Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 7, Norisring
Maiden victory for Nick Yelloly from Great Britain
On the Norisring in Nuremberg, Nick Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) clinched his maiden victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Briton beat Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport) and Christian Engelhart (D/BLACK FALCON) to the finish line on Saturday. “My first win in a GT car feels phenomenal. The duel with Dennis Olsen was intense, but we solved it professionally,” said Yelloly.
Olsen took up the race on the 2.3-kilometre street circuit from pole position. The 21-year-old Konrad Motorsport pilot, however, lost the sprint against Yelloly to the first corner. As the race went on, the two pulled clear of the field and delivered a spirited duel for the top spot. After several attempts to overtake, Olsen pulled alongside Yelloly’s vehicle on the finish straight in the eighteenth lap, where both cars swapped some paint. The 26-year-old driver for the Deutsche Post by Project 1 squad defended his lead and held on to it to the flag after 27 laps. “Nick Yelloly got the better start and that proved decisive. I tried everything to get past him, but Nick just didn’t make any mistakes. Still, second place earns plenty of points towards the championship,” said Olsen.
Behind the leading pair, Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) and Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing) finished in positions three and four. When the race finished, both seasoned Porsche specialists were handed a ten-second penalty for a jump start. As a result, third place went to Christian Engelhart, who had taken up the race from sixth place. “I got off the line well at the start. My car was setup perfectly, but it’s really difficult to overtake on this racetrack,” said the 30 year old. Uwe Brettel, Director Porsche Motorsport Sales, followed the seventh round of the one-make race series live at the racetrack and awarded the trophies at the podium ceremony.
Ryan Cullen (GB/raceunion Huber Racing) came fourth behind Engelhart. As the best rookie, Dutchman Larry Ten Voorde (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finished on fifth ahead of Gabriele Piana (RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON) from Italy. Due to his penalty, Ammermüller occupied seventh place. After Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Konrad Motorsport) posted third in qualifying, the Austrian crossed the finish line in eighth place at his first race on the Norisring. “After the start I lost places unfortunately, which I hadn’t expected. I managed to work my way back up the field a bit by overtaking, which is somewhat encouraging for Sunday’s race,” said the youngster from Linz in Austria. The best driver in the amateur classification was Germany’s Wolfgang Triller from Huber Racing by TriSpa, followed by Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON) and Wolf Nathan (NL/Huber Racing by TriSpa).
Olsen leads the overall ranking after seven races with 136 points and four victories. With this, the Konrad Motorsport pilot heads into the second half of the season as the front-runner. Yelloly lies in second place with 110 points. Behind him, Zöchling ranks third with 98 points. The top driver in the rookie classification with 131 points is Ten Voorde. Triller has earned 81 points towards the amateur category, which puts him in the lead of his class. In the team classification, the Deutsche Post by Project 1 squad ranks first with 192 points.
Race eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes off on Sunday at 13.05 hrs.
Results race 7:
1. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
2. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
3. Christian Engelhart (D/BLACK FALCON)
4. Ryan Cullen (GB/raceunion Huber Racing)
5. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
6. Gabriele Piana (I/RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON)
7. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
8. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport)
Points’ standings after 7 of 14 races:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), 136 points
2. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 110 points
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing), 98 points
1. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 131 points
2. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport), 127 points
3. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing), 88 points
1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa), 81 points
2. Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON), 78 points
3. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa), 51 points
1. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 192 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 186 points
3. MRS GT-Racing, 140 points