Hockenheim report

Porsche SuperCup - Sixth round at the German Grand Prix ------------------------------------------------------- German Victory and New Series Leader after Dramatic Race Hockenheim, 30 July. German Juergen von Gartzen (Falke ...

Porsche SuperCup - Sixth round at the German Grand Prix -------------------------------------------------------

German Victory and New Series Leader after Dramatic Race

Hockenheim, 30 July. German Juergen von Gartzen (Falke Oberbayern Motoraport) is the winner of the German round of this year's Porsche SuperCup. Von Gartzen triumphed after the 12-lap-sprint over the 6.8 kms of the high speed track at Hockenheim after duelling with Frenchman Jean-Pierre Malcher (JMB Competition) throughout most of the race. Von Gartzen snatched the lead in lap two. At the same moment, pole setter Emmanuel Collard (F, JMB Competition) forced Pirelli/Shell/RTL-VIP driver Roland Asch and Oliver Mathei (D, Kadach Tuning) into spins which pirouetted them off the track. Collard and Mathei were sidelined, Roland Asch continued.

Said the enthused von Gartzen after the finish: "I could not afford the slightest mistake. Jean-Pierre was always shadowing me, and he is unbelievably late on the breaks."

VIP-Driver Roland Asch, a former Carrera Cup Champion, commented on his race: "After the big spin with Emmanuel I waited for the leaders to come around. As a former Champion I wanted to show what I'm capable of." Roland did just that. He set the fastest lap time (2:24.497min=169.988kph) and easily matched the speed of the leaders.

Jean-Pierre Malcher is the new points leader after the dramatic race in the "hot house atmosphere" of Hockenheim.

German Harald Grohs (Oberbayern Motorsport), an old hand in everything to do with 911, impressed the spectators in the packed grand stands of Hockenheim by fighting his way through from 13th starting position to a podium place. Harald came in third ahead of Frank Schmickler (D, tolimit Motorsport), who had battled his way up from an eighth position in the starting grid.

Popstar Haddaway in his Pirelli/Shell/RTL backed VIP Carrera ran comfortably to the flag in a race which he described as "one of the most thrilling and exhausting experiences of my life." Haddaway enthausiastically said: "I have one big wish for next year: to be at the wheel of a racing Porsche once again."

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