British media channels are obsessed with the 2012 London Olympics at present, but British athletes continue to impress beyond the Olympic microsphere. Good examples can be found in motorsport, such as Porsche Carrera Cup racing.
English driver Sean Edwards (below) had a cracking start to the 2012 Carerra Cup Deutschland season at Hockenheim this weekend, narrowly missing out on a weekend whitewash. Edwards is the master in a racing 911, and this first race was proof of that.
Starting race one from the pole, Edwards was second early on but quickly recaptured the lead. A measured pace out front looked like a guaranteed victory, until a lap six puncture put him out. Team-mate René Rast took over the lead, eventually winning the race with his usual determined style of driving. P2 went to Nicolas Armindo, with rookie wheelman Michael Ammermüller finishing third on his debut Porsche Deutschland event.
Ammermüller’s excellent podium finish, from eighth on the grid at the start stamped his class on a second Porsche championship, after an electric performance in Bahrain last weekend on the Porsche Supercup series. Bahrain is an exceptional track that shows 911s at their most exciting.
Race two start positions were set by qualifying lap times. Edwards again took pole, initially pulling out a lead on Estre and Rast. While his challengers managed to catch up eventually, Sean never conceded the position. The win (above) was well-deserved, but René’s third place means he maintains the championship lead. The driver standings show Rast out front on 36 points, followed by Armindo on 27, then van Lagen third with Ammermüller fourth on 23.
Could this be the year a rookie wins Carrera Cup Deutschland, once Michael Ammermüller (above) has the car how he wants it? Rast and Edwards had better watch their mirrors: we’re in for an exciting Porsche racing season. The Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is really an incredible race series: all Porsche motorsport enthusiasts should check this series out.