Philipp Eng took his second win of the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season to complete a perfect weekend to see the Austrian leave with a 14 point lead over his nearest rival Jeffrey Schmidt.
After taking a lights-to-flag victory in the first race of the double-header weekend, Eng put his form down to preperation going in to the weekend. “I’m very fit, I’m totally focused on my driving and I’m thrilled with these two victories,” said the Austrian.
The race started with excitement as the 23-car field pulled away; Robert Renauer would make a bid for the lead from second place on the grid, only to be beaten by eventual race winner Eng. Speaking after the race Renauer said “I’m totally happy with second place. This is also a great result for the boys from my team,”
Michael Ammermüller got the better of team-mate Schmidt at the start, and would lead home a 3-4 finish for the Lechner team. “Two podium results and precious points are a great weekend balance. The lead guys were all driving a similar pace, hence I couldn’t do anything more,” explained Ammermüller.
While the top four positions were decided early, there was plenty of action behind as Christian Engelhart battled fiercely for position, by the end of the race the front of his Porsche was demolished but he had secured fifth place.
Alex Riberas took sixth place despite having to make up positions after falling back to ninth place while battling for third place.
Race four podium finisher Nicki Thiim managed seventh place ahead of Ben Barker , Jaap van Lagen and Christopher Zöchling who finished side-by-side across the line with the British driver getting the upper hand and leading the trio over the finish line by a nose, followed by van Lagen and Zöchling.
Connor de Phillippi finished as the highest placed Porsche Junior as he battled from thirteenth to eleventh. “It doesn’t help to complain. We need to do our homework in qualifying. Everything depends on this. We’ll work on it” said Phillippi.
Fellow Junior driver Matteo Cairoli‘s race ended early as he slid from the track on lap 12, despite rejoining the race his car was too badly damaged and would be forced to retire his car in the pits. “I can write this weekend off. Now I need to look ahead to the next race. I’m curious to see how it is at the Norisring,” said the Italian.
2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Race 5 top 10:
- Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
- Robert Renauer (D/Herberth Motorsport)
- Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
- Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East)
- Christian Engelhart (D/TECE MRS-Racing)
- Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
- Nicki Thiim (DK/KÜS Team 75 Bernhard)
- Ben Barker (GB/Land-Motorsport)
- Jaap van Lagen (NL/Lechner Racing Middle East)
- Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport)
Points’ standings after 5 of 17 races
- Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 80 points
- Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East), 66 points
- Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 62 points
- Christian Engelhart (D/TECE MRS-Racing), 57 points
- Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 57 points
- Richard Charles Goddard (AUS/TECE MRS-Racing), 5 points
- Alexander Toril (E/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 3 points
- Pepe Massot (E/KÜS Team 75 Bernhard), 3 points
- Wolf Nathan (NL/Land-Motorsport), 86 points
- Rolf Ineichen (CH/Konrad Motorsport), 80 points
- Ralf Bohn (D/Herberth Motorsport), 54 points
- The Heart of Racing by Lechner, 119 points
- Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 112 points
- Lechner Racing Middle East, 106 points