The German Cup and Touring Car Trophy started its 11th season in full summer sunshine around three months later than usual on the weekend of 4-5 July at Hockenheim, with a 30-car grid.
In the first race, Harald Tänzler (BMW E46 WTC) celebrated a safe start-to-finish victory, his second overall victory in CTT. “The boys did a great job over the winter and put me in a super prepared car,” said Tänzler. Michael Nolte in a Porsche Supercup 3500 NM crossed the finish line eight seconds behind, while Jesco Kaczamarek was happy with third place in his Audi TTS. “The hot temperature meant I had to struggle with waning brakes in the second half of the race,” he said.
The fight of the race came - albeit in different classes – from Mike Münch (Ford Fiesta), Christoph Eicker (Renault Clio RS III) and Oliver Davidovic (Mini Cooper R56). For 30 minutes the three fought door-to-door, but always clean and fair and were a joy to watch. Münch, who is only 16 years old, came out ahead to take tenth overall.
Michael Nolte won the second race in bright sunshine. Manfred Lewe, who had been fastest in qualifying, had to let Nolte pass after a few laps. Despite everything, Lewe was more than satisfied with the result. After an accident in the first race, in which a rival had roughly driven into the side of his Seat Leon WTCC, putting him out, he was just glad to be able to start the second race, “Thanks to my boys who managed to get the car back so that a race was possible!” As in the first race, Jesco Kaczamarek completed the podium and, after two class wins, also leads the overall points table of the Cup and Touring Car Trophy.
The catch-up race was provided by Marc Ullrich, who, coming from the back in his VW Golf GTI, was still eighth overall. Next race for these Youngtimers will be on 11-13 September at Zolder.the three fought door-to-door, but always clean and fair and were a joy to watch. Münch, who is only 16 years old, came out ahead to take tenth overall.
Harald Tänzler showed a clean pair of heels to all comers in the first of two races, to score his second outright CTT win