A special achievement for Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing): At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the Porsche Junior notched up his first victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m so happy. The initial phase in the wet was a huge challenge. Larry ten Voorde put me under a lot of pressure at first, but I defended myself well and was even able to pull clear at the front,” said Güven. This victory makes the 23-year-old the first Turkish race winner in the German one-make cup. At the round as part of the ADAC GT Masters, Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing) secured positions two and three in their 510 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
As the 27 drivers rolled onto the starting grid on Michelin slicks, a brief rain shower set in. Consequently, the race started on a wet track behind the safety car. After three laps, the fully electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S headed back into the pit lane, pole-sitter Güven took the lead and immediately fended off an attack from ten Voorde in the first corner. The Phoenix Racing driver then proceeded to gradually eke out an advantage at the front of the field. After 20 laps, Güven took the flag with a 2.5-second lead over ten Voorde. “The rain made for an exciting start. You needed full concentration. Luckily, the track dried up as the race progressed. Second place earns me crucial points towards the championship,” said ten Voorde.
Heinrich scored third place on the 3.667-kilometre racetrack southwest Magdeburg. “I haven’t raced in rain much, so the first laps were hugely challenging for me. Still, it was great fun,” concluded the 19-year-old. This result makes Heinrich the best driver from the Talent Pool, a support programme for youngsters in the one-make cup. The battle for fourth place offered gripping motorsport, with six drivers just a second apart. In the end, Leon Köhler (Germany/Nebulus Racing by Huber) came out on top. The German was followed over the line by rookie Morris Schuring (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) ahead of Christopher Zöchling (Austria/Fach Auto Tech), Julian Hanses (Germany/HRT Performance) and Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin).
Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) worked his way up the order from 16th on the grid to finish in ninth. Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/GP Elite) rounded off the top ten finishers. In the ProAm class, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon Team Textar) celebrated his third victory of the season. The Luxembourger won his class ahead of Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/Phoenix Racing) and Kim Hauschild (Germany/HRT Motorsport).
After the third race, Larry ten Voorde (70 points) continues to lead the overall ranking of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Position two is occupied by Laurin Heinrich (56 points) followed by Christopher Zöchling (42 points) in third. Race four of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland gets underway on Sunday at 3.10pm (CEST). Fans can watch the race in Oschersleben live on the free-TV station Sport1.
Result race 3, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing)
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing)
4. Leon Köhler (Germany/Nebulus Racing by Huber)
5. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
6. Christopher Zöchling (Austria/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Julian Hanses (Germany/HRT Performance)
8. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
9. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
10. Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/GP Elite)
Points standings after 3 of 16 races
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 70 points
2. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing), 56 points
3. Christopher Zöchling (Austria/Fach Auto Tech), 42 points