Reigning Cup 2 Vice-Champion KKrämer Racing wins Cup 2 at NLS2 – AVIA W&S Motorsport Cup 3-winner by a margin
Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring
Meuspath. In the second race of the season of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, which is held as part of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, reigning Cup 2 team champion KKrämer Racing (#121) with Christopher Brück and Moritz Kranz finished the race in first place in Cup 2 classification. In Cup 3 class, AVIA W&S Motorsport with Moritz Oberheim, Marius Rauer and Finn Zulauf saw the checkered flag in first place. A total of 25 PETN competitors competed in the NIMEX 47th DMV 4-Hour Race - 12 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) in Cup 2 and 13 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (982) in Cup 3 class.
Under wet conditions the timed practice took place on Saturday morning. Fastest in Cup 2 class was Dorian Boccolacci from Team Mathol Racing (#107) with a time of 9:36.553 minutes. The additional championship point in Cup 3 class was secured by Gabriele Piana for Team Black Falcon (#931). He lapped the 24.358-kilometer combination of the Grand Prix short version and the Nordschleife in 9:55.470 minutes.
KKrämer Racing wins Cup 2 class with comfortable gap
By the start of the race, the track had dried out so much that starting driver Carlos Rivas from Team Black Falcon (#102) was able to lead the Cup 2 class with slicks in the first hour of racing. As the race progressed, vice-champion of the Cup 2 team classification KKrämer Racing (#121) with drivers Christopher Brück and Moritz Kranz took the lead and pulled away at the front. After 27 laps and a one-lap lead, the team from Bergisch Gladbach finished ahead of Black Falcon Team IDENTICA (#102) with Ben Bünnagel, Noah Nagelsdiek and Carlos Rivas. The championship points for third place were secured by Max Kruse Racing (#100) with Benjamin Leuchter and Nicholas Otto, who thus also take the lead in the PETN drivers' standings as well as the team standings.
"After the retirement at NLS1, today was primarily about finding our way into the championship. In the first stint we took it a little easier. Then, when the track conditions were clear, we went full throttle. We were then able to build up a lead which Chris [Brück] managed superbly towards the end. That's how we clinched class victory," explains Moritz Kranz, who won Cup 2 class the 24-hour race with KKrämer Racing last year.
Jules' from the Frikadelli Racing Team (#111) gave himself a special present. The Briton won the AM drivers' classification on his birthday together with Klaus Abbelen and PRO driver Felipe Laser. "What a way to celebrate your birthday - the top place on the podium of the AM classification. I'm very happy about that. It's a really great birthday present. The conditions were very tricky. I drove the start and am glad that everything stayed in one piece. My teammates did a fantastic job. Overall a great weekend with lots of points for the championship - that's good," summarizes 'Jules'.
AM winner from last race Herbert Lösch finished second with Karsten Krämer and PRO driver Alexey Veremenko of KKrämer Racing (#112). Third place in their first race of the 2023 season went to Brits Bill and Jim Cameron in #113.
AVIA W&S Motorsport victorious after thrilling duel
The Cup 3 class attracted attention at the second race of the PETN season with a thrilling duel at the front. In the final stint, the winner of the first race Fabio Grosse of Sorg Rennsport (#959) fought with Moritz Oberheim of AVIA W&S Motorsport (#960) for the first place on the podium. Oberheim ultimately won the close duel and crossed the finish line with a lead of just 1.617 seconds. Grosse shared the Cayman GT4 CS with Heiko Eichenberg and Patrik Grütter. The starting number 960 was completed by Marius Rauer and Finn Zulauf. The additional championship point for the fastest race lap was added to the team's account by race winner Oberheim.
"The weather games known here made it difficult for us. Somehow every rain radar indicated that it was raining, but it actually didn't except for some drizzle in between, so it was almost dry the whole race. Big credit to my two teammates, who put in a super pace. After the incident in the first corner that dropped us to the back of the class, all three of us did a great job of catching up. In the end it was just enough for the victory. Many thanks to Fabio Grosse, who was a super sportsman with whom I could fight fairly," said Moritz Oberheim.
In the amateur driver classification of Cup 3 class, Stefan Beyer and Carl-Friedrich Kolb with PRO driver Torsten Kratz from Sorg Rennsport (#949) were ahead after four hours of racing.
"Our wish and will worked out wonderfully today - first in the AM classification and fourth in class. The goal is to repeat that. To do this, we will again test all day on Friday before NLS3 to build on this success," says Stefan Beyer.
Second place went to the AM winners from NLS1 Adrenalin Motorsport (#930) with Stefan Kruse and PRO driver David Griessner, who shared the car with Florian Wolf this race. Third place went to 'Coco', Alex Fielenbach and Rüdiger Schicht from Team Mathol Racing (#955).
Porsche Supercup Champion in the PETN
At NLS2 the reigning Porsche Supercup Champion Dylan Pereira started again. As in the first race of the season, the Luxembourger again drove the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with starting number #119 from ClickversicherungTeam. Pereira is thus preparing for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring in May, in which he will also be competing with the team from Hanover.
Also part of the PETN again: Dorian Boccolacci. The Frenchman, who also competes in the Porsche Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup France, already contested PETN races last season. This year he will again be fighting for victory in Cup 2 class with Team Mathol Racing (#107).
911 GT3 Cup test entry in the next race
For development purposes, Manthey will field a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with special starting permission in Cup 2 class at NLS3. The team from Meuspath has already tested the latest generation of the customer sports car from Weissach on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife at an NLS race in the fall of 2021 in order to classify the vehicle for the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, which debuted the following year as a Porsche one-make series. Based on feedback from teams and drivers from last season, various technical changes will be tested during the test event in the upcoming race.
The third race of the season will take place on 15th April The 54th Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy goes over a distance of four hours.
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