Nick Tandy scored his second victory of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season after race-long leader Sean Edwards picked up a puncture three laps from the end.
Starting from pole position Edwards kept fellow Brit Tandy at bay for 20 laps, until sustaining damage to his tyre after running over some debris from a collision. Tandy went on to win, stealing the championship lead from Edwards in the process.
“I had my share of bad luck this year,” said Tandy. “But today I was lucky. It's crazy that I'm back at the top of the points' table. The race was interesting. I was faster than Sean, but as soon as I got close to him I lost downforce. But at least I could put him under pressure.”
Jaap van Lagen finished in second place, ahead of Norbert Siedler.
“My start was super and I could advance from sixth to fourth place,” said van Lagen. “I pushed quite hard in the beginning, and that's how I set the fastest race lap. Afterwards I realised I couldn't close the gap to the front and I made sure I had enough space behind me. I just concentrated on bringing home a safe second.”
Siedler added: “Third place is a great result for my team, but I'm not entirely happy about it. The race set-up of my 911 was anything but perfect. Early on it was okay, but then I experienced more and more understeer and later oversteering. Still, we're on the right track with the team.”
Uwe Alzen rose to fourth having started from tenth on the grid. The Porsche veteran benefited when Carrera Cup debutant Christopher Mies, substituting for Jeroen Bleekemolen alongside Edwards at Team Deutsche Post by tolimit this weekend, outbraked himself, taking Jan Seyffarth out of the race in the process.
Nicolas Armindo was also caught up in that incident, but made it home in fifth ahead of Hermes Attempto teammate Nicki Thiim. Robert Lukas finished seventh, but Forch Racing teammate and current leader in the Supercup standings Rene Rast found himself towards the back of the field after a collision.
Race result – 23 laps:
1. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 35:24.026 minutes (141.468 km/h)
2. Jaap van Lagen (NL), Land Motorsport, + 7.732 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), Aust Motorsport, + 12.525
4. Uwe Alzen (PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive), + 13.790
5. Nicolas Armindo (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 14.153
6. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 15.599
7. Robert Lukas (PL), FÃ¶rch Racing, + 20.404
8. Martin Ragginger (A), Schnabl Engineering, + 20.603
9. David Jahn (D), PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, + 25.690
10. Stefan Wendt (D), Attempto Racing, + 26.566
Drivers' classification after 7 of 9 races
1. Nick Tandy (GB), 102 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 98
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 84
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 74
5. Nicki Thiim (DK), 69
6. Martin Ragginger (A), 67
7. RenÃ© Rast (D), 57