05/07/2017

Double victory for Dennis Olsen at the Hockenheimring

Dennis Olsen (Konrad Motorsport) has made a perfect start to the new Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season. After winning Saturday’s race, the 21-year-old Norwegian went on the clinch Sunday’s second heat on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.

At the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Olsen relegated the German Michael Ammermüller (raceunion Huber Racing) and Christopher Zöchling (MRS GT-Racing) from Austria to the other podium steps. “The weekend was simply perfect! The three safety car phases made it difficult to stay focused, so that makes me all the more thrilled with my victory,” said Olsen.

Directly after the start Ammermüller managed to defend his pole position but the seasoned Porsche pilot from the raceunion Huber Racing squad immediately came under pressure Olsen. In the first-turn mayhem, the situation turned critical: Several vehicles made contact and the safety car was deployed. After the racetrack went green again, Ammermüller and Olsen gave spectators a gripping performance as they battled for the lead. In lap five, the Norwegian used the slipstream to overtake his rival. Although the safety car was sent out two more times, Olsen kept a cool head and concluded the race at the front.

An excellent start

In a repeat of round one on Saturday, Ammermüller had to admit a close defeat to Olsen. “After the first safety car phase, I slid off the track slightly in the hairpin. That’s when Olsen grabbed his chance,” said the 31-year-old. Directly behind him, Zöchling secured the third grid spot: “Perhaps I could have done better today, but I also had to contend with Nick Yelloly who was breathing down my neck. I had to watch him like a hawk.” Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) took the flag in fourth place, followed closely by his teammate Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). Sixth place went to Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport), with Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing) finishing on position seven.

The Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) had an excellent start. The 18-year-old Austrian took up the race from the fourth grid spot and, with a catapult start, overtook Yelloly in the first turn. However, in the second lap, Preining lost control of his nine-eleven when he encountered radiator fluid left on the track after a collision amongst the backmarkers. “When I warmed up my tyres in the first safety car phase, I was taken by surprise by the damp track surface,” said the youngster from Linz. Preining fell back to position 18 and worked his way through the field to finish on eighth place. In ninth place, Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa) was the best amateur driver in the field.

Olsen was handed the winner’s trophy for his second win of the season by Albrecht Reimold. Like last year, the Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG visited the season-opening race weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

A look back at race 1

For Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), the season-opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland could not have gone better. The 21-year-old Norwegian won the race on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing) and Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing). This makes Olsen the first Norwegian to win a race in the 27-year history of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m absolutely over the moon! After the start I gradually found my rhythm and became faster from lap to lap. My first victory in the Carrera Cup feels fantastic,” said Olsen, who receives support from Porsche as a Junior to also contest this year’s international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The 911 GT3 Cup in Hockenheim

Pole-sitter Ammermüller got off the line well to take the lead, with Olsen, Zöchling and Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) fighting for positions behind him on 4.574-kilometre racetrack: After Zöchling cleverly fended off an attack from Preining, he proceeded to put second-placed Olsen under increasing pressure. Bumper to bumper, the two treated spectators to a thrilling duel. Olsen kept his cool, and after finally shaking off his pursuer, he closed in on Ammermüller. Until that point, the German had driven a flawless race, but in lap ten Olsen saw his chance and overtook at the exit of the hairpin. The Konrad Motorsport pilot then held on to his lead to the flag.

Adept overtaking moves

Ammermüller was unable to keep up with the swift Norwegian. “My lap times were very good at first, but Dennis Olsen pulled away and I simply couldn’t match his pace,” stated the driver for raceunion Huber Racing. Zöchling declared: “After the start I maintained contact with Dennis Olsen and I could’ve gone faster, but he simply defended himself perfectly and in the second half of the race I no longer had the speed.” Olsen received the winner’s trophy from Albrecht Reimold. Like last year, the Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG came to witness the season-opening race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Porsche Junior Thomas Preining also enjoyed a successful debut at the wheel of a nine-eleven. At just 18 years old, he posted an impressive grid position with fourth place, which he then managed to defend: “Since I didn’t quite know how the tyres would perform in the race I took things a little cautiously in the beginning. But I knew that Ryan Cullen behind me was very fast and I increased the pace. That worked perfectly.” The most exciting pursuit of the day, however, came from Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). The 26 year old took up the race from position 19 on the grid and, with adept overtaking moves, he ploughed his way through the field to finish on fifth. Position six went to his teammate Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). As the best amateur driver, Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa) finished on twelfth.

A special guest at Hockenheim was YouTuber ViscaBarca, one of Germany’s most successful social media producers with over one million subscribers. He followed race one of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland live and shared his impressions from behind the scenes of the Porsche paddock on his YouTube channel and on Instagram.

Race results

Race 1:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport)
5. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
6. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
7. David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
8. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konad Motorsport)
9. Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing)
10. Gabriele Piana (I/RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON)
11. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing)
12. Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa)
13. Richard Gonda (SK/Zele-Racing)
14. Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON)
15. Kim André Hauschild (D/Speed Lover)
16. Wolf Nathan (NL/Racing by TriSpa)
17. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa)
18. Toni Wolf (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
19. Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa)
20. Philipp Sager (A/Zele-Racing)
21. Tom Kieffer (L/BLACK FALCON)
22. Peter Scheufen (D/Cito Pretiosa)
23. Ryan Cullen (GB/raceunion Huber Racing)

Race 2:
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
5. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
6. Luca Rettenbacher (A/Konrad Motorsport)
7. Marius Nakken (N/MRS GT-Racing)
8. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport)
9. Jörn Schmidt-Staade (D/Cito Pretiosa)
10. Wolf Nathan (NL/Racing by TriSpa)
11. Philipp Sager (A/Zele-Racing)
12. Gabriele Piana (I/RN Vision Team BLACK FALCON)
13. Tom Kieffer (L/BLACK FALCON)
14. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa)
15. Peter Scheufen (D/Cito Pretiosa)
16. Toni Wolf (D/raceunion Huber Racing)
17. David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)

Points standings after 2 of 14 races:
Driver classification:

1. Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport), 50 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/raceunion Huber Racing), 40 points
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/MRS GT-Racing), 32 points

Info

The next two races of the German brand trophy series will be contested from 19 to 21 May at the Lausitzring.

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