Posted by: porschebahn | May 27, 2011

Preview of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland round 3 in Spielberg, Austria

Pilots eager to return to favoured track

Stuttgart. On a scale of favourites for race drivers, the A1-Ring in Austria was always way up there. After a seven year break, the circuit now opens it gates under the new name “Red Bull Ring”. On the 4.326 kilometre roller coaster circuit in Styria, regarded as a truly demanding circuit for drivers, Nick Tandy (Great Britain) is determined to extend his points lead on 5 June. For three Austrians, round three of Germany’s fastest one-make series marks the highlight of the season: Martin Ragginger (Schnabl Engineering), Clemens Schmid (Herberth Motorsport) and Johann Ledermair (Konrad Motorsport) are keen to perform particularly well in front of home crowds.

Those hunting the points’ leader have to arm themselves well, because the track characteristics particularly suit Nick Tandy. “The mid-section and both passages at the end feature very fast, flowing and fabulous third and fourth gear corners,” says the Konrad Motorsport pilot who recently surprised his opponents in Zandvoort with his impressive bolt through the field. Jeroen Bleekemolen, currently ranking second overall and winner of Zandvoort, is feeling just as optimistic, after all, he has a wealth of race experience on this picturesque track in the mountains. In 2003, the year prior to its closure, the Deutsche Post by tolimit pilot from the Netherlands contested a DTM round there.

Uwe Alzen (Germany) is thrilled that Spielberg is back on the calendar. Driving for his own team, PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, the seasoned-campaigner hopes that with his experience he can overtake third-placed Sean Edwards (Great Britain, Deutsche Post by tolimit) and whittle down the gap to the top. One need only look at DTM history to see how good the 43-year-old performs, and how well he copes with the circuit: In 2001 he clinched third place, in 2002 he came fourth and turned the fastest race lap.

Trailing the Dutchman Jaap van Lagen (Land Motorsport) and René Rast (Germany, Förch Racing) in fifth and sixth in the overall rankings of the Carrera Cup, local hero Martin Ragginger waits for his chance. “I find it fabulous that this circuit offers so many chances to overtake,” says the Schnabl Engineering pilot who immediately yielded second place at his first race of the season in Zandvoort. “We going for victory in Spielberg,” announces the 23-year-old confidently.

The race in Spielberg can be seen via live-streaming on the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland website ( On June 11 from 13.30 to 14.00 hours, TV station Sport1 broadcasts the ‘Carrera Cup Magazin’ featuring race highlights, interviews and reports.

Drivers’ standings after 2 of 9 races
1. Nick Tandy (GB), 36 points
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 34
3. Sean Edwards (GB), 28
4. Uwe Alzen (D), 21
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 19
6. René Rast (D), 18
7. Martin Ragginger (A), 18

Team classification after 2 of 9 races
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 62 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 47
3. Förch Racing, 32

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