Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 14, Hockenheim/Germany
Julien Andlauer wins turbulent race and remains on course for the title
Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (BWT Lechner Racing) notched up his fifth victory of the season on Sunday in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. On the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the Frenchman beat Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR) and Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) to the flag. “This win was extremely important for the championship. It was a spectacular race with many interruptions and I had no chance to pull clear,” said Andlauer. At the upcoming season finale on the Sachsenring, the championship will go down to the wire between the two Lechner drivers Andlauer (242.5 points) and Saturday’s winner Ammermüller (215 points). Fifty points are still up for grabs. Early title decisions, however, were made in the team and rookie classifications, with BWT Lechner Racing securing the team championship and Jaxon Evans taking the rookie title.
Spectators in the ADAC-GT Masters grandstands witnessed an action-packed race under blue skies and in temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius. Starting from the second grid spot, Andlauer made the best use of his nine-eleven’s 485 horsepower to snatch the lead. However, pole-sitter Evans stayed glued to the 20-year-old’s bumper. The duel for the lead was interrupted three times by safety car phases. With Andlauer unable to shake Evans off, the race remained gripping to the finish, with only 0.297 seconds separating the two Porsche Juniors at the flag. Evans, however, had plenty of reason to celebrate: “It’s great to have won the rookie class title. Unfortunately my start wasn’t so great and that was the pivotal point for my race. Afterwards I was slightly faster than Julien but there was no chance to overtake,” said Evans.
After his win on Saturday, Ammermüller concluded round 14th in third place. This earned the BWT Lechner Racing squad an early team championship title. “Because of the safety car phases there was little chance to put pressure on the leader. Still, the championship is still open. But right now we’ll celebrate winning the team classification,” said Ammermüller. Fourth place went to Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing) ahead of Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team) and Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber). Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport) launched a spirited pursuit on the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheimring circuit: The 20-year-old took up the race from the last grid spot and worked his way up the order to finish on seventh place. This effort made Köhler the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a programme for youngsters contesting the one-make cup. Eighth place was achieved by Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport).
In the amateur class, Carlos Rivas (L/Black Falcon Team Textar) claimed his sixth win of the season ahead of Stefan Rehkopf (D/Huber Racing) und Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Team Allied-Racing). Heading to the season finale at the Sachsenring (27 to 29 September), the titles for both the overall classification and the amateur class are still to be decided: Travelling to the final round with 239 points to his credit, Rivas from Luxembourg holds a narrow lead over Rehkopf (237.5 points). The doubleheader contested in Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz as support to the ADAC GT Masters will be a home race for Toni Wolf. The 20-year-old comes from Schönbrunn in the Erzgebirgskreis district.
Result race 14:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Team Project 1 – JBR)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL/Förch Racing)
5. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Team)
6. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber)
7. Leon Köhler (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
8. Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport)
9. Gustav Malja (S/Förch Racing)
10. Lukas Ertl (D/QA Racing by Kurt Ecke Motorsport)
Points’ standings after 14 of 16 races:
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 242.5 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 215 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Overdrive Racing by Huber), 175 points
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