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Marco Bedrich clinches PRTC title in thrilling final on the Nürburgring GP circuit



Nürburgring. After an exhilarating racing season, the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) entered the home straight on September 29-30, 2023 at the 5.1 km Nürburgring GP circuit. Rounds 11 & 12 were held on the legendary race track in the Eifel region. Here, the battle for the title over the course of the season reached another peak: in the table, there were only 4 points between leading driver Dirk Ehlebracht (GER, Oberursel) and second from top Marco Bedrich (GER, Cottbus) before the start of the last racing weekend.

True to the series motto "real cars, real racing", both ambitious youngsters and experienced "gentleman drivers" in the starting field again competed against each other in the PRTC. The only female driver in the starting field, Ruth Mbabazi (CHE, Vesenaz) completed her third racing weekend of the season.

“Another thrilling touring car season is coming to an end. In the shadows of the legendary Nürburg, the driver who can take home this year’s title will be decided, but the fight for 3rd place in the championship is also exciting. Good luck to all the drivers!” said series organizer Andreas Pfister before the start of the racing weekend.


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Marco Bedrich (l.) VS. Dirk Ehlebracht (r.) was the great PRTC title duel at the Nürburgring

After the first free training session, the touring car drivers went into the important qualifying session on Friday to earn their position on the starting grid. The weather at the Nürburgring was playing nicely, for the time being: the drivers were welcomed to the track by sunshine and stable conditions. 

Of course, all eyes were on the results of the two title competitors. The Nürburgring GP circuit is already well known to both Bedrich and Ehlebracht, which is why both had similar requirements as they went into the time chase.


Only two tenths of a second between top contenders in the qualifying session


During the qualifying session, the two title candidates gave us a foretaste of what’s to come: an extremely close racing weekend in the battle for the title. With a lap time of 2:41:177, Marco Bedrich secured the pole position, but only just ahead of Dirk Ehlebracht’s 2:41:396.

Dario Apa (CHE, Zurich) made it to the third position in the starting field, ahead of Thomas Eckert (GER, Nuremberg).

The third starting row featured Lars Stubanus (GER, Gernsbach) and Ruth Mbabazi in front of Marcalis Shinaul (USA, Ansbach) in the CUPRA Ibiza racing car.


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Making strong progress: Dario Apa from Zurich


Match point after Bedrich victory in the first race: “ex ae quo” for the last race

The first race got underway with a rolling "Indianapolis start”, and then the action on the track wasn’t long in coming.

Pole setter Bedrich had to fend off direct, hard attacks from Dirk Ehlebracht, and, lap by lap, they regularly switched positions.

There were also a few duels going on behind them: Lars Stubanus managed to pass Thomas Eckert, moving himself to a better position.

At the front, the first two had managed to give themselves a small lead, but Dario Apa in 3rd place was also able to keep up.


After a few yellow phases, caused by the large starting field on the race track, the final phase of the first race began.

Bedrich was able to assert himself against Ehlebracht and hold onto his lead. To make matters worse for Ehlebracht, shortly before the end of the race, there was a problem with the release bearing on his CHEVROLET Cruze Eurocup racing car, which left him in third place behind Dario Apa, who was enjoying his best season result so far.


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He has surpassed himself and managed to turn the championship to his favor: Marco Bedrich

This race result meant that both Dirk Ehlebracht and Marco Bedrich were going into the final “ex ae quo”, with 86 points each, and with everything coming down to Saturday’s race.


Motorsport drama in the second race:


the last lap is the decider for the 2023 PRTC title.

After the first race on Friday, the weather conditions became the focus at first, as stormy and rainy weather changed the conditions completely. And yet, just as the Eifel is known for its changeable weather conditions, it became dry once more for the 2nd race on Saturday.

After the start, Dirk Ehlebracht went all in and managed to take the lead from Bedrich which, at this point in time, made him the PRTC championship leader.

At first, Ehlebracht stayed at the front and a Full Course Yellow phase kept the race neutral for a time.


Ehlebracht had thus established himself ahead of Bedrich and Apa, and also Thomas Eckert in the next position, who had managed to pass Lars Stubanus.

Marco Bedrich may well have had something to worry about: if the race were to end in a Full Course Yellow, Dirk Ehlebracht would be the winner in the overall ranking.

There was to be a final showdown, however. The last two laps of the race got underway and Dirk Ehlebracht in first place managed to lead the field into the last lap.

