Victory number three and still a hot contender in the fight for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland title: Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing) won round eleven of the one-make cup on Saturday in Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza. “What a terrific race! My start wasn’t great, unfortunately, but things got better after that. Laurin Heinrich held the lead for a long time, but I put him under pressure in the last lap and I knew I just had to wait patiently for him to make a mistake. That paid off,” said the Porsche Junior. The two Germans Laurin Heinrich (Van Berghe Huber Racing) and Leon Köhler (Nebulus Racing by Huber) claimed the other podium steps at the race run as part of the International GT Open support programme.
Under an overcast sky and in temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius, Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) took up the race from pole position in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Heinrich, however, got the better start: In the sprint to the first corner, the youngster from the one-make cup’s Talent Pool programme squeezed past the Dutchman in his 510 PS cup car and snatched the lead. Heinrich controlled the race at the head of the field until just before the finish. When the Huber driver made a braking error, Güven grabbed his chance to take the lead and cross the finish line as the winner a lap later. “Initially I was really fast and I managed to eke out a decent advantage. But then Ayhancan Güven gradually caught up and in the decisive phase I drove over rubber debris on the track at the entrance to a corner and that caused me to make a braking error,” explained Heinrich.
Spectators were treated to a gripping duel for third place. Over much of the race, ten Voorde valiantly fended off Köhler. In the penultimate lap, Köhler found the crucial gap and swept past the current championship leader. “That was a really exciting fight. I managed to catch Larry ten Voorde in his slipstream on the long straights, but it was tough overtaking in the tight chicanes. For this reason, I’m thrilled that it worked out shortly before the flag,” said Köhler. Following fourth-placed ten Voorde over the line were Christopher Zöchling (Austria/Fach Auto Tech) as well as the two rookies Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon Team Textar) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing). Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin) rounded off the top eight.
In the ProAm class, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon Team Textar) maintains a steady course for the title: On the tradition-steeped 5.793-kilometre circuit, the Luxembourger notched up his eighth class win. Rivas shared the ProAm podium with Kim Hauschild (Germany/HRT Motorsport) and Philipp Sager (Austria/Nebulus Racing by Huber).
After eleven of 16 championship races, Larry ten Voorde still holds the overall lead. The GP Elite driver tops the rankings with 215 points followed by Güven (192 points). Heinrich follows in third place with 184 points. Race twelve of the season takes off on Sunday at 12:30 pm local time and is broadcast live on Sport1+ as well as in the live stream on the YouTube and Facebook channels of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Ten Voorde again tackles the race from pole position.
Result race 11, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing)
2. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing)
3. Leon Köhler (Germany/Nebulus Racing by Huber)
4. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
5. Christopher Zöchling (Austria/Fach Auto Tech)
6. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon Team Textar)
7. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
8. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
9. Julian Hanses (Germany/HRT Performance)
10. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
Points standings after 11 of 16 races
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 215 points
2. Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing), 192 points
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing), 184 points