- Racing Experience duo wins ahead of second-placed Tunjo/Apothéloz
- Matthias Lüthen completes the podium with Laurents Hörr and wins the Trophy classification
Assen. At the debut of the Prototype Cup Germany on the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands The spectators were treated to exciting entertainment and plenty of spectacle. In an almost
Gary Hauser (31/LUX) and Markus Pommer (32/Untereisesheim) in the Duquette.
(32/Untereisesheim) in the Duqueine D08 from Racing Experience and with their third
victory in the championship organized by ADAC and Creventic.
The Duqueine brand colleagues Oscar Tunjo (27/COL) and Julien Apothéloz (22/CHE, both Van Ommen
Racing by DataLab) consolidated their role in the title chase with second place. Matthias Lüthen
(42/Hamburg) and Laurents Hörr (25/Gerlingen, both Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport) made up the pure Duqueine
Duqueine podium in third place. "We are very happy about the triumph here in Assen.
The day went really great. However, there are still three races to go this year, so we have to stay remain focused," beamed Pommer after the race.
The former ADAC GT Masters driver had already started the race in bright sunshine from pole position.
from pole position and immediately converted his good starting position into the race lead.
into the race lead. However, his brand colleagues Hörr and Tunjo quickly made themselves felt in his rearview mirror. After
minutes of racing, the Colombian from Van Ommen Racing by DataLab found a way past the German.
German, which gave him second place in the meantime. The order of the first three
positions did not change in the first half of the race - despite two safety car phases.
phases brought the top-class field of 15 cars together again and again. A strong
Jan Marschalkowski (20/Inning am Ammersee) in the Ligier JS P320 of MRS GT GT.
JS P320 from MRS GT-Racing. The ADAC Sports Foundation protégé put in a skillful performance and drove from ninth to fifth place.
After the obligatory driver changes in the middle of the race, Gary Hauser, who had taken over from Pommer
and Tunjo's teammate Julien Apothéloz took over at the head of the field and fought intensively for the
fought intensively for the race win. Three laps before the end of the race there was a collision, as a result of which the
the Swiss was able to take the lead. Apothéloz also crossed the finish line in first place, but was retrospectively
but was subsequently given a five-second penalty for leaving the track when overtaking Hauser with the
had left the track with an advantage. This ultimately threw him and teammate Tunjo back to second place.
back to second place. For Apothéloz, however, this meant triumph in the Junior classification.
Matthias Lüthen, who drove Hörr's Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport-Duqueine in the second half of the race
defended his third place and was able to celebrate victory in the trophy classification.
Trophy classification. Towards the end of the race, a thrilling battle developed for fourth place with several
Marschalkowski's teammate Jasper Stiksma (22/NLD) was the final winner. Fifth Valentino Catalano (17/Westheim) and Robin Rogalski (23/POL, both DKR Engineering) were fifth in another
Duqueine ahead of their brand colleagues Gustavo Kyrila (29/BRA) and Nico Göhler (20/Grasleben, both BW).
(20/Grasleben, both BWT Mücke Motorsport). Seventh place went to the Ligier duo Dino Steiner
(54/Wehingen) and Nigel Moore (31/GBR, both Aust Motorsport).
Completing the top eight were Xavier
Lloveras (23/ESP) and Gabriela Jílková (28/CZE) in the second Duqueine from Ommen Racing by DataLab).
Markus Pommer - winner for Racing Experience
"Despite the two safety car starts I had a pretty relaxed race. Because I had always come up with something on the
always come up with something on the long back straight, which then worked. What's more, my
pace was also a little faster than my direct rivals. We are very satisfied with the
victory here in Assen. But the championship is still open. We must not make any mistakes in the
make any mistakes."
Gary Hauser - Winner for Racing Experience
"It was an exciting race right to the end. I took over the car from Markus in first position.
Then from the middle of my stint my rear tires degraded a bit. Julien
Apothéloz was on about the same pace as me and then made an overly optimistic overtaking maneuver.
overtaking maneuver. Tomorrow we want to deliver the next strong race."
Julien Apothéloz - second place for Van Ommen Racing by DataLab.
"Second place is certainly good points, but we are in the fight for the title and of course would have
liked to catch up in the standings. Oscar delivered a great first stint and handed over the car to me in second place.
second place. I then also pushed and took a bit of a risk. Overall, I'm a little disappointed
disappointed about second place because we lost valuable points to the top of the standings.
points at the top of the standings. On Sunday, then, the race win should come."
Oscar Tunjo - Second place for Van Ommen Racing by DataLab.
"We wanted to win this race and so we are not completely satisfied with second place. Apart from that
Apart from that, we showed a strong race. This is the team's first time here at Assen. The
track is really great. In my stint I was in second position for most of the time. But I couldn't find
I couldn't get past the leader, because overtaking is not easy here. There are still
three races left. We'll keep doing our best as we're still in full title contention."
Matthias Lüthen - Third place for Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport.
"Third place feels like a win to me, especially since Laurents drove first and there was a lot of time in his
Stint there was a lot of time behind the safety car. I think Assen is just terrific. The fact that the track is
narrow, everything feels extremely fast. My father was here some 20 years ago
on a motorcycle here some 20 years ago."
Laurents Hörr - third place for Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport
"We struggled a bit with the car today, in that there was nothing more than third position
in it. Matthias did an incredible job. All in all, we can be satisfied with third place.
(Subject to change)
22.03.23 Pre-Season-Test Mugello
28.04.- 30.04.23 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (ADAC Racing Weekend)
26.05. - 28.05.23 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (DTM)
23.06. - 25.06.23 Circuit Zandvoort/NL (DTM)
07.07. - 09.07.23 Norisring (DTM)
01.09 - 03.09.23 TT Circuit Assen/NL (ADAC Racing Weekend)
13.10. - 15.10.23 Nürburgring (ADAC Racing Weekend)