Jul 2, 2017

Dennis Olsen wins on the Norisring

On the Norisring in Nuremberg, Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen secured first place at round eight of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Notching up his fifth win so far this season on Sunday, the 21-year-old extends his lead in the championship.

Behind Olsen’s (N/Konrad Motorsport) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finished on second, with Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) on third. “It’s a long way to the first corner, so getting a good start was extremely important. Afterwards, I managed to pull clear which gave me a real boost in confidence. Winning on this demanding circuit feels really good,” said Olsen. 

Heading into the race from pole position, Olsen succeeded in defending his top spot. The pilot from the Norwegian town of Våler kept a cool head on the track known for its different types of asphalt to take the flag in first place. Preining made a catapult start off the line from the third grid spot and beat Yelloly in the sprint to the first corner. But the driver from Great Britain stuck close to the rear of Preining’s Porsche and put the youngster under immense pressure. In lap 16, Yelloly grabbed his chance to sweep past Preining in the Dutzendteich hairpin and regain second place. The Deutsche Post by Project 1 pilot held on to this position and refused to relinquish it to the flag after 35 laps. “I had to be patient while I was behind Thomas Preining. After my win on Saturday, second place rounds up the weekend brilliantly,” said Yelloly. 

Thomas Preining as the best rookie

Clinching third place, 18-year-old Preining, as the best rookie, celebrated his first podium result in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m absolutely thrilled with third place. The race was extremely demanding. In the end I had to pull out all stops to fend off Christian Engelhart,” said the Porsche Junior. Crossing the finish line almost one second behind the junior driver from Linz, seasoned Porsche specialist Christian Engelhart (D/BLACK FALCON) achieved fourth place. 20-year-old Rookie Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) saw the flag in fifth, with Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing) in sixth. The best driver in the amateur classification was Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa) ahead of his compatriots Stefan Rehkopf (Cito Pretiosa) and Jörn Schmidt-Staade (Cito Pretiosa). 

A look back at race 7

“My first win in a GT car feels phenomenal. The duel with Dennis Olsen was intense, but we solved it professionally,” said Yelloly (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport) 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.

The winner at the Norisring: Nick Yelloly

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 (D/BLACK FALCON), 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

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 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)

Race 8:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
3. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport)
4. Christian Engelhart (D/BLACK FALCON)
5. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
6. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing)
7. David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
8. Gabriele Piana (I/RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON)
9. Ryan Cullen (GB/raceunion Huber Racing)
10. Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing)

Points’ standings after 8 of 14 races:
Drivers’ classification:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), 161 points
2. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 130 points
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing), 108 points

Info

The next two races of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland will be contested as part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) from 14 to 16 July at the Nürburgring. The national one-make race series takes part in two invitation races with the Porsche Sports Cup under the title “Porsche Motorsport Race Weekend”. Although no championship points will be awarded for this double-header event, the weekend promises a large grid lineup with plenty of action.

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