2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany season review
The 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany was the 30th season of this interesting cup championship. In last 30 years, this series earned nick name “the fastest cup championship in Germany“ for its shear of racing action, speed, talented drivers and excitement. The weapon of choice is popular Porsche 991 GT3 Cup with 460 bhp which is very fast and capable machine in hands of determined driver. In a world of Porsche cup series the Carrera Cup Germany (which is support championship of DTM series) is known as best and most interesting along with Porsche Supercup. In fact, lots of top drivers from Carrera Cup Germany drive in Supercup and in 2015, Austrian driver Phillip Eng was champion in both series after intense and dynamic season with lots of interesting events.
The 2015 season started on 2nd of May with two race event on Hockenheimring. First two races were won by experienced Christian Engelhart but after easy win in first race, Engelhart had tough job in second because difficult weather conditions and heavy rain. Two weeks later PCCG went to famous Nürburgring track for second round of the 2015 season. The conditions were once again difficult but the race was exciting with young Sven Muller on pole position ahead of much more experienced competitors. Muller managed to won the second round after perfect driving under the complicated conditions and show everybody that he is force to be recon with. Third round of championship was held on interesting oval track EuroSpeedway in Lausitz and marked the start of Phillip Eng’s domination. After securing the pole positions he won both races.
The fast Norisring track was home of round four of 2015 PCCG and in the first race we have witnesed return of Danish ace Nicki Thiim in the game. Thiim is one of the most experienced Porsche Cup drivers and ex champion who is known for his risky and aggressive driving. But in Norisring he was dominant winning both races. Fifth round of the championship was held in Netherlands on well known Zandvoort track. The good weather helped Phillip Eng in winning the both races and achieving the fastest laps. Next round was held in Austria on at the famous Red Bull Ring and all eyes were on Eng who was under a pressure to win on home soil. He did won the first race but the second was won by Swiss driver, Jeffrey Schmidt after he wisely choose rain tires from the start and managed to avoid big crash on the start of the race.
After Spielberg, the PCCG caravan returned to Germany to Oschersleben circuit. The weather conditions were not good but Phillip Eng managed to win both races. Young Sven Muller had the fastest laps but was not able to beat Eng. Then came the eight round and PCCG went back to famous Nurburgring (short track). Eng was once again victorious but second race was won by Sven Muller after a great start ahead of Eng. By the ninth and last round of championship held on Hockenheimring, the title holder was known and it was Phillip Eng who won 9 of 17 races in this season and gain big lead in championship standings ahead of his competitors. However, in first race of last event the winner was Jeffrey Schmidt and in second race, Eng was on the podium in perfect finish of his championship winning season.
The 2015 PCCG season was by all means an exciting one with big track battles and grid full of talented drivers. Phillip Eng deservedly become 2015 champion but beside him there was a lot of very good drivers who made 2015 season a real treat for motorsport fans.
It is important to mention Cristian Engelhart and Michael Ammermuller two great drivers who were always among fastest and Porsche Juniors, Sven Muller and Jeffrey Schmidt who had their shear of success this season but we have great expectations based on what the showed this season. The veteran racer Nicki Thiim proved that he is still among the fastest but because he is very much in demand as racing driver he isn’t concentrated on one series and there are young British driver Ben Baker and Spanish ace, Alex Riberas who have the potential and skill just need a lucky break.