17 Aug Christian Engelhart takes over the lead
During the racing weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany on the Nürburgring, Christian Engelhart managed to claim the lead in the driver standings of the championship. On Sunday, the German from Kösching crossed the finish line on fourth rank ahead of his team mate Christopher Zöchling and now is in the lead of the championship. His team mate Rolf Ineichen defended his leading position in the B-classification of the series despite a retirement in the race on Saturday.
Christian Engelhart looks back on a difficult weekend. “At the Nürburgring we had our ups and downs”, says the 27-year-old. The Bavarian started from a promising fifth position into the first of two races. However, in the fight for positions right after the start, the German was forced to go wide in the first corner. “Then I was involved in a collision, after which my steering wheel wasn’t aligned any longer. I dropped back, but finally I still managed to finish on eighth position.” On Sunday it went better for Engelhart: After a constantly good performance the Konrad driver crossed the finish line on fourth position. With 129 points on his credit Engelhart is the leader of Germany’s quickest one make cup.
Christopher Zöchling saw the chequered flag in the race on Sunday on sixth position. On Saturday the Austrian thrilled the fans around the Nürburgring with an impressive chase through the field. From 20th position in the starting grid, the 26-year-old made his way up through the field to ninth place. “I am satisfied with the yield of the weekend. We collected many points so we can go into the last third of the season full of optimism”, so the driver of the team Konrad Motorsport.
The Swiss Rolf Ineichen experienced a weekend with setbacks. The 36-year-old, who travelled to the Nürburgring as the championship leader, was involved on a start collision with several vehicles on Saturday. “It was a silly accident and I was in the middle of the action. Someone ahead of me spun and I was hit two times hard in the back by different cars”, explained the reigning champion of the B-classification. After the disappointment on Saturday, the Swiss crossed the finish line in his class in the Sunday’s race on third rank.
Now the team Konrad Motorsport travels from the Nürburgring to the Belgium Ardennes. At the next weekend (August, 22nd to 24th) the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has a further round in Spa-Francorchams. The demanding Grand Prix Circuit belongs to the most spectacular tracks in the schedule of the quick international one make cup.