“To win in front of your fans feels very special. I got off the line really well. Afterwards, I had to get through two safety car phases but in the final minutes I managed to bring home a safe victory,” says ten Voorde. At the race run as support to the ADAC GT Masters, the 25-year-old shared the podium with Bastian Buus (Allied-Racing) from Denmark and Porsche-Junior Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) in second and third respectively.
In temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius and sunshine, the 31-strong field took off with polesitter ten Voorde at the front. Right from the outset, a trio of ten Voorde, Buus and Heinrich fought for the top spot. Two safety cars added extra excitement, resulting in the field of 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup bunching together. After several overtaking attempts, Buus reacted with lightning speed after the second restart, catapulted out of ten Voorde’s slipstream and pulled level with the frontrunner. Ten Voorde, however, defended his lead and beat Buus to the flag to claim his second win of the season. “After the restart, Larry ten Voorde made a little mistake but unfortunately I couldn’t capitalise on it. Still, three podium results from the last four races is a super trend,” concluded Buus, who is one of the Talent Pool drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Heinrich rounded off the podium in third place and thus finished in the top three for the seventh time. “It was important that I was able to make up two places early in the race. All in all, the first half of the season has gone extremely well. Except for one race, I’ve climbed the podium every time,” says the series leader Heinrich. Claiming fourth place, Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing) achieved his best result of the year so far. His fellow countrymen Jesse van Kuijk and Max van Splunteren (both GP Elite) secured positions five and six. With this result, four Dutch drivers finished in the top six at their home race. Jukka Honkavuori (ID Racing) from Finland concluded the race on the 4.259-kilometre track in seventh, with Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) coming from twelfth on the grid to finish in eighth place.
On the racetrack at the North Sea, which snakes through the Zandvoort dunes, Jan-Erik Slooten (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) brought home his fourth victory in the ProAm category. The German won his class ahead of Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon) and Georgi Donchev (Bulgaria/Huber Racing).
Heinrich leads the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
After the race weekend in Zandvoort, Heinrich leads the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland at midseason. With four wins and 169 points, the 20-year-old lies ahead of the defending championship ten Voorde (137 points) and Buus (118 points). In the ProAm class, Slooten ranks first. The best rookie after eight of 16 races is Lorcan Hanafin (Great Britain/Fach Auto Tech). SSR Huber Racing leads the team category.
“The two races in Zandvoort were action-packed with overtaking manoeuvres and a great way to wrap up the first half of the season. Seven different drivers have climbed the podium so far this season. This also promises an exciting battle at the top at the next eight races,” says Hurui Issak, Project Manager Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
After a six-week summer break, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will head to the Nürburgring from 5 to 7 August. In Germany’s Eifel region, rounds nine and ten will be contested as part of the ADAC GT Masters support programme. IronForce Racing by Phoenix and Black Falcon have a short journey to the track. The two teams are based in Meuspath, just a few kilometres away from the Nürburgring.
Result race 8, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
2. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
4. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
5. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
6. Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
7. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing)
8. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
9. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
10. Lorcan Hanafin (Great Britain/Fach Auto Tech)
Points standings after 8 of 16 races
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 169 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 137 points
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing), 118 points
Fourth win of the season and series lead extended: Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich continues his top form in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At the Circuit Zandvoort, the German won round seven on Saturday. It’s difficult to overtake on this narrow track. So I immediately put the pressure on at the start and reaped the rewards. It was a hectic race but I managed to use the safety car phase to get my tyres back into the ideal temperature window,” says Heinrich. The second and third podium steps at the race run as support to the ADAC GT Masters were occupied by Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing).
With a 31-strong field of 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the start of the race proved eventful. In the first corner, several vehicles collided, which resulted in an interruption lasting several minutes. Shortly after the restart, Heinrich snatched the lead after squeezing past polesitter ten Voorde on the inside. Despite two safety car phases, the 20-year-old kept his cool and took the flag in first place after 14 laps. Ten Voorde was unable to put any serious pressure on Heinrich, with the 25-year-old ultimately taking the flag at his home race 0.6 seconds behind the winner. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get off to a good start at the restart, and that proved decisive. In the race, I managed to match Laurin Heinrich’s pace but I just couldn’t find a chance to get past him,” stated ten Voorde.
Buus was delighted with his third podium finish of the season. “My goal was to finish in the top three, so I’m happy with this result. At times, I managed to get close to Larry ten Voorde but I didn’t want to risk losing my position with a rash move,” says the Dane. Positions four and five went to Lucas Groeneveld (GP Elite) from the Netherlands and rookie Alexander Tauscher (Allied-Racing) – the best result by now for the pair in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing) finished in sixth place but was subsequently handed a 30-second penalty for jumping the start. Putting in a spirited charge through the field, Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon) ploughed from 16th on the grid to finish in sixth place. His fellow countryman Max van Splunteren (Team GP Elite) scored seventh ahead of Lorcan Hanafin (Great Britain/Fach Auto Tech).
In the ProAm category, Kim Hauschild (HRT Performance) initially took the lead. However, the German had to park his Cup-911 early in the pits with a puncture. As a result, Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix) won this classification on the 4.259-kilometre racetrack on the North Sea Coast ahead of his compatriots Sören Spreng (Black Falcon) and Christof Langer (Fach Auto Tech).
Thanks to his win, Heinrich maintains his lead in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland after seven of 16 rounds with 153 points. Defending champion ten Voorde ranks second (112 points) ahead of Buus (98 points). Round eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes off on Sunday at 2.40 pm local time and is broadcast live by the free German TV station NITRO. RTL Deutschland broadcasts from Zandvoort from 2.15 pm. Fans can watch the race via live stream on RTL+, on the Facebook and YouTube channels of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as well as in the Porsche Motorsport Hub.
Result race 7, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
4. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
5. Alexander Tauscher (Germany/Allied-Racing)
6. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
7. Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
8. Lorcan Hanafin (Great Britain/Fach Auto Tech)
9. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
10. Lukas Ertl (Germany/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
Points standings after 7 of 16 races
1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 153 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 112 points
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing), 98 points