Continuation of the points chase in Poland: After the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe (PSCCE) events in Austria and Slovakia, the one-make cup was also hotly contested at the Tor Poznań circuit.
- Fast/Werndl (GT3) and Jerich/Greif (GT4) remain unbeaten in the sprints
- Superb home victory for Dziwok (with Janits) in endurance race
- Continuation after the summer break at the Hungaroring (August 13/14)
The third race day of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe 2021 took place on Poland's largest racetrack, Tor Poznań, on Saturday in great weather conditions. For organiser Lechner Racing, it was a real team effort, as the Salzburg-based motorsport squad also fielded teams in the International GT Open and the Porsche Carrera Cup France on the same weekend. The participants of the Porsche Sprint Challenge kept their fingers crossed for their "teammates" from afar in the best atmosphere in the PSCCE paddock.
This time in the Keep It Gold Racing team it was Max Werndl (GER) to make the difference in the first race of the weekend. The current championship leader managed to do so in an extremely commanding manner. Werndl dominated the GT3 Cup class and won by more than half a minute over the best ProAM driver of the weekend, Markus Sedlmaier (GER, Kremer Racing).
As usual, things were much closer in the GT4 Clubsport. Although Jonas Greif (GER) from Junior Team Central Europe won for the third time this season, local hero Franz Dziwok (POL, FA1 Racing) did not let go and put Greif under massive pressure, especially in the last third of the race. At the finish line, the two were separated by less than half a second. Third place went to Dziwok's rival for the ProAM title, Leo Willert (AUT, Heizer Monkeys Racing Team), who again left the group of Walenda, Mrugalski, Bönighausen and Ziemian behind him.
Freddy Fast (AUT, Keep It Gold Racing) wanted to complete his sprint race as confidently as Werndl. However, he was up against namesake Freddy Kremer (GER, Kremer Racing), who not only set the fastest race lap, but also took the lead on lap 13 after a short slip by Fast. However, it remained a short-lived joy for Kremer. With outside temperatures of over 30 degrees on a challenging racetrack that does not allow for any time to really take a breath, a mistake happened to him as well. So Fast again took the full points, following in his team mate Werndl’s footsteps to the next event in Budapest.
The situation in the GT4 was somewhat clearer in race 2: Frederick Jerich (AUT, Junior Team Central Europe) also did what he had been doing all year. Starting from the class pole position, he used the Michelin slicks ideally and successfully fought off Franz Dziwok, who again came home second. Third place went to Jakub Litwin (POL, Auto Dusza), who collected silverware on his first appearance in the PSCCE. As in race 1, Blazej Mrugalski (POL, Netbox Racing) was the fastest AM driver.
100 Miles of Poland
The GT4 Club Sportsmen's chase race in the evening once again turned into a thriller. In the early stages, five Porsche 718 Cayman GT4s were inseparable at the front for a long time. On lap 2, Florian Janits (AUT, FA1 Racing) took the lead from Jonas Greif. The former Formula 4 driver managed to pull a gap after some time, which gave team-mate Dziwok an advantage for the second half of the race. From then on, Dziwok was hunted by Greif's partner Jerich, who was getting closer and closer in big steps. In the last minutes of the race Jerich came within reach of an attack, but Dziwok kept his nerve and celebrated a loudly cheered home victory in the 100-mile endurance race. The fight for third place was similarly thrilling, with Leo Willert/Jakob Schober (AUT, Heizer Monkeys Racing Team) ultimately prevailing just as narrowly against Blazej Mrugalski and GT4 ace Lennart Marionek (GER) from Team Netbox Racing.
Once again unbeatable in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Max Werndl and Freddy Fast (Keep It Gold Racing). Second place in the large class went to Freddy Kremer and Markus Sedlmaier (Kremer Racing).
Next tour stop for the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe: on 13 and 14 August in Hungary's capital Budapest.
Max Werndl (Sprint and Endurance GT3 Cup Tor Poznań 2021 winner):
"A very good weekend! Once again, we won everything that can be won. But it was a ride on a razor's edge because the track - it was my first time there - is quite demanding and exhausting. In terms of the title fight, my teammate Freddy Fast and I don't see ourselves as opponents – 'us against the others' is our motto. We complement each other congenially and it's just a hundred times more fun in pairs!"
Florian Janits (Endurance winner with Franz Dziwok GT4 Clubsport Tor Poznań 2021):
"Our plan was clear: I was to take over first place right at the start and try to get a lead. I managed to do that without going too hard on the tyres. But I knew that Fred Jerich would be fast and that it would be tight with my teammate Franz Dziwok at the end. But getting there and overtaking are two different things. Franz has improved a lot since the Slovakia Ring, he drives cleanly and very consistently. I have great respect for his performance!"
Robert Lechner (Sporting Director PSCCE):
"We were very excited to return to Poland after the premiere in 2019. With five Polish starters in the PSCCE field, it also shows that our efforts in the region are bearing fruit. In all three races, we again experienced sportingly fair and close battles for positions. I would like to thank the whole team of Lechner Racing, who solve the challenges of running and organising such an event in the best possible way. In cooperation with Porsche Central and Eastern Europe and Porsche Poland, we had the entire Porsche product range on site in Poznań, from the new GT3 road car to the Taycan Turbo, and finally also spectators and VIP guests back with us in the paddock. This brings us a bit closer to normality again."