5th round Porsche Carrera Cup – Nürburgring (GER) Disaster in the Eifel


5th round Porsche Carrera Cup – Nürburgring (GER) Disaster in the Eifel


After the good results of the previous race on the Norisring, the team Schnabl Engineering had to take a setback at the fifth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Nürburgring. Martin Ragginger retired already in the formation lap with a broken drive shaft before the race was even started. Stefan Wendt slid into the gravel trap and finally had to settle with 21st position, while Hannes Plesse, finishing twelfth, saved the Team from German from a total disaster.

However, with positions two and three for Martin Ragginger in the free practice sessions on Friday, the weekend started quite well. “A strong beginning, now I want to make it into the first row of the starting gird”, was the aim of the former Porsche-Junior. With sixth position he missed it and appeared a kind of helpless after the qualifying. "My Porsche was completely different in comparison with yesterday. With new tyres I was only able to do a similar lap time like I did on Friday. I can’t really understand that yet”, so the Austrian. "Of course all of us are a little disappointed now but we will get together, analyse the data and improve our car. Tomorrow, I hope to improve forwards."

On the Sunday all participants of the Porsche Carrera were taken by surprise first. The weather capers, notorious for the Eifel-region, made a start according to the regular time schedule impossible. Because of dense fog and heavy rain the rescue helicopter could not have taken off if necessary. Postponed to 17.15pm, the pilots of the fastest German brands cup were finally on their way into the starting grid. At the same time this was the moment when disappointment appeared in the faces of the team for the first time this day. Still being on the formation Lap, Raggingers Porsche slowed down and let him retire from the race. “I have tried to warm up the tyres, when I heard a noise and the car stopped to move forward", so the Austrian after its return into the pits. "It looks as if a drive shaft is broken."

No much more happiness had Stefan Wendt, who on Saturday qualified for the twelfth position in the starting grid. "What shall I say about such a weekend? After the free practice session it went bad for me. My start was poor, and if that was not enough I had trouble to change gears and went off into the gravel. However, I could continue with the race, but I didn’t have a chance to finish within the points, though", the German commented on rank twenty one.

Only Hannes Plesse was able to collect some points for his account in the driver standings of the championship. On Saturday, the Schnabl-Engineering-Pilot still appeared disappointed. "After the good free sessions I had expected a better result in the qualifying, but somehow it seems we have made a step back. Starting from seventeenth position it’s a hard piece of work ahead in the race tomorrow." On Sunday evening, Plesse battled forward, improved position by position and finally finished the race twelfth. “Today I could keep the losses low. I pushed during the whole race and I arrived with still having all four wheels at my Porsche. My car was quite good, we obviously mad a step forward today”, the Schnabl-Engineering-Pilot felt content.

"Except for the Friday the weekend at the Nürburgring was rather a catastrophe. After the tests here, we had hoped for a further podium finish at the race in the Eifel, but we unfortunately have not been able to convert this during the qualifying ", team manager Sven Schnabl appeared disappointed. “We just didn’t manage to get the rear axle work the way we wanted. The broken drive shaft of Martin Ragginger was simply bad luck. Stefan Wendt at his journey through the gravel lost the splitter of his front spoiler and fought with blunt weapons on improving positions again. Only Hannes Plesse has made a good job today."
The next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup takes place in the Dutch Zandvoort, from August 18th to 22nd

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