Local hero Thomas Preining fought back in the perfect way as he took victory in front of his home crowd as Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland headed to the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
The Porsche Junior had a tough start to the championship in the opening weekend in Oschersleben, but showed his true pace by taking victory ahead of Michael Ammermüller and Larry ten Voorde.
“I was determined to win this race and I’m thrilled about my home race result. The safety car at the end made things really exciting, but I kept my cool at the restart,” said Preining.
Preining started from pole position and led the field in to the first corner, team mate Ammermüller got the jump on ten Voorde on the start and took second in to the first corner around the outside.
With a 2.8 second lead, Preining looked like he was starting to run away with victory, a safety car on lap fourteen closed the field up again, by the time the track was clear there would be only a one lap sprint left until the chequered flag.
The young local held on to first place to take the win by 0.4 seconds over Ammermüller and ten Voorde.
“Thomas Preining drove a flawless race today. So, I’m happy with second place and for earning important points towards the overall standings,” said Ammermüller.
The third podium step was occupied by 21-year-old ten Voorde. “I got away a tad too late at the start and that cost me second place. Still, third is a super result for me,” added ten Voorde.
Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer used the race as a rehearsal for the upcoming Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup which will be contested in Austria soon, the young Frenchman took a strong fourth place finish.
“I had an intensive but fair duel with Luca Rettenbacher for fourth place. I waited patiently and managed to overtake him in the twelfth lap,” said Andlauer.
Guest driver Florian Latorre took fifth place ahead of Luca Rettenbacher, and Robert Lukas. The best rookie on track went to Jabob Eidson as he secured an impressive eighth place.
In the Am class, guest driver Wolfgang Triller took victory ahead of Jörn Schmidt-Staade and Sören Spreng.
While he missed out on the victory, Ammermüller continues to lead the championship with 70 points, the nearest competitor is Lukas and Pereira.