Monthly Update – April
Raceunion Porsche Cup World Tour Le Mans
Round 5 of the Raceunion Porsche Cup World Tour lead our drivers Maximilian Benecke, Marc Elkemann, Jonas Wallmeier, Niclas Laubisch and Patrick Pichler to Le Mans, France. Max as the championship leader immediately showed that he means business as he claimed pole position in Qualifying with a 0.4s gap to the 2nd placed car of Alexander Voß. Jonas completed the Top 3 with Niclas putting his Porsche right behind in P4. Marc and Patrick were hoping for a better session as Marc rounded out the Top 10 with Patrick placing his car on P11.
In the race it was a strong showing from our team as Max and Jonas could set the pace at the front with other drivers suffering from slowdown penalties. In the end Max would barely edge out Jonas for the win, with SimRCs Jürgen Frank rounding out the Podium. Marc missed out on the Top 5 with P6 as did Patrick Pichler who finished the race right behind him in P7. After a strong qualifying there was no luck for Niclas as he finished the race in P8.
GT iRacing World Championship Monza 3h
After our victory at Sebring last month this weekend was a tough one, as the Audi received quite a hefty weight penalty as part of a mid season BOP adjustment. Not only was the car a bit slower, but it also had an impact on its fuel mileage, which was quite noticeable due to Monza’s top speed characteristics.
The qualifying was already showeing what we expected with Maximilian Benecke being our highest qualifier on P10 while Damien put the #73 Black on P18. Struggling were Daniel Schüch and Jonas Wallmeier who put their cars on P22 and P23 respectively.
The race start should already show us what this race had in par for us as the #72 got involved in a small T1 pileup and then got pushed out of the way by the #15 Odox Motorsport Audi infront of Curva Grande. The #73 Black and #71 Blue car were equally unlucky, getting involved in multiple incidents which left their cars damaged. It was then on the #72 Red and #84 Yellow to score good points for our team. Max Benecke alongside Ivo Howeller managed to slice their way back through the field, not only choosing a very good strategy but also showing the pace to back it up. Ultimately they finished in P10 to retain their championship lead while Daniel Schüch and Marc Elkemann drove flawlessly throughout the 3 hours and finished in P11. Damien Mcphee and Denis Grabovsky were carrying their car home into P19 with Maximilian Wenig and Jonas Wallmeier finishing in P26.
With that result the #72 Red retains its championship lead by 4 points infront of Team 33 and FA Racing G2. Thanks to their strong finish, the #84 moves up to P13 in the standings with the #73 Black being in P27 and the #71 Blue in P36.
Signing Fabrice Cornelis
Probably the least surprising signing we made this year. After being on trial with us for around 3 weeks Fabrice will join the team and reinforce our Prototype lineup while also supporting the GT lineup, Welcome Fabrice!