The long wait is over for fans of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: from May 5 to 7, the Porsche brand cup will enter its 33rd season at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).
The doubleheader event as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC support program promises to be a spectacular start to the season. With a total of 32 drivers in their 375 kW (510 hp) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the starting grid is in full swing. Fans can watch the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland live on the German free TV channel NITRO. RTL Deutschland joins the series this year as a new TV partner.
“A full starting grid and 16 races in five countries are the perfect ingredients for an exciting season,” says Hurui Issak, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “The pre-season test at the Nürburgring underlined how competitive it is at the top. We welcome NITRO as our new TV partner, which has already proven its motorsport expertise with the live broadcasts of the ADAC GT Masters and the Nürburgring 24-hour race.” After the opening round at Spa-Francorchamps, the action continues through October with six events alongside the ADAC GT Masters and one with the DTM.
Defending champion Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) will be chasing records this year. In 2020 and 2021, the Dutchman claimed the championship title – no other driver won three titles in more than 30 years of the branded cup. However, he faces stiff opposition, notably from Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), the 2021 rookie title winner, Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon) and Briton Lorcan Hanafin (Fach Auto Tech), the vice champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. The youngsters will compete against two experienced competitors: Dylan Pereira (IronForce Racing by Phoenix) from Luxembourg made his debut in the Carrera Cup in 2016 and last year took part in the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA WEC. Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing), three-time overall winner of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (2017-2019) and 2020 champion of the ADAC GT Masters, is celebrating his comeback in the Carrera Cup.
In addition to the driver standings, racers also hunt for points and prize money in the rookie and ProAm classes. Eight talented youngsters from five countries compete for honors in the rookie classification. 21-year-old Ariel Levi (Huber Racing) is the first driver from Israel to participate in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. For Carlos Rivas (Black Falcon), 2022 will be his sixth season. In the past three years, the Luxembourger has won the ProAm title and is eager to extend his record of most race wins (39 wins) in his category.
Fans can follow the racing action of this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland again on German Free TV. The television channel NITRO broadcasts all races of the ADAC GT Masters weekends live and supplements the races with extensive preliminary reports. The races will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday immediately after the GT3 series from 2.30 pm. All 16 races can be seen live or afterwards on-demand on RTL+, Germany’s leading streaming platform. In addition, the news channel ntv offers a look behind the scenes of the racing series in five episodes of “PS – Porsche Carrera Cup”. All rounds will also be streamed live on the Porsche Carrera Cup YouTube channels and the Porsche Motorsport Hub.
Teams and drivers can expect an exciting doubleheader event. With 7,004 kilometers, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is the longest circuit on this year’s calendar. The legendary circuit in the Belgian Ardennes consists of long straights and spectacular turns, such as the famous Raidillon/Eau Rouge and Blanchimont passages, as well as the hairpin bends of La Source. The first Carrera Cup race of the new season will start this Friday at 5:20 PM local time. Race two kicks off Saturday at 10:55am and will be broadcast live by NITRO.
2022 entry list Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
02 Georgi Donchev (Bulgaria/Huber Racing)
03 Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
04 Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon)
05 Sören Spreng (Germany/Black Falcon)
06 Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon)
07 Christof Langer (Germany/Fach Auto Tech)
08 Alexander Fach (Switzerland/Fach Auto Tech)
09 Lorcan Hanafin (Great Britain/Fach Auto Tech)
10 Matthias Jeserich (Germany/HRT Performance)
13 Alexander Tauscher (Germany/Allied-Racing)
14 Morris Schuring (Netherlands/SSR Huber Racing)
20 Harald Proczyk (Austria/HP Racing International)
23 Lukas Ertl (Germany/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
24 Max van Splunteren (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
25 Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
26 Jesse van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite)
27 Daan van Kuijk (Netherlands/GP Elite)
28 Lucas Groeneveld (Netherlands/GP Elite)
29 Huub van Eijndhoven (Netherlands/Team GP Elite)
31 Sebastian Freymuth (Germany/HRT Performance)
40 Jukka Honkavuori (Finland/ID Racing)
44 Jonas Greif (Germany/ID Racing)
57 Rudy van Buren (Netherlands/Huber Racing)
69 Holger Harmsen (Germany/HRT Motorsport)
75 Ariel Levi (Israel/Huber Racing)
84 Ahmad Alshehab (Kuwait/CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin)
92 Michael Ammermüller (Germany/SSR Huber Racing)
94 Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
95 Richard Wagner (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
96 Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany/IronForce Racing by Phoenix)
98 Jan Seyffert (Germany/HP Racing International)
99 Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing)