20 Oct Victory makes Christian Engelhart vice-champion
Despite a strong performance, including a victory and a second place, Konrad-Motorsport-driver Christian Engelhart narrowly missed the championship in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. Also in the final team-standings the squad of the new vice-champion covers an respectable second place. With the championship-title in the B-Class Rolf Ineichen contributed his part to the performance of the racing team from Verl (Germany).
Christian Engelhart did his very best: Before the season finale the man from Kösching was ten points behind leader Kévin Estre. “A big gap. But Hockenheimring is a track which matches my skills really well,” he showed his great motivation. With the second place in qualifying the Porsche-expert secured a good initial position for the two runs. Already after four corners he took over the lead in the first race on Saturday evening. From now on the 26-year-old impressed with a dominant performance. Engelhart posted one fast lap after the other and thereby claimed his third victory of the year.
“Thanks to my team, which has prepared the car perfectly,” the most successful driver of the second half of the season explained. Also in Sunday’s race he showed a strong performance and finished in second. But for the championship-title the two outstanding results were not enough. Nevertheless he could celebrate the biggest success of his career with the second place in the overall standings. “I dedicate the vice-championship to my friend Sean Edwards. It was really difficult to focus after the terrible news.” The British race driver died in a tragic accident on an Australian race track on Tuesday.
Engelharts team-mate Rolf Ineichen secured a championship title: The man from Switzerland crowned himself champion of the B-class in Germany’s fastest one-make-cup. With two dominant victories he did not leave his opponents a chance also in the season finale. “I am really happy about the title,” celebrated the business man, who was able to win eight races in this year. “I have become faster and faster throughout the season.”
Christopher Zoechling had an unlucky weekend again. In qualifying the third Konrad-driver had claimed two strong top-10-results, but the races did not go according to plan for the likeable Austrian. He had to retire from the first race on position six due to a tyre failure. In Sunday’s race two he finished at least on position 14.
All things considered, Franz Konrad drew a positive conclusion about the season: “The second place in both the drivers- and the team-championship, in the B-class we have even become champion. A big thank you to my team, our sponsors and our partners, who have all contributed their part to this great result.” He added in a sportsmanlike manner: “Congratulations to Kévin Estre and Attempto Racing on their victory.”
The best scenes from the exciting season finale can already be seen on Monday, October 21, at 6.30 PM on German TV-station “n-tv”. Also “sport1” broadcasts a summary from Hockenheim on Saturday, October 26, at 7.00 PM. Exactly one week later “sport1” will show a review of the whole season at 6.00 PM.