Marco Bedrich went straight for the attack, and the duel for the championship lasted for almost half the lap, with both contenders leaving no quarter from curve to curve and both attempting to wrangle the lead off of the other.


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Podium in race 1: Dario Apa (l.), Marco Bedrich (m.) and Dirk Ehlebracht (r.)

In the last meters of the race, Marco Bedrich was able to assert himself against Dirk Ehlebracht and drive into the 2023 PRTC championship victory. Meanwhile, the winner of the last race was someone else: Dario Apa used the duel between the two drivers and took his victory ahead of Bedrich and Ehlebracht back home with him to Switzerland.

Now, all that’s left is for the outstanding drivers to celebrate their successes. The PRTC has its well-earned break until the annual champion celebration “finishing straight” takes place at the end of the year in Würzburg.


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Dario Apa wins the PRTC at Lausitzring for Switzerland – Dirk Ehlebracht extends championship lead


Lausitzring. The Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) from 03-04/06/2023 at the DEKRA Lausitzring has already reached its mid-season with the competitive races 5 & 6. Many visitors made their way to the racing circuit to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the diverse program of the ADAC racing weekend at no cost. You could also follow the races on screen thanks to a brilliant live-stream with commentary.

The Lausitzring is the only circuit with a steep turn on the PRTC race calendar and puts the drivers to the test with a challenging "in-field".

True to the series motto "real cars, real racing", both ambitious youngsters and experienced "gentleman drivers" again competed against each other in the PRTC. Ruth Mbabazi from Switzerland made her touring car debut on this racing weekend. The 28-year-old was able to successfully participate in a racing driver licensing course and now ventures into competition.

"An exciting racing season is entering its next stage. The Lausitzring awaits us, together with our friends from the Touring Car Classics as well as bright sunshine and the best track conditions. These are the best conditions for real touring car motorsporting, which the PRTC will once again give us this racing weekend!" says series organizer Andreas Pfister before the start of the racing weekend.



Ruth Mbabazi (CHE) made it onto the podium on her touring car debut

After the first test drives on Friday and Saturday, the touring car drivers went into the important qualifying laps to earn their position on the starting grid.


Clean start to the racing weekend with pole position for Dario Apa


Dario Apa (CHE, Zurich) already showed in the free practice that the Lausitzring circuit suits him well and that he could get used to the track very quickly. In the following qualifying session he reached pole position with a superb lap time of 1:53:320.

The first row of the starting grid was completed by local hero Marco Bedrich (GER, Cottbus) who was cheered on by his home fans.

The third place on the grid went to Lars Stubanus (GER, Gernsbach), ahead of Dirk Ehlebracht (GER, Oberursel), showing an upward trend.


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Man of the racing weekend: Dario Apa from Zurich


Unlucky fellow Marco Bedrich: Technical failure in the very first race

After the qualifying session, both the racers and the mechanics of the Pfister Racing Team had little time to prepare for the first race. The race was to be started with a rolling "Indianapolis start".

After the first lap there was a huge disappointment for the fans of Marco Bedrich: The Lausitz racer was very unlucky and had to park his touring car in the pit lane due to a performance loss.

Meanwhile, Dario Apa had a clear run at the front and was able to leave the competition behind right from the start of the race.


Ehlebracht scores further important points as "Mr. Consistency"



Dirk Ehlebracht drove himself into a tactically important second place. With the drop-out of his biggest rival for the championship, Marco Bedrich, Ehlebracht was able to add another 8 important points to his balance.

Behind them, Ruth Mbabazi made it to the podium in her first ever race in a touring car, and she was able to receive her first trophy.


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Strengthened his chances for a championship: Veteran Dirk Ehlebracht


Tire management also played a role at the Lausitzring: Those who brought their TOYO TIRES Proxes R888R semi-slicks best over the distance in the warm temperatures, had the best grip for the second race.

Second race, second victory: perfect weekend for Dario Apa

The second race on Sunday brought some more action, as is usual in the PRTC. Apa turned his pole position into a lead once again, but then had to contend with tenacious attacks from Marco Bedrich right from the start.


Bedrich launched a few attacks to claim the lead from the slipstream, but Apa slickly defended his leading position. Then, during the first overtakings, another moment of "aha" for Marco Bedrich: His front wheels locked and caused him to collide with a BMW, resulting in a damaged front bumper and a time penalty.

Dirk Ehlebracht had to work much harder in this race as well: For several laps he was in a duel with Lars Stubanus for the third position, which he finally managed to achieve by a narrow margin.


