Philipp Eng crowned 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Champion
The final round of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland saw 24-year-old Austrian, Philipp Eng secure his first sports car championship after seeing of title rival, Michael Ammermüller in a dramatic last race of the season at Hockenheimring.
After finishing Saturday’s first race in seventh, Team Project1 driver, Eng would enter Sunday’s race two with a mere six-point advantage over Ammermüller, the latter driving alongside 2013 Supercup champion, Nicki Thiim at Walter Lechner Racing.
Race one saw Ammermüller narrowly miss the podium however, the German’s fourth place was enough to trim Eng’s advantage as the 2014 season came down to a single, decisive race at the 2.84-mile track, Porsche’s home venue.
Starting from pole, Ammermüller was in a prime position to take the fight to Eng, who was separated from his rival on the grid by Thiim. However, any thoughts of the Dane protecting his teammate from the advances of Eng were quickly blown away as Thiim went on the attack from lap one.
Eng briefly relinquished his third place to Porsche Junior, Sven Müller however, the Austrian was able to get back in front, settling into the final podium position that would guarantee the title.
Two safety car appearances bunched the field up during a particularly frenzied Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland encounter however, Ammermüller was able to hold strong at the front of the field, eventually taking victory as a third accident curtailed the action early.
It was a bittersweet win for the bespectacled racer though as, behind second-placed Thiim, Eng held onto the final podium position, securing his maiden GT championship in his third year racing in the Carrera Cup Deutschland.
“I’m the happiest guy in the world,” Eng beamed after the race. “This title in the Porsche Carrera Cup means a great deal to me. My consistently good results are what counted in the end.”
Just two points was his eventual margin over Ammermüller, with Christian Engelhart (winner of race one at Hockenheim) a further 23 points back in third. In the Team Championship, the Ammermüller/Thiim one-two secured the title for Walter Lechner Racing, besting Eng’s Project1 outfit by a solitary point.
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