Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) has taken an important step on his mission to defend his Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland title. The Dutchman won race twelve on Sunday at Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza ahead of Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing). “The wet track surface dried up lap after lap, so the conditions were special. Ayhancan Güven and I had an intense duel, which was great fun. Ultimately, I pipped him at the post,” said ten Voorde. Thanks to his victory as part of the International GT Open support programme, the defending champion managed to extend his lead in Carrera Cup standings and now lies 28 points ahead of Saturday’s winner Güven in the overall rankings.
While several drivers mounted slicks on their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles, most of the drivers opted for wet tyres after showers in the morning, including Güven, who got the jump at the start from second place and promptly overtook polesitter ten Voorde. Over the following laps, a gripping duel for the top spot unfolded between the pair. Ten Voorde kept a close watch for a gap, with the two 510 PS Cup cars swapping paint several times. Ten Voorde made the decisive move in lap ten. Snatching the lead, the newly crowned champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup eked out an advantage and crossed the finish line 3.6 seconds ahead of Güven. “My start was really good, but Larry ten Voorde’s pace improved as the race progressed. I tried everything to fend him off. It was a gripping and very fair race,” stated Güven.
Bastian Buus had good reason to celebrate: taking up the race from the fifth grid spot, the 18-year-old rookie made a cracking start and was rewarded with his first podium in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “What a wonderful feeling! During this season I narrowed missed out on a top-three finish several times, but now it’s finally worked out. The wet track was challenging, but I’d watched videos of rainy races at Monza,” said the youngster from the one-make cup’s Talent Pool programme.
Fourth place went to Leon Köhler (Nebulus Racing by Huber) from Germany followed by rookie Morris Schuring (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing). Fabio Citignola (Germany/HRT Performance) made it into the top seven as the third newcomer to the series. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite) achieved eighth place. In the ProAm class, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon Team Textar) notched up yet another victory. On the high-speed Monza circuit, the Luxembourger beat Germany’s Kim Hauschild (HRT Motorsport) and Georgi Donchev (Nebulus Racing by Huber) from Bulgaria.
Güven and Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon Team Textar) did a double shift this weekend: The two Carrera Cup drivers also tackled the season-opening round of the Le Mans Virtual Series and contested the esports event in simulators inside the Hospitality of the one-make cup. Hartog achieved sixth in his class at the four-hour race on the digital version of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza driving for the Proton Competition team, with Güven finishing two positions behind for the Porsche Esports Team.
“We enjoyed a fantastic debut at the International GT Open with two action-packed races. Both events went down to the wire until the last laps. We still have race two weekends remaining at the Sachsenring and Hockenheim. I’m looking forward to an exciting final phase,” said Hurui Issak, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
The Carrera Cup drivers return to the racetrack next weekend: From 1 to 3 October, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland contests races 13 and 14 as support to the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring. The season finale will be held at Hockenheim from 22 to 24 October.
Result race 12, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
2. Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing)
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
4. Leon Köhler (Germany/Nebulus Racing by Huber)
5. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
6. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing)
7. Fabio Citignola (Germany/HRT Performance)
8. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
9. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
10. Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon Team Textar)
Points standings after 12 of 16 races
1. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), 240 points
2. Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Phoenix Racing), 212 points
3. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing), 194 points