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Home podium despite a turbulent second race: Marco Bedrich from Cottbus


At the front, Apa let nothing get in his way and took his second win at the Lausitzring and his joy was palpable as he got out of his racing car. Marco Bedrich was able to take the second place in front of Dirk Ehlebracht despite a time penalty, and could thus do some "damage limitation" for his home race.

In the overall ranking, Dirk Ehlebracht is now on the first place with a total of 50 points, ahead of Marco Bedrich with 36 points and Raphael Rennhofer (AUT, Niederneukirchen) with 30 points.

The next PRTC action will take place from 28-30/07/2023, again as part of the ADAC Racing Weekend, but this time at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.


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From March 24th to 26th, 2023, the new DMV STGT racing series started for the first time at the Hockenheimring

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The racing driver Ellis Spiezia (USA) started for the Pfister-Racing Team with the starting number 007 in the CUPRA Leon TCR racing car. In a race weekend characterized by different weather conditions, Spiezia was able to make his debut in the 350 hp TCR racing car in an outstanding manner and achieved 5th and 6th place in his classification class, in which racing cars with significantly more powerful engines compete in some cases. After the race weekend, Ellis Spiezia made the following statement:

"An awesome first weekend in the toughest conditions I´ve ever driven. Proud to have kept in on track without any traction control or ABS like the porsche boys"

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Team boss Andreas Pfister: "The race weekend at the Hockenheimring was quite successful for us as a debut in the DMV STGT. Our CUPRA racing car worked perfectly and Ellis Spiezia was able to get used to the racing car better from lap to lap and also let the adverse weather conditions help her Don't get frustrated. We're already looking forward to the Circuit Zolder, where we'll definitely be able to annoy some Porsche racing cars with much more powerful engines!"

The next race weekend of the DMV STGT starts from April 28th to 30th, 2023 at the Circuit Zolder (BEL)



You can find more information about the racing driver Ellis Spiezia on the homepage: as well on Instagram at:



Pictures: Pfister-Racing GmbH

Veteran Dirk Ehlebracht achieves double PRTC victory at the Hockenheimring



Hockenheimring. This year’s opening weekend of the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) season took place at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg from 24-26/03/2023. Many visitors made their way to the racing circuit to take in the atmosphere of the vast program of the DMV racing weekend. You could also follow the races on screen thanks to a brilliant live-stream with commentary.

Once more, the PRTC was true to the series motto “real cars, real racing” with a vast starting field where plenty of touring car action could be found.  

“We started 2023’s season with a great deal of motivation, also with thanks to the excellent support from our official series partners TOYO TIRES, CARAMBA CHEMIE, RAVENOL, SONIC EQUIPMENT and ACV (Automobil-Club Verkehr). We saw veterans of the sport and gentleman drivers as well as rookies and enthusiastic youngsters at the Hockenheimring. This appealing mix will bring us a great deal of excitement, of that I am sure. And all this at affordable costs for the drivers!” explained series organizer Andreas Pfister before the start of the racing weekend.



Marcalis Shinaul (USA) had his debut at the Hockenheimring in PRTC class 1 in the CUPRA Ibiza racing car

The drivers were accompanied by changing spring weather conditions over the entire weekend

The constantly changing weather added another little bit of excitement. Intermittent rain showers with the racing circuit then drying off again when the sun came out really put the drivers to the test. But in any case, the drivers had the right tires on their cars for these conditions:

the Semi-Slick Proxes R888R from TOYO TIRES offers the ideal grip in both dry and wet track conditions.


A surprise during a rainy qualifying session: Marco Chianese gets first pole position


After the first free training session in which the drivers were able to get used to the racing circuit, the qualifying session started to determine the starting line-up, which could only be released during the second attempt.

In wet and slippery track conditions, Marco Chianese (ITA, Würzburg) had an excellent round with a time of 2:38:877 which secured him his first pole position, just ahead of Raphael Rennhofer (AUT, Niederneukirchen).

Next in line was Marco Bedrich (GER, Cottbus) and Dirk Ehlebracht (GER, Oberursel) who made up the second row of the starting line-up.

The best starting position in class 1 was secured by youngster Florian Bek (GER, Blaustein), ahead of Marcalis Shinaul (USA, Ansbach).


