Marvin Dienst and Berkay Besler set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the Prototype Cup Germany at the rainy Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Torsten Kratz / Leonard Weiss followed in second place ahead of the duo Axcil Jefferies / Maximilian Hackländer.
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The participants of the Prototype Cup Germany had to deal with rain during the first free practice session, which caused the odd spin here and there. However, impacts into the track boundaries could be avoided, so that all teams and drivers could prepare for the first qualifying session this afternoon.
The best job was done by Berkay Besler (23/TUR, Toksport WRT), who managed the fastest lap time with his Ligier. Together with his team-mate Marvin Dienst (25/Lampertheim), the Turk goes into the last two races of the season as the leader of the standings. Torsten Kratz (51/Mönchengladbach) and Leonard Weiss (24/Monschau, both WTM Racing) lined up in second place on the 4.574-kilometre circuit, with the two Duqueine drivers 0.248 seconds behind the leaders. Axcil Jefferies (28/ZWE) and Maximilian Hackländer (32/Rüthen, Konrad Motorsport) also stayed within striking distance of the leaders, 0.387 seconds behind. Dany Soufi (19/USA, Konrad Motorsport) finished fourth, fifth position went to Sebastian von Gartzen (29/Butzbach) and Gary Hauser (30/LUX, Racing Experience).
Meanwhile, Rory Penttinen (42/FIN, MRS GT-Racing) celebrated his debut in the Prototype Cup Germany with seventh place and his team MRS GT-Racing is also new to the LMP3 series. "We had a few problems because the display failed. It's also my first time competing at Hockenheim. But I like to race in the wet and I'm happy to participate in the Prototype Cup Germany." For MRS GT-Racing, the event was knitted with a hot needle, the team around team boss Karsten Molitor only completed their first kilometres with the brand new Ligier JS P320 yesterday afternoon. "It is the first LMP3 race for the team, but I have already driven in this category. I hope to be able to help them a little with my experience," says Penttinen from Finland.