News | September 21, 2023Impressive first season for DKR Engineering in the Prototype Cup Germany
The DKR Engineering team may not have been new to prototype racing at the start of the 2023 season, but it was taking its first steps in the Prototype Cup Germany – and immediately demonstrated why the team had previously won four LMP3 titles in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, one in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), and the LMP2 class in the Asian Le Mans Series on two occasions, as well as twice finishing on the podium in the Pro-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With Valentino Catalano (17/Westheim) and Robin Rogalski (23/POL), the team founded in 2004 by Kendy Janclaes has put its faith in two young drivers, who have already demonstrated their talent on several occasions.
News | September 2, 2023Markus Pommer takes pole position for Saturday's race
The Racing Experience driver set the fastest time in qualifying for round one of the Prototype Cup Germany at the TT Circuit Assen. Five Duqueine D08s in the top five positions.
News | August 11, 2023The rocky road to becoming established in LMP3 racing
Dino Steiner (54/Wehingen, Aust Motorsport) started the Prototype Cup Germany season as one of a total of five Trophy drivers. Neither he nor his fellow driver Constantin Schöll (24/AUT, Aust Motosport) could boast much in the way of LMP experience and his Aust Motorsport team could not support the project with any prototype experience. This meant that the Swabian driver, Austria’s Schöll and the Aust team were learning on the job as they tried to find the right approach.
News | July 8, 2023Laurents Hörr goes fastest in first qualifying
Laurents Hörr (25/Gerlingen, Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport) put together the fastest lap of the first qualifying session in the Prototype Cup Germany at the Norisring. Second place went to Markus Pommer (32/Untereisesheim, Racing Experience), who came out on top after a battle with Oscar Tunjo (27/COL, van ommen racing by DataLab), which lasted several minutes. Max van der Snel (19/NLD, More Motorsport by Reiter) was fourth, his best qualifying result so far in LMP3 racing, followed by debutant Belén García Espinar (23/ESP, van ommen racing by DataLab).
Laurents Hörr made it very clear early in the 15-minute qualifying that anyone wanting to start from pole position would first have to beat him. By the middle of the session, he already had an advantage of roughly half a second over the chasing pack. Although this had shrunk to 0.149 seconds by the end of qualifying, there was no denying Hörr pole position for the seventh race of this season’s Prototype Cup Germany. “It was a really good and problem-free lap, which I managed to produce exactly when the tyres were at their best,” said the happy 25-year-old.
Behind Hörr, Markus Pommer and Oscar Tunjo were battling it out for second place, with the advantage swaying to and fro between the two drivers. In the end, Pommer just had his nose in front and Tunjo had to settle for third. “We had a rather difficult start to the weekend today; we are not where we want to be,” admitted the Columbian. “This is our first time at a street circuit with the LMP3 car, and we are still looking for the perfect approach. However, third place on the grid is definitely not bad. We still have everything to play for tomorrow.”
Max van der Snel was a far happier man than Tunjo. Fourth place was the Dutchman’s best qualifying result to date in the Prototype Cup Germany. Prior to that, he had ended every qualifying in fifth place. “It is important to find the right way to cope with the bumpy track here. Having said that, it is not as bad as I had feared.” Like the Dutch youngster, Zandvoort winner Jan Marschalkowski (20/Inning am Ammersee, MRS GT-Racing) and Dino Steiner (54/Wehingen, Aust Motorsport) also produced their best qualifying performances in the Prototype Cup Germany, ending the session in sixth and ninth place respectively. “Coming into the Norisring weekend, we set ourselves up a little differently and brought some more LMP3 experience into the team,” said Steiner. “As a result, we had the best set-up of the season so far. However, I must say that I generally feel right at home here and the cooperation with my team-mate Constantin Schöll has been excellent. When you feel comfortable and relaxed, but still focus on the job at hand and everything comes together nicely, then the results come too.”
News | June 25, 2023Xavier Lloveras secures second pole position at Zandvoort
The Prototype Cup Germany drivers assembled as early as 08:05 on Sunday for the second qualifying in a gloriously sunny Zandvoort. Xavier Lloveras (23/ESP, van ommen racing by DataLab) appeared to have had the best night sleep, as he came out firing and produced the fastest lap of the session. His time of 1:30.713 minutes was 0.346 seconds faster than the best lap of Valentino Catalano (17/Westheim, DKR Engineering), which earned the DKR driver second place on the grid for today’s race. Third place went to Julien Apothéloz (22/CHE, van ommen racing by DataLab), with Gary Hauser (31/LUX, Racing Experience) and Elia Sperandio (17/CHE, BHK Motorsport) taking fourth and fifth.
It was clear from the start of the 15-minute qualifying session that anyone who wanted pole position would have to beat him. The Spaniard took an early lead and then tightened his grip on top spot with more fast laps. “I went out at the start of the session, overtook a car and then had a clear track. I was able to use that and put my foot down. On the whole, I am very happy with qualifying, although I did make one little mistake.”
Valentino Catalano ended the session in second place, ahead of Julien Apothéloz in third. “It did not go perfectly, but it was okay. My car had more understeer than yesterday, which was something I had to adapt to. Third place on the grid is a good starting position for the race. There is still everything to play for,” said Switzerland’s Apothéloz, who never got to do any driving in the opening race, as his team-mate Oscar Tunjo (27/COL, van ommen racing by DataLab) crashed out.
Yesterday’s race did not go perfectly for Gary Hauser and his team-mate Markus Pommer (32/Untereisesheim) either, but he has set the pair up for a more successful race two. The driver from Luxembourg was just 0.088 seconds slower than Apothéloz and will start from fourth place later today. Completing the top five was Elia Sperandio. “I made a few little mistakes on my laps, so I think I could have been quite a bit faster. However, fifth place is okay.” The 17-year-old Swiss shares his Ligier with Alex Cascatau (30/ROU) for the first time in Zandvoort. “I know him and have actually already driven one race together with him. Despite that, a new team-mate obviously always means a bit of an adjustment.”