Laurin Heinrich kicks off the new season with a double victory

Laurin Heinrich kicks off the new season with a double victory

A perfect start into the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season for Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing). After winning Friday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), the Porsche-Junior followed up with another victory at Saturday’s race.

Round 2

In both races, the 20-year-old started from pole position. “An outstanding weekend! To start the season with a full harvest of points is a terrific result. Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite racetracks, so I was eager to clinch a perfect result with a double victory this weekend,” says Heinrich. His teammate Morris Schuring (Netherlands) and Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) claimed the other two podium spots at race two of the season. Thirty-two drivers tackled the doubleheader run as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC support programme in their 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles.

Heinrich dominated the field over the entire distance. After the start, the racing driver from Germany’s Würzburg gradually pulled clear of the pack lap by lap to take the flag with a 1.4-second lead over Schuring. Second place on the 7.004-kilometre racetrack went to the Dutchman from the Talent Pool programme. “After missing out on the podium on Friday, I’m delighted that it worked out in Saturday’s race. My start was good and that proved decisive because it enabled me to beat Larry ten Voorde to the first corner and gain one position,” the 17-year-old says about his best result so far in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Bastian Buus turned heads with several impressive overtaking moves. Driving for Allied Racing, the Dane took up the race from the sixth grid spot and advanced to position three. The key moment: in lap five, Buus swept past the Luxembourger Dylan Pereira (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) in the La Source hairpin. “Unfortunately, we only found an ideal setup for the second race. I was really fast initially and I was lucky that Dylan Pereira made a small mistake,” said Buus. The winners on the podium received their trophies from Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport and Oliver Köppen, Manager One-Make Series and GT Sport.

Fourth place went to Pereira. The other five places were occupied by a quintet from the Netherlands. Ten Voorde took the flag in fifth place ahead of Loek Hartog (Black Falcon), Rudy van Buren (Huber Racing), Jesse van Kuijk (Team GP Elite) and Lucas Groeneveld (GP Elite). Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing) finished in the top ten. In the ProAm class, Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon) scored a perfect double victory. On Friday, the Luxembourger came out on top against Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Pheonix) and Ahmad Alshehab (Kuwait/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin).

“Sunny weather, 32 cars and two races on one of the most famous tracks in the world made for perfect conditions for our start to the season,” summarises Hurui Issak, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “It was an excellent opening round and the event proved that we have a thrilling season to look forward to.”

The next two Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland races will run as support to the ADAC GT Masters. From May 20 to 22, the one-make cup will be contested at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Harald Proczyk will compete in front of home crowds. The driver from HP Racing International lives in the Austrian community of Apfelberg, just a few kilometres from the racetrack.

Result race 2, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

  1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
  2. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
  3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
  4. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
  5. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
  6. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
  7. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
  8. Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite)
  9. Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
  10. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)

Full race results


Points standings after 2 races, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

Drivers’ classification

  1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), 50 points
  2. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix), 33 points
  3. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing), 31 points

Round 1

Laurin Heinrich (SSR Huber Racing) has kicked off the new Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season with a victory. The Porsche-Junior from Germany won the first race of the 2022 season on Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix).

“My start wasn’t great but I managed to defend my position and keep my rivals at bay. I’m starting Saturday’s race from pole position as well and I’m keen to make this weekend perfect with a double victory,” says Heinrich. Defending champion Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite) finished third at the race contested as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship support programme.

Under blue skies and in temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius, polesitter Heinrich took up the race at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The 20-year-old from Germany’s Würzburg region got the jump off the line and promptly put several car lengths between him and his closest pursuers to ultimately score an emphatic victory after 14 laps. At the start, Pereira turned heads with a spirited charge on the 7.004-kilometre racetrack. The 24-year-old tackled the race from the fifth grid spot and, by lap two, had worked his way up to second place. “I got a puncture in qualifying so I started the race on the fresh set of slicks. That gave me an advantage in the first laps so I made the most of it. At one point I managed to close the gap slightly to Laurin Heinrich but I couldn’t really catch him,” admits Pereira.

Ten Voorde initially gained one position after the start with an overtaking manoeuvre in the La Source hairpin only to lose it to Pereira shortly afterwards. “I’m satisfied with the result. Towards the end, I was really fast and if I’d had a few more laps I might have been able to overtake Dylan Pereira,” says ten Voorde. As the best driver from the Talent Pool – the youth development initiative of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon) finished in fourth place. His fellow countryman Morris Schuring (SSR Huber Racing) also secured a spot in the top five.

Michael Ammermüller (SSR Huber Racing) concluded his first Carrera Cup race since 2019 in sixth place. Following the German over the finish line were Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) and Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/Team GP Elite). Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon) clinched victory in the ProAm classification. The reigning ProAm champion took the flag ahead of Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix). Ahmad Alshehab (CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin) celebrated a premiere with third place in the ProAm class: This is the first time a racing driver from Kuwait has climbed the podium in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Race two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland gets underway on Saturday at 10:55 am local time. The German free-TV channel NITRO televises the race and the pre-race report from 10:45 am.

Result race 1, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

  1. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
  2. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
  3. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
  4. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
  5. Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
  6. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
  7. Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)
  8. Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
  9. Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)

Full race results




Source: René Staud