Posted by: porschebahn | June 11, 2011

Preview for Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland round 4 on the Lausitzring

Title defender Nicolas Armindo keen to reverse trend

Stuttgart. Three races, three different victors – this season’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland thrills with constant changes at the top. For round four on 19 June on the 3.478 kilometre Lausitzring, one pilot has particularly big plans: Up until now, Hermes Attempto Racing’s Nicolas Armindo (France), reigning champion and last year’s winner here, has been plagued by bad luck. Now he is keen to reverse that trend by securing a top result.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Nick Tandy, Armindo’s toughest rival for the title last year, has snatched the points’ lead. Tandy now plans to secure his second win of the season and widen the gap. “There are many more drivers capable of winning than last year,” says the Konrad Motorsport pilot. “In 2010 I had to learn that you don’t automatically become champion just because you’ve won five times. It was a tough lesson. That’s why I’m being more strategic this season. The title is my dream.”

Nick Tandy, who clinched second here last year, is not the only driver looking forward to the race on the Lausitzring. Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands also enjoys the circuit. “Although it doesn’t look like it from the layout, the track is challenging. You need a clean line on the twisty infield,” says the Zandvoort winner and current number two in the standings. His teammate in the Deutsche Post by tolimit squad, Sean Edwards, adds: “I like the combination of tight passages and the oval. You need courage and precision because the ideal line is very close to the wall.” Ranking third in the points, the Briton is confident that his luck will turn and he will finally take home his first Carrera Cup victory. Currently sitting fourth in the classification, Jaap van Lagen of Land Motorsport, is always good for a surprise. The Dutchman underlined this recently at the rain-drenched qualifying session at Austria’s Spielberg where he clinched pole and went on to celebrate a flag-to-flag victory in the dry.

The closest rivals of the leading British/Dutch quartet are eager to make sure they finally hear a German or Austrian national anthem at the awards ceremony. One of these is Uwe Alzen. At 43-years-old, Alzen is one of the longest-serving pilots in the series and, with three Porsche brand trophy titles under his belt, is the most successful contender. For 2011, the German has put together his own squad, PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, and heads to the Lausitzring ranking fifth on the points’ table. Behind the seasoned campaigner, Martin Ragginger is determined to progress further up the standings. Driving for Schnabl Engineering, the Austrian only joined the Carrera Cup season at round two, and has good memories of the Lausitzring, where he scored third place last year.

The official website of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland broadcasts the Lausitzring race live (www.porsche.de/carreracup). On 24 June from 16.30 to 17.00 hrs, TV station Sport1 televises race highlights, interviews and reports in the “Carrera Cup Magazin”.

Drivers’ classification after 3 of 9 races
1. Nick Tandy (GB), 54 points
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 48
3. Sean Edwards (GB), 44
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 39
5. Uwe Alzen (D), 31
6. Martin Ragginger (A), 30

Team classification after 3 of 9 races
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 92 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 69
3. Land Motorsport, 39



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