Porsche Carrera Cup: This Porsche champion drives with Verstappen

The new champion is also the old one: with eight wins, Larry ten Voorde (25 / Team GP Elite) crowned himself champion in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany last weekend in Hockenheim. The winning Dutchman managed to defend his title directly – previously only Philipp Eng (2014 and 2015) could do that.

“Nobody has ever succeeded in winning the title in both the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup twice in a row,” stresses Ten Voorde. “When you consider how many great drivers have started in these series, that makes me very proud.”

Especially since the driver is more important than the car in the one-make cup. “We are all competing in the same vehicle, which is what makes the Porsche Carrera Cup so attractive,” explains the champion. “Still, there are ways to work on the setup. For example, the air pressure or the position of the rear wing. The challenge is to find the optimal settings for the route in combination with your own driving style. ”
The current model of the 510 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup has only been used since this season. Ten Voorde: “I had a good feeling straight away. The car has significantly more aerodynamics, which means that you can drive at higher speeds in corners. From my point of view this is an advantage for newcomers and it has also been seen over the season that the lap times of the first ten to 15 drivers were often very close together. “

But it is not that easy to become a master. The champion himself knows that too: “Overtaking maneuvers are more of a challenge because the aerodynamics decrease somewhat in the slipstream and the driver is therefore more challenged,” he says.

Larry ten Voorde is the new and old champion in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.

The Dutchman himself has evolved since his debut season. “I’ve definitely grown up,” admits the 25-year-old. “In my first season I had a lot of fire in me, sometimes I was a little over-motivated. However, the situation cannot be compared with today. I had little budget and sometimes didn’t even know whether I would be back in the cockpit at all for the next race weekend. So every race could have been the last chance to present myself and show my talent. I felt the pressure. “

The statement shows that nothing works in motorsport without a budget. Ten Voorde also states: “In 2014 and 2015 I was unable to do motorsport due to a lack of budget (after a successful kart career and beginnings in formula racing; d. Ed.). Nevertheless, I didn’t give up during that time and washed cars on the route in Zandvoort, helped with driver safety training or sold coffee. I just wanted to stay connected to motorsport. “

A phase that made him stronger: “Looking back, it was the most important phase of my career. During this time it became clear to me that I definitely want to become a racing driver and that I will give everything for it. ”He will return to motorsport in 2016 through the Porsche Sports Cup Germany, where he will become champion straight away.

With Verstappen, Ten Voorde even drives together in the sim racing team Redline in the virtual racing world.

This year Ten Voorde is already the second international Dutch champion of the year: Nyck de Vries became champion in Formula E, and Max Verstappen is chasing the world title in Formula 1. “Motorsport is currently enjoying huge popularity in the Netherlands, which of course is largely due to Max Verstappen,” says the Porsche driver. “The Formula 1 race in Zandvoort with the large number of spectators was great and showed how much passion people in the Netherlands are after motorsport.”

With Verstappen, Ten Voorde even drives together in the sim racing team Redline in the virtual racing world. “Sometimes he still gives us feedback in the middle of the night for better setup settings in the simulator,” reveals the Carrera champ. “He accepts every challenge. That’s exactly what I like about him. “

And what comes after four Porsche Cup titles in a row? “I want to win more titles,” says Ten Voorde confidently, “preferably in endurance races. Winning the 24-hour races in Le Mans, Dubai or Daytona would be a dream. ”

It cannot be ruled out that this will also come true.

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