Ineichen wins in Nuremberg – Zoechling becomes a tragic hero

During the Porsche Carrera Cup’s fifth race weekend on the Norisring in Nuremberg (Germany) Rolf Ineichen celebrated his third victory of the year in the B-class. After a tenth place on Saturday Konrad Motorsport’s new driver Christopher Zoechling was on the way to a podium-finish until the last lap in Sunday’s race. But a technical failure dashed all hopes for the top-result. Christian Engelhart finished the first race on position six.

Rolf Ineichen was the most successful driver of the squad from Verl this weekend. But in Saturday’s race the business man suffered a little setback: Starting from the pole-position of his class, he got hit in the rear already in the first corner. After this incident his race was over before it had really started.

It went a lot better for the Konrad-Motorsport-Driver in the second race: From his third starting position in class, he quickly moved forward to the top-position. „In the first laps I had to defend my position really hard,“ he reported. „But when half of the race was done, all things were under my control. Without the DNF on Saturday it would have been a perfect weekend,“ he showed his happiness. Despite the bad luck on Saturday Ineichen still covers the second place in the overall standings of the B-class. The gap to the leader Dominic Jöst is not bigger than eight points.

His team-mate Christopher Zoechling became a tragic hero at Norisring. The Austrian, who has already done a guest-start for Konrad Motorsport at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, will be behind the wheel of the KonradPorsche for the rest of the season. Already on Saturday he had a successful debut: In his first race on the 2,3 kilometers long street-circuit in “Franconian Monaco” he finished tenth and therefore celebrated a top-10-result.

On Sunday the race driver, who lives in England, caused a real sensation: After he had started the race on the eighth place, the 25-year-old already covered a podium-position after the first laps. In the green and white 450 HP Porsche 911 GT3 Cup he was on the best way to claim a strong podium-finish. But the shock came only 400 meters before the finish line: “The accelerator cable burst and Christopher stopped,” explained Franz Konrad. “But he has done an incredible job. We are really looking forward to the next races with him.”

Christian Engelhart did not have an optimal weekend. The German could not measure up to his own expectations with the sixth place on Sunday. In the second race things went even worse: After a spin he had to finish his race early. Nevertheless Engelhart still covers the fifth place in the championship. “I will attack again in the next races,” he showed his confidence.

All highlights of the weekend can be watched again on Monday, July 15, at 6:30 PM in “PS – Porsche Carrera Cup” on German TV-Station “n-tv”. Before the German cup’s season goes on at Nürburgring in five weeks, there is another race for Konrad Motorsport in the international Supercup: On July 27 the fifth race of the season will be held within the framework-programme of the Hungarian Formula-1-Grand-Prix in Budapest.