Philipp Eng wins from pole at Lausitzring
Having won the race at Lausitzring from pole position in front of Michael Ammermüller and Nicki Thiim, 25 year-old Saltzburg native Philipp Eng has also climbed to the top of the overall standings. In the B-rating of the championship, Rolf Ineichen took the victory, while the best rookie in the pack was Daniel Cammish who finished the race on P12.
Eng had a great start and quickly started expanding his gap over the rest of the field, but in the finishing laps, the gap between him and Ammermüller started shrinking to 0.3s. Luckily for Eng, Nicki Thiim started putting pressure onto Ammermüller who shifted his efforts towards saving his second place. That way, Philipp Eng finished the race with a 0.5s advantage over Michael Ammermüller. In the end, Eng was delighted with his win and commented: That was a tough race. I’m extremely happy that I’ve clinched the first win of the season for my team.”
Ammermüller sounded rather disappointed: “Second place is okay. Unfortunately, overtaking was not possible. It would have been easier if I had not had so much pressure from behind.” On the other hand, three-time Lausitzring winner Nicki Thiim sounded very content with his third place and shared sheer enjoyment of a good race with the press: “We had a nice three-way battle. I enjoy standing here on the podium again. It can go on like that.”