End of the season: awards for the successful teams and drivers of PETN
Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring
Meuspath. At the NLS Night of Champions on November 26, the successful teams and drivers of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring 2022 were ceremoniously honored. For the first time since the Corona pandemic, the annual award ceremony of the Nürburgring Endurance Series could again take place at the Bitburger Event Center at the Nürburgring. In front of the guests of all participants of the NLS season ranking, the PETN came to a successful conclusion of its first season as a Porsche one-make series.
“Back-to-back”-championship for W&S Motorsport and Daniel Blickle
With the championship win in the Cup 2 class, AVIA W&S Motorsport made the perfect move up from the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing. Last year, the team around Patrick Wagner and Daniel Schellhaas won the championship in Cup 3 class. This season, they competed with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) in Cup 2 class, which is newly anchored in the one-make series, and were able to hold ground against the strong competition there as well. Daniel Blickle, who already sat in the Cayman when winning the championship last year, thus also secured the "back-to-back" championship in the drivers' standings. Second place went to KKrämer Racing with team owner Karsten Krämer and Christopher Brück. Blickle's teammate David Jahn, who joined for the third race of the season, finished the season in third place in the Cup 2 drivers' standings. In the team standings, KKrämer Racing is followed by Team Mathol Racing in third place.
Schmickler Performance with three titles
Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol is champion of the Cup 3 team classification and the drivers Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer winner of the drivers' classification. By a tiny points advantage of only 2.5 points, the team from Bad Neunahr-Ahrweiler also secured the title "PETN Overall Champion" and the new trophy. The championship win in Cup 3 class gives the team the opportunity to purchase one of the highly sought-after Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) cars to compete in the Cup 2 class next year. Second place went to Sorg Rennsport followed by Smyrlis Racing. In the drivers' standings, Heiko Eichenberg follows Francesco Merlini and Christopher Rink.
Premiere- and triple-win in AM classification
In addition to the team and driver classifications, the AM drivers in both classes of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring also receive their own classification. In Cup 2 class, Mustafa Mehmet Kaya from Team Black Falcon won this classification. In his debut season in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992), the 46-year-old drove consistently in the points with his teammates and even added a podium finish in the overall Cup 2 standings to his record. Teammate Mike Stursberg is in second place in the AM standings at the end of the season due to a missed race. Klaus Abbelen and 'Jules' from the Frikadelli Racing Team follow behind.
In the AM drivers' classification of the Cup 3 class, 'Montana' and Rüdiger Schicht from Team Mathol Racing were able to claim the third AM drivers' title in a row. This year they shared the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (982) and thus the title with Alex Fielenbach. They also celebrated a podium success in the overall class standings during the season. Second place goes to Leonard Oehme. Behind him follow his brothers Moritz and Niklas Oehme, who each missed one race and thus slip into third place in the final standings.
The first year of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring
With the Night of Champions, the NLS season and thus the first season of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring is officially over. Eight races, twenty teams, up to 30 starters in one race: the PETN looks back on a successful year. Launched in 2016 as the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing, the Cup 3 class quickly became an essential part of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. With close class battles and thrilling overtaking maneuvers, it is known for exciting racing. This year, the Trophy was complemented by the Cup 2 class and has since become the official Porsche one-make series under the name: Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring.
Next year, the PETN will compete under the same technical and sporting regulations with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) in Cup 2 and the two generations of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in Cup 3 class as part of the NLS. The starting field of numerous well-known teams and drivers will be joined by new participants in 2023.
"We are delighted that we were able to create a fair but challenging one-make series for the teams with the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring. It was a big step from the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing to a Porsche one-make series, and it needed the trust and support of everyone involved. Special thanks therefore go to our teams and drivers as well as our partners and sponsors.", Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director of Manthey Racing GmbH
"The Porsche one-make series form the backbone of Porsche customer racing and are contested worldwide with high quality standards. In a total of 32 series in 30 countries, an average of 650 drivers and vehicles compete with identical material. We are happy to have gained a series in the endurance segment with the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, which brings Porsche customer racing to the Nordschleife under the guise of a one-make series.", Tobias Hütter, Specialist GT-Sport (Porsche Motorsport Sales)
NLS calendar 2023
11.-12.03.2023: Test- and setup days
14.-15.04.2023: NLS3 (with cancellation of NLS1 or NLS2 Doubleheader on 16.04.)
07.-08.07.2023: NLS5 (6h-race)
08.-10.09.2023: 12h Nürburgring
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