2015 Carrera Cup Germany – Nurburgring main race
The cold and gray morning on famous Nurburgring track and 23 drivers who didn’t get much sleep last night. Young racer on the pole position and lots of experienced drivers behind him waiting for his mistake. Porsche Junior driver, Sven Muller surprised everybody with winning the pole position on Nurburgring, narrowly beating Phillip Eng‘s and Michael Ammermuller‘s times. However, if his pole position could be considered a lucky break, his win today couldn’t. It was product of hard work, talent and concentration.
The race started on 9:17 CET and everybody started by their qualification positions except Connor de Phillipi who started last since he didn’t finished the qualifying session yesterday. The start was decent with no incidents and with all drivers on their best behavior. Young Sven Muller, realizing that this is his big chance, immediately pushed hard and start pulling away from the rest of the pack. He was closely followed by Christian Engelhart, Phillip Eng and Christopher Zochling, another Austrian driver who started from sixth position and found himself on third position, just between Eng and Engelhart. From beginning until the end of the race, Muller successfully defended his position and were always a safe distance from the rest of the grid. Phillip Eng was second and Engelhart was third, however, few laps before the end of the race, Engelhart went to pits and didn’t come back, leaving the third place to Zochling. Experienced Michael Ammermuller was fourth and Alex Riberas, who started from fourth positions, was fifth in the end.
Perspective drivers like Matteo Carioli and Jeffrey Schmidt did good, finishing seventh and eight but experienced racer Nikki Thiim was ninth but started from seventh position. Ben Barker was tenth, probably due his lack of experience on this track but Connor De Phillipi managed to climb 10 places and finished thirteenth.
Maybe this wasn’t exciting race as we hoped to be, with lots of overtaking and uncertain finish, but it was interesting and landmark race, nonetheless. It was the first time that Porsche Junior driver has won the Nurgurgring race which is a important moment for whole Porsche Cup community. Sven Muller’s success today shows a glimpse of a possible future champion because his surefooted driving, perfect concentration and pace deserves high accolades.