The Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe (PSCCE) has started its second season in Slovakia. One thing is certain: the Clubsport experience of Lechner Racing is as attractive as ever!
- A successful season’s kick-off on 24th/25th July on Slovakiaring
- Sascha Halek wins both sprint races
- Juniors Greif/Waldhier impress in the 100 Miles of Slovakia
Drivers from eight nations were happy to meet man and machine once again at the kick-off event of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe. Challenged by rain during the qualifications or heat during the race, the Michelin tyres and the drivers' skills were put to an awe-inspiring test. Despite the long break in racing, the drivers' fast lap times and exciting duels proved that they were well prepared to take on the challenge in the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Sascha Halek (AUT, PZWNRacing) was quite busy despite two wins in the sprint races. Jan Antoszewski (POL, Junior Team Central Europe) had extensively studied the rear end of Halek's Cayman GT4 in race 1, but even the last overtaking attempts were in vain. For this fantastic finale the mechanics gave a round of applause in the pit lane. Freddy Fast (AUT, Freddy Fast Racing) won the ProAm category ahead of Milan Sitniansky (CZE, Sportgarage). The first race win of the year in the AM went to Nagy Zsombor (HUN, MSR).
Frederick Jerich (AUT, Junior Team Central Europe) got stuck in a group at the beginning of the second race. With fast lap times later in the race and the progress to second place behind double race winner Halek, the 17-year-old once again proved that he is one of the fastest drivers this year. The South Tyrolean Andreas Mayrl (Car-Y Racing) crossed the finish line for the first time in third place. Franz Dziwok (POL, MSR) took the cup for the ProAm victory, while Svetlana Gorbunova (RUS, #JokerRacing) was awarded the AM trophy.
100 Miles of Slovakia
For almost the whole distance the duo Sascha Halek/Reini Sampl (AUT, PZWN Racing) led the Endurance race. However, a clever race strategy and a late safety car period mixed the field again and Jonas Greif and Eddy Waldhier (GER, Junior Team Germany) became the two PSCCE rookies who made it to the top. An impressive comeback, because at half race distance the two youngsters were only sixth and almost half a minute behind the first. Only a few weeks ago, Waldhier beat thousands of competitors in the "Super Racer" casting and won a cockpit at Lechner Racing in the PSCCE. Freddy Fast's comeback was also remarkable: He had an accident in the second sprint race and drove home just two hours later in second place overall and the winner of the ProAm category. With Milan Sitniansky another solo driver made it onto the podium.
The next highlight in the PSCCE calendar: the Summer Festival on 21st/22nd August at the fast and furious Salzburgring.
Sascha Halek (Slovakiaring double winner):
"With two wins, of course, a dream debut for our Porsche Zentrum Wien Nord Racing. In the sprint races I always had my eyes on the rear-view mirror and tried to control the race, but the youngsters didn't give in until the very end!"
Edwin Waldhier (From casting winner to endurance winner):
"I passed one after the other and didn't even count. When the safety car came out, I realized that I was in front. Big thanks also to Jonas who saved the tyres at the beginning so that I could still push at the end.”
Robert Lechner (Sporting Director PSCCE):
"Our drivers gave a fantastic racing performance in all classes and showed that even after a longer break in racing, they are by no means rusty. Now we are looking forward to the race at the beautiful Salzburgring, very close to the Lechner Racing Headquarters."
Coming-up races Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe in 2020:
21st/22nd of August Summer Festival Salzburgring (AUT)
11th/12th of September Final Event & Party Autodrom Most (CZE)