Konrad Motorsport drivers Christopher Zöchling and Christian Engelhart were victorious in races three and four of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, during a dramatic weekend of racing at the Oschersleben circuit.
In race one of the weekend, Zöchling started from second on the grid, headed by only Pieter Schothorst (McGregor powered by Attempto Racing). However, Schothorst’s grasp of the race lead would last no further than the famously difficult turn one, as he slithered off into the outside gravel trap. As the pole sitter re-joined, Zöchling took off into the distance.
Then followed a safety car period after a four car incident involving Daniel Allemann (Team GT3 Kasko), Bill Barazetti (TAM Racing), Christofer Berckhan (Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) and Mike Halder (SMS Seyffarth-Motorsport).
As the green flag flew, the race resumed with a flying Zöchling holding off Porsche junior Alex Riberas to the checkered flag. “I will make sure I bring plenty of champagne back for the team,” joked the delighted victor.
Of the other Porsche juniors in the packed thirty seven car field, Connor de Phillippi (Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) would reach the flag in seventh place, admitting “unfortunately I made a mistake, left the track and lost several positions”. Sven Müller (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) would finish only a single place behind the American. “I am quite happy to have scored such a result from twelfth on the grid,” he commented.
Race two at Oschersleben would prove even more dramatic than race one. Michael Ammermüller (QPOD Walter Lechner Racing) led the field away on a damp track; however he was swiftly deposed by his team mate Nicki Thiim. Thiim himself though, swiftly disposed of the race lead in the gravel trap outside turn one. That was the end of that, in terms of Thiim’s race.
After a flying start, it would be Engelhart who profited from Thiim’s costly error the most, taking up the lead at the head of the field. Only Jaap Van Lagen (Aust Motorsport) would challenge the Konrad Motorsport driver but it would be Engelhart who reached the checkered flag victorious. “We are all very close together this year, and that makes this win all the more wonderful,” said the clearly ecstatic Bavarian.
Ammermüller would finish third, tailed home by the American de Phillippi. In fifth was the Porsche Cup Scholarship driver and winner of the first round of the Porsche Supercup in Barcelona, Earl Bamber, whilst Spaniard Riberas would finish sixth. The remaining Porsche junior Sven Müller could manage only twenty fourth after damaging his car, following heavy contact with a curb.
De Phillippi is the new series leader, as the Carrera Cup Deutschland now crosses into Hungary, for races five and six of the 2014 season on the tight and twisty Hungaroring circuit at the end of May. The American only has a two point lead over Engelhart and Zöchling, who are tied for second place. Bamber and Riberas are a further three and five points back respectively. It is literally, far too close to call.