04/15/2018

Michael Ammermüller scores double victory at Oschersleben

At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Michael Ammermüller experienced the perfect start to the season at the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. After winning the season-opening round on Saturday, the BWT Lechner Racing driver from Germany followed up with another win on Sunday at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

At race two, Ammermüller relegated his fellow competitors Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) and Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) to position two and three respectively. “You can’t have a better start to the season than being first twice. I got faster lap by lap, the car was perfectly setup,” said Ammermüller.

As the quickest in qualifying, Ammermüller took off into the race from pole position in 14 degrees Celsius and occasional sunshine. After the start, the 32-year-old defended his position and gradually pulled clear of his pursuers. Leading the 29-strong field, Ammermüller took the flag after 19 laps. Behind the seasoned Porsche specialist, Lukas and Pereira treated spectators to a gripping duel for second place. Right from the start, Pereira put his rival under pressure. The 20-year-old overtook Lukas in lap 14 and successfully defended second place to the flag. At the same time, Pereira was the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new youth support initiative in the one-make cup. “My start wasn’t so great but afterwards I caught Robert Lukas. I waited patiently for my chance and was rewarded for it. I’m very pleased,” said Pereira.

“The race was very demanding and close"

Lukas reached the chequered flag in position three on the 3.667-kilometre track. “The race was very demanding and close. With that in mind, two podium results this weekend is a great result,” said Lukas. Fourth place went to Michael de Quesada (Team Project 1) from the USA. Behind the rookie, the Swede Henric Skoog from the Raceunion team scored fifth, with his compatriot Gustav Malja (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finishing on sixth.

Taking up the race from 15th on the grid, Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (BWT Lechner Racing) from Austria launched a pursuit. After overtaking many competitors, the 19-year-old crossed the finish line in seventh. “Starting a race amongst the midfielders on this racetrack was a difficult task. But I managed to win many direct duels and that was great fun,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur class was Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa) ahead of Kim André Hauschild (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Matthias Jeserich (D/Cito Pretiosa).

Ammermüller leads with 50 points

In the overall standings, Ammermüller leads the series with 50 points after two races. Behind him sit Lukas and Pereira each with 36 points. Whilst Pereira ranks first in the rookie classification with 50 points, Schmidt-Staade holds first place in the amateur class also with 50 points.

Result race 2

1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing)
3. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing)
4. Michael de Quesada (USA/Team Project 1)
5. Henric Skoog (S/Raceunion)
6. Gustav Malja (S/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
7. Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing)
8. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
9. Jacob Eidson (USA/Team Project 1)
10. Tim Zimmermann (D/Black Falcon TMD Friction)

Points standings after 2 of 14 races:

Driver classification

1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 50 points
2. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing), 36 points
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing), 36 points

Rookie classification

1. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing), 50 points
2. Jacob Eidson (USA/Team Project 1), 33 points
3. Gustav Malja (S/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 29 points

Amateur classification

1. Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa), 50 points
2. Kim André Hauschild (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport), 40 points
3. Matthias Jeserich (D/Cito Pretiosa), 32 points

Review of race 1

Behind his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) finished on second place, with Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) concluding Saturday’s race in third. “The decisive factor was that I got off the line well. Afterwards I didn’t have as much pressure from behind, which gave me more confidence,” said Ammermüller.

Despite light rain in the morning, the track surface was dry for the race and the 29 vehicles lined up on the grid with slicks. Ammermüller converted his pole position into an early lead, however when two vehicles made contact in lap two the safety car had to be deployed. As the race went green, Ammermüller again defended his spot from Lukas who had started from position two. The driver from Rotthalmünster concluded round one of the season 2.4 seconds ahead of Lukas. “I was really fast from the start,” said Lukas, “but over the course of the race I couldn’t match Michael Ammermüller’s pace and had to keep my eye on the rear-view mirror.”

“Obviously I wanted to secure second”

Behind the driver from Bystra in Poland, Pereira took the flag in third place. The 20-year-old squeezed past Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) in the first lap and defended his position to the flag. For this, Pereira was classified as the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new young driver initiative in the national one-make cup series. “Obviously I wanted to secure second, but Robert Lukas drove a flawless race. Overtaking at Oschersleben isn’t easy so I’m thrilled with third place,” said Pereira. Ten Voorde finished the race in fourth, half a second behind the Luxembourg racer. Position five went to Sweden’s Henric Skoog (Raceunion) ahead of Jacob Eidson (Team Project 1) from the USA.

Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing) started from position 14 and crossed the finish line in eleventh. “After a difficult qualifying I didn’t want to risk too much in the race because I wanted to finish in the points. Overtaking in the competitive midfield was incredibly tough,” said Preining. The best driver in the amateur class was Jörn Schmidt-Staade (Cito Pretiosa). In this category, the German relegated his two compatriots Kim André Hauschild (MSG/HRT Motorsport) and Matthias Jeserich (Cito Pretiosa) to positions two and three.

Results race 1

1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing)
4. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
5. Henric Skoog (S/Raceunion)
6. Jacob Eidson (USA/Team Project 1)
7. Igor Walilko (PL/Raceunion)
8. Gustav Malja (S/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
9. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing)
10. Toni Wolf (D/Car Collection Motorsport)

Amateur classification
1. Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa)
2. Kim André Hauschild (D/MSG/HRT Motorsport)
3. Matthias Jeserich (D/Cito Pretiosa)

Info

The next Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland doubleheader will be contested from 8 to 10 June in Spielberg, Austria, with the one-make cup travelling with the ADAC GT Masters to the Red Bull Ring in Styria.

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