The third stop of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe (PSCCE) season next weekend (9/10 July) in Poland indicates the start of the hot phase of the title fight.
- Tor Poznań as perfect terrain for the Porsche one-make cup
- Two cars, double action: 911 GT3 Cup and 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
- Still unbeaten in 2021: Keep It Gold Racing and Junior Team Central Europe
After the events in Austria and Slovakia, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe organised by Lechner Racing is heading to the Polish mid-west. The challenging Tor Poznań circuit is located on the outskirts of the historically famous city of Poznań with its 500,000 inhabitants. The layout of the track, which is just over four kilometres long, on paper looks reminiscent of the Red Bull Ring, where the 2021 PSCCE season opener was held in May. But the character of the track in Poland is still different from that in Styria, if only because of the significantly lower altitude differences. The nine right-hand and five left-hand corners are of the faster variety and tricky, as some of the drivers already experienced at the only PSCCE start so far in Tor Poznań in 2019. Markus Sattler (GER) and Jan Antoszewski (POL) topped the result sheets then, the latter instantly winning his debut race in the series.
Local heroes to chase the favourites
The roles of the favourites in 2021 seem to be clearly distributed: In the top class of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, Freddy Fast (AUT) and team-mate Max Werndl (GER, both Keep It Gold Racing) won all their races so far. However, the two pursuers Freddy Kremer (GER, Kremer Racing) and Alex Ellinger (AUT, Autopark Wien) were able to put Fast and Werndl under pressure at times in the races – can they make the leap to the front in Poland?
Similar conditions prevail in GT4 Clubsport, where youngsters Jonas Greif (GER) and Frederick Jerich(AUT) from Junior Team Central Europe are unbeaten so far. In the Endurance races, too, Greif and Jerich have at times been unstoppable even by wind and weather. Following up in the overall standings and leader of the ProAM is Franz Dziwok (POL, FA1 Racing). At the Slovakia Ring, Dziwokonce again was the highest scorer in his class and was able to pull away from his pursuers Leo Willert(AUT, Heizer Monkeys Racing Team) and Micko Branislav (SVK, LAMA Racing). In addition to Dziwok, another Pole comes to his home race in Tor Poznań as the leader in his category: Tomasz Lach (POL) leads the AM classification after two of five events ahead of Maciej Walenda (ITA, both LAVA Racing).
The full clubsport series programme starts Thursday and Friday with testing and practice sessions. PSCCE Race Day is as usual on Saturday with two sprint races and the 100-mile race with a pursuit start as a spectacular finale.
Robert Lechner (Sporting Director PSCCE):
"Tor Poznań is a very selective racetrack, but it is often underestimated. Especially with the GT3 cars, which are taking part for the first time this year, it will be a great challenge! With the experience of our engineers and instructors, we can bring all our competitors up to the limit at the right pace. Lechner Racing's recent successes in the International GT Open with Andy Soucek and Al Faisal Al Zubair underpin this expertise, which benefits our customers all over the world."
Franz Dziwok (Poland, Leader in ProAM GT4 Clubsport):
"I am really looking forward to Poznań. Right now I trained on this track more often because my 14-year-old son is taking his first steps in motorsport – hopefully we'll both get something out of it now!"