Larry ten Voorde (25) passed GP Elite team mate Loek Hartog (24) right after the start of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race three. (Porsche photo)
At the third race of this season’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, GP Elite’s Larry ten Voorde notched up his sixth victory at the German race track.
Second place went to his teammate, Loek Hartog, while Allied-Racing’s Harry King occupied the third podium step.
At the green flag, ten Voorde made the decisive move right off the line.
In the sprint to the first corner, the two-time champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland outpaced polesitter Hartog. Over the remaining 17 laps, ten Voorde defended his lead commandingly.
“My last race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monaco was still fresh in my mind — I lost the duel after the start from pole position and only finished second. This time I concentrated 100 percent on the start — and it went perfectly,” said the 26-year-old from the Netherlands.
Thanks to his first win of the season, he advanced to the top of the overall standings in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Meanwhile, Hartog fended off King over the entire race, which was interrupted by two safety car phases.
“I’m not entirely happy because I wasn’t able to convert pole position into a victory. But at least I earned a bunch of points, and that’s critical for the championship. Of course, the one-two for our GP Elite team is also great,” Hartog commented.
Heading into the race from the fourth grid spot, King immediately overtook the faster qualifier Leon Köhler.
“I experienced a few problems in qualifying however things went perfectly for me in the race. Now I’m looking forward to the second race on Sunday, where I’ll start from the front row,” King said.
Behind the UK racer, Dutchman Morris Schuring finished fourth and fifth place went to Köhler from Germany.
Theo Oeverhaus from the Car Tech Motorsport Bonk team clinched his first victory in the Rookie classification.
The 22-year-old from Osnabrück secured seventh place overall finishing highest of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland’s Talent Pool drivers. Joining him on the rookie podium was Vincent Andronaco (Allied-Racing) and Ghislain Cordeel (GP Elite).
Sören Spreng also handed his GP Elite squad a win in the ProAm category. The German was followed over the line in this class by Michael Essmann (Car Tech Motorsport Bonk) and Georgi Donchev (ProfilDoors by Huber Racing).
Meanwhile, bad luck plagued Porsche Junior Bastian Buus. Driving for the Allied-Racing team, the 19-year-old from Denmark became entangled in a first-lap collision, slid into the gravel bed and was out of the race.