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Porsche Carrera Cup Germany - Race Report Round 5 & 6
BLACK FALCON has completed no less than four races within two weekends of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. At the consecutive events in Zandvoort (NL, 9-11.08.) and at the Nürburgring (DE, 16-18.08.) BLACK FALCON achieved a victory in the amateur classification (Carlos Rivas, race 1 Zandvoort) as well as several top 10 results.
#4 Rudy van Buren
During the race weekend in Zandvoort Rudy van Buren (NL) competed in his first race for BLACK FALCON. The Dutchman has a background in Simracing and had not even completed 300 kilometres of race track in a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. Thanks to his extensive experience in the virtual field, including as a Formula 1 simulator test driver, van Buren quickly found his way in a real car and finished in the top 10 with ninth place in the first race at Zandvoort. The second race of the weekend was dominated by a long interruption with the red flag, shortening the race from 17 to 11 laps. Despite the unusual circumstances van Buren did not let himself be put off and crossed the finish line in eleventh place.
At the BLACK FALCON home race at the Nürburgring, the 27-year-old first struggled with the track he had only known from the simulator and qualified for grid positions 17 and 18. He got a good start and made up several positions before his race ended in the gravel at the end of the first lap. Another participant hit van Buren in the car and damaged the Porsche so badly that van Buren had to watch the second race on Sunday as a spectator.
#5 David Kolkmann
David Kolkmann (DE) reaffirmed his good performance from the Norisring at the races in Zandvoort and at the Nürburgring. The 22-year-old finished both the first race at Zandvoort and the first race (both Saturday) at the Nürburgring in seventh place overall. Thus, he represented the best placed BLACK FALCON Porsche. At the Sunday races he completed the top 10 in Zandvoort and finished twelfth at the Nürburgring. With these results Kolkmann jumps into the top 10 in the overall standings of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and is currently ninth with 67.5 points with two remaining race weekends.
#6 Carlos Rivas
Carlos Rivas (LU) experienced a roller coaster of emotions at the events in Zandvoort and at the Nürburgring. The first weekend started very well: Rivas extended his championship lead in the Pro-AM classification with a superior victory in the first Zandvoort race. From that point on, the Luxembourger was unlucky: In Sunday's race he led again with a comfortable advantage when a driver from the overall standings turned him around without any chance of championship points damaging the Porsche's powertrain. The 42-year-old did not give up and rolled his poison green 991 Cup with max. 30km/h to just before the finish line, where the car suddenly came to a standstill. The result was no place on the podium, but probably the biggest applause the Luxembourger ever experienced in his racing career.
At the Nürburgring, Carlos Rivas gave the right answer in qualifying with a double pole position for both races. In the first race, however, there was a classic race Incident on the first lap, in which Rivas' Porsche suffered such aerodynamic damage that the Luxembourger could not show his usual strong race space. After 18 laps he finished the race in fifth place in the Pro-AM classification.
The Sunday race started very well at first and Rivas, leading the Pro-Am classification, drove up to midfield of the overall standings. Thanks to consistently fast lap times, he increased his lead to second place lap by lap before being stopped just a few minutes before the end of the race by a technical defect that occurred without announcement and for the first time in three years of racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup. Thus Rivas travels to the next race weekend at the Hockenheimring as second in the championship.
#50 Tim Zimmermann
For Tim Zimmermann, the double event actually began a few days before the first session in Zandvoort. The 22-year-old suffered an injury on his right foot shortly before the departure for Zandvoort and had to race without a loss of feeling in his throttle foot. Despite the handicap Zimmermann showed a good performance on both weekends and finished in the top-10 in Zandvoort on Saturday. After 17 laps the Langenarger crossed the finish line directly behind his team mate Kolkmann in eighth place. On Sunday he started from midfield and, despite the short race distance of only 11 laps, was able to work his way up to twelfth place. At the Nürburgring he repeated twelfth place on Saturday, on Sunday he finished 13th. Zimmermann is currently 13th in the championship table.
The next race weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany will take place from 13.-15.09.2019 at the Hockenheimring.
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