Matthias Lüthen and Donar Munding win Sunday's race of the Prototype Cup Germany. First victory of a Duqueine D08 in the German championship. Berkay Besler/Marvin Dienst travel to the finale in Hockenheim as championship leaders.
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Matthias Lüthen (41/Hamburg) and Donar Munding (20/Stuttgart, both Mühlner Motorsport) won an exciting second race of the Prototype Cup Germany at the DEKRA Lausitzring in the Duqueine D08 right up to the chequered flag. Both drivers had two reasons to be happy: Munding also won the Junior classification and Lüthen the Trophy classification. Chassis manufacturer Duqueine was also jubilant. The French brand achieved its first victory in the German prototype series. Second place went to brand colleagues Oscar Tunjo (26/COL) and Mateo Villagomez (20/ECU, both Rinaldi Racing) ahead of Berkay Besler (23/TUR) and Marvin Dienst (25/Lampertheim, both Toksport WRT) in the Ligier JS P320, who thus travel to the season finale at the Hockenheimring as championship leaders.
Ligier driver Dienst started the race from pole position and pulled away at the front of the field immediately after the start. He was followed by the two Ginetta G61-LT-P3s of Konrad Motorsport with Axcil Jefferies (28/ZWE) and Danny Soufi (19/USA). Meanwhile, in the midfield, there was a collision between the two Duqueine of Lüthen and Villagomez, for which the South American was given a drive-through penalty. After about 15 minutes of racing, the race control called two safety car phases in direct succession, which brought the field close together again and also allowed Lüthen and Villagomez to catch up.
Shortly after the restart, the pit stop window opened and the Mühlner Motorsport command team immediately switched from Lüthen to teammate Munding, who subsequently benefited from a clear track due to the early stop. At the stops, there were two dramas in the leading group: due to a problem with the starter, Jefferies' second-placed Ginetta failed to start. This meant an early retirement. Shortly afterwards, the leading Ligier of Toksport WRT was also in trouble. When Dienst changed to Besler, the car could not be started either. After a delay, the Turk was able to resume the race, but dropped back to fourth position.
Due to the bad luck of the competitors and the tactical trick at the command post, Munding in the Mühlner-Duqueine was at the head of the field after the pit stop phase. He was followed by brand colleagues Sebastian von Gartzen (29/Butzbach, Racing Experience) and Oscar Tunjo, who had taken over from Villagomez earlier. Tunjo, however, quickly made a strong move and took second place. In the final phase, he was able to close in on Munding, but was unable to make any overtaking manoeuvres.
Berkay Besler also stepped on the gas again in the final phase and finally overtook von Gartzen at the end of the start/finish, which secured third place for him and Marvin Dienst. Behind von Gartzen and his team-mate Gary Hauser (30/LUX), Leonard Weiss (24/Monschau) and Torsten Kratz (51/Mönchengladbach, both WTM Racing) finished fifth ahead of the Ginetta duo Jacob Erlabacher (21/AUT) and Michael Lyons (31/GBR, both Gebhardt Motorsport). Danny Soufi, who was third at the start of the race, completed the top seven in another Ginetta.
Matthias Lüthen - winner for Mühlner Motorsport: "The victory is total madness. We are simply overjoyed. The team absolutely deserves this triumph. We had a good strategy but also a bit of luck. That's part of racing. At the beginning of my stint, a competitor hit my car. But due to the safety car we were able to catch up again. Donar then drove his stint consistently to the end. I'm already looking forward to the finale in Hockenheim."
Donar Munding - winner for Mühlner Motorsport: "When we did the driver change directly after the safety car, we already knew that we would come out quite far in front. In fact, we were in first place. At the beginning of my stint it took me a bit to get up to speed because we had a lot of pick-up on the tyres. Once I was in rhythm, I didn't want to over-push. Towards the end of the race I was able to watch Oscar in the rear view mirror and manage the lead to drive safely to the win."
Oscar Tunjo - Second place for Rinaldi Racing: "We were very close to victory today. However, I am very happy with the result. I didn't want to risk too much on the last lap. We had damage to the car after Mateo's collision from the start. So driving was not easy."
Mateo Villagomez - second place for Rinaldi Racing: "I'm happy on the one hand but also a little unhappy with myself. I would have liked to hand Oscar a better car but we had a little damage. I am very proud to be his teammate. Second place is also a great result for the team, who worked hard again."