High suspense in the title fight at the season finale of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Dylan Pereira netted his sixth win of the season. Larry ten Voorde reached the finish line in second place ahead of Leon Köhler.
This means that only four points separate the series leader ten Voorde and his hottest pursuer Pereira (Luxembourg/Förch Racing) in the overall standings. At the decisive race on Sunday, a maximum of 25 points are up for grabs. “Thanks to my super start I immediately took the lead. Towards the end, Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Nebulus Racing by Huber) was right on my bumper. To be honest, I was a little nervous at that point, but I kept my focus so that everything is still open in the championship,” said Pereira.
In bright sunshine and outside temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius, polesitter Laurin Heinrich (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport) led the grid line-up. At the start, Pereira was wide awake and ready to pounce in his 485-hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: At the first corner, the 23-year-old swept past the rookie. Ten Voorde also overtook Heinrich in the first lap. Frontrunner Pereira initially managed to pull clear, but the final laps turned into a nail-biter for the win.
The Huber driver ten Voorde loomed large in Pereira’s rear-view mirror and attempted to rattle the leader. The Förch driver, however, kept his wits about him and beat ten Voorde to the flag by 0.6 seconds. “I did everything I could to win this race, but Dylan defended himself well. I’m the hunted in the championship, and that role feels great. Everything is open and I’m looking forward to the final race,” said ten Voorde.
Heinrich’s race ended early in the second lap. While running in third place, the 19-year-old drove through coolant that had leaked from a competitor’s vehicle and slid off the track into the barriers. As a consequence, the field lined up behind the Porsche Taycan Turbo safety car. Köhler (Germany/T3/HRT Motorsport) profited from his teammate’s accident and inherited third place. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t match the pace of the leaders but I’m still happy with this result.
It’d be great to conclude the season on Sunday with another podium finish,” outlined Köhler. With his performance, the 21-year-old was the best driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup Talent Pool, the junior development programme in the one-make cup. Securing fourth place on the 3.667-kilometre racetrack in the southwest of Magdeburg, Joey Mawson (Australia/Fach Auto Tech) achieved his best result so far this season.