer in second with 43.5 points. Thanks to his win, Ammermüller moves up into third place with 35.5 points to his credit.
The fifth and sixth race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will also be contested as support to the ADAC GT Masters. For the next doubleheader, the national one-make series travels to Spielberg in Austria. There, the three drivers Nicolas Schöll (Vienna), Sebastian Daum (Dornbirn) and Luca Rettenbacher (Eugendorf) compete on the Red Bull Ring in front of home crowds. The Lechner Racing team also comes from Austria. The squad has its headquarters in the Salzburg region in the municipality of Faistenau.
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
4. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
6. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
7. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
8. Henric Skoog (S/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
9. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
10. Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon)
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 85 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 43.5 points
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 37.5 points
Larry ten Voorde (Overdrive Racing by Huber) continues his winning streak in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: At the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic, the Dutchman celebrated his third win of the season on Saturday. Behind ten Voorde’s 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) and Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) occupied the other two podium spots. “My start was great and I just managed to pull clear of Michael Ammermüller. We then got into a fierce duel, but we both kept it fair at all times. After the restart I was able to open the gap and didn’t make any mistakes,” said ten Voorde.
This marks the first time in the 30-year history of the national one-make cup that a championship race is held on the racetrack in northern Bohemia. Under sunny skies and in temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius, ten Voorde made a cracking start and immediately got past pole-sitter Ammermüller. However, the Lechner driver refused to give up and looked for a gap to make a counter move. The safety car phase, however, initially thwarted Ammermüller’s attempts.
Ten Voorde used the restart to pull clear of his pursuers. After 17 laps, the 22-year-old crossed the finish line in first place. Andlauer reached the chequered flag in second place after overtaking his teammate Ammermüller in lap eleven. “I can easily live with this result. Michael Ammermüller was actually a little faster than me, but in such a situation you just have to wait for a mistake,” said Andlauer.
Third position for Ammermüller
Ammermüller expressed his disappointment after the race: “I could definitely have done better. In the first laps I was faster than Larry ten Voorde – but I had to back off because of the safety car. After the restart I made a mistake and slid slightly onto the gravel. Unfortunately, it was only good for third place.” Fourth position went to the best rookie Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR). “Fourth gives me confidence for Sunday’s race. My start was pretty good and I managed to make up one position at the start, which I then lost in the first lap unfortunately. Ultimately, the decisive factor was that I managed to avoid a collision in front of me between two cars,” concluded the Porsche Junior from New Zealand.
Dylan Pereira (Lechner Racing Team) took the flag on the 4.212-kilometre racetrack in position five. Finishing behind the Luxembourger were Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing) and David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon). Ninth place was occupied by Germany’s Jannes Fittje (Team Project 1 – JBR). With this result, the 19-year-old was the best driver from the Talent Pool, the support programme of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team) rounded off the top ten finishers.
Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar) claimed the honour as the best driver in the amateur class. Second in this category went to Germany’s Matthias Jeserich (Cartech Motorsport by Nigrin) followed by his compatriot Stefan Rehkopf (Huber Racing).
Race 3 of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland at Most
Thanks to his three victories so far this season, ten Voorde leads the championship standings. With 75 points, the youngster from Boekelo in the Netherlands is ahead of 19-year-old Andlauer, who has 37 points to his credit. Third place is occupied by van Lagen with 29 points. Race four of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will also be contested in Most. The race, which runs as support to the ADAC GT Masters, takes off on Sunday at 13:25 hrs local time.
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
4. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
5. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
6. Igor Walilko (PL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
7. Jaap van Lagen (NL/FÖRCH Racing)
8. David Kolkmann (D/Black Falcon)
9. Jannes Fittje (D/Team Project 1 – JBR)
10. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (F/Lechner Racing Team)
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 75 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 37 points
3. Jaap van Lagen (NL/FÖRCH Racing), 29 points