Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 8, Norisring
Fifth victory of the season: Norwegian Dennis Olsen wins on the Norisring
On the Norisring in Nuremberg, Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Konrad Motorsport) 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 485 hp 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.
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).
After eight races, Olsen leads the overall classification with 161 points. Behind him in second place is Yelloly with 130 points. Zöchling has earned 108 points and ranks third. The top position in the rookie classification is occupied by Preining with 152 points. And Triller is the best driver in the amateur category with 96 points. Holding 227 points, the team classification is led by Konrad Motorsport.
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.
Result 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:
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
1. Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport), 152 points
2. Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 151 points
3. Henric Skoog (S/raceunion Huber Racing), 101 points
1. Wolfgang Triller (D/Huber Racing by TriSpa), 96 points
2. Carlos Rivas (L/BLACK FALCON), 83 points
3. Stefan Rehkopf (D/Cito Pretiosa), 63 points
1. Konrad Motorsport, 227 points
2. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 225 points
3. MRS GT-Racing, 157 points
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