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Marco Chianese (ITA) taking his first pole position with an excellent lap time, ahead of Raphael Rennhofer

The first race brings a dry spell and a turbulent initial phase

After the starting positions were determined in the qualifying session, the drivers were all dealt a new hand before the first race on Saturday evening. The racing circuit had time to dry off completely, and the drivers had completely different conditions to contend with yet again.

The race was started with a rolling “Indianapolis start,” where the racing cars approach the starting lights in a two-by-two formation.


Ehlebracht in first place: a confident victory in race 1



After the starting lights announced the start of the race, Marco Chianese failed to capitalize on his good position and had a bad start in the sprint to the first curve. Another racer, however, who did certainly manage to throw the weight of his experience to his advantage was Dirk Ehlebracht. He sprinted from fourth position directly to the front, and took the lead directly after the first curve with a courageous brake maneuver.

He was also able to reinforce this lead straight away thanks to his strong lap times and managed to achieve a respectable distance from the competition, which lost a few meters on the racing circuit due to various points where two or even three drivers were battling it out between themselves.


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A perfect start to the season for Dirk Ehlebracht from Oberursel with a total of 20 points

After a few skirmishes, Marco Bedrich was able to assert himself as Ehlebracht’s chaser in his CHEVROLET Cruze Eurocup racing car 1.8 LT V4, securing himself second place. He was followed by David Stein (GER, Usingen) and Marco Chianese by just a few seconds.

In class 1 of the CUPRA Ibiza racing car, Florian Bek let nothing get in his way and placed well ahead of Marcalis Shinaul, and was even able to battle for the positions with a few “Chevy racing cars.”

Dirk Ehlebracht confidently took home his first victory of the season, ahead of Marco Bedrich and David Stein, whose third place secured him a PRTC podium position for the first time. Marco Chianese had to be content with fourth place, ahead of Raphael Rennhofer who rounded off the top 5.

The other point positions went to Hasan Blitz (GER, Germering) ahead of Lars Stubanus (GER, Gernsbach), Dominik Amthor (GER, Munich) and Benjamin Koslowski (USA, Atlanta) ,who all enjoyed their PRTC debut with their first racing weekend.


A rainy battle in the second race



The weather conditions were all over the place again for the second race on Sunday. The heavens opened once more over the Hockenheimring and made for a rainy race, really putting the drivers to the test also in terms of the difficult visibility caused by the spray.

This time, Ehlebracht took advantage of his excellent starting position and maintained his lead in front of Marco Bedrich, who put real pressure on him over the course of the race and coped well with the slippery track conditions.


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From left to right: Marco Bedrich, Dirk Ehlebracht and Raphael Rennhofer on the podium after race 2

But Ehlebracht, an old hand, made no mistakes and gave his chaser Bedrich no opportunity to pass him. Raphael Rennhofer also displayed his excellent driving skills: The 16-year-old Austrian achieved the fastest lap time with 2:41:800 on the clock, which meant that he also made it to the podium.

4th place went to Marco Chianese once more, ahead of David Stein who was able to round off the top 5 positions this time. In class 1, Florian Bek also took home a safe victory in the second race.

After the first battle at the famous Hockenheimring, the “PRTC heroes” don’t have very long to relax, because the next races will take place from 28-30/04/2023 at Circuit Zolder (BEL), which has been included as a PRTC season venue for the first time ever, which means that none of the drivers will have any experience-based advantage there.


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Pictures: Pfister-Racing GmbH



Marcalis Shinaul with debut in the Pfister-Racing Tourenwagen-Challenge (PRTC) 2023


Ansbach. Another talent will make its debut in the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) in the 2023 season. The 29-year-old racing driver from Ansbach (Bavaria) took part in the track day with a racing driver license course at the Salzburgring in September 2022. After successfully completing the course, he really "tasted blood" and now wants to prove his talent in the PRTC in a CUPRA Ibiza V1 Cup racing car.

“We are happy to welcome another talent in the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) with Marcalis Shinaul. Marcalis earned his first spurs at the track day and racing driver license course at the Salzburgring. He was able to successfully complete the license course, which enables him to enter the PRTC. We wish you every success from now on!” says series organizer Andreas Pfister.

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Andreas Pfister (l.) and Marcalis Shinaul (r.) with the racing-licence-certificate at Salzburgring


Racing driver Marcalis Shinaul is already looking forward to the coming racing season:

“As this is my rookie season, I hope to learn and grow as a driver as soon as possible. I just want to show what I'm capable of behind the wheel and do my best!"


Pictures: Pfister-Racing GmbH

Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) announces race dates for 2023 –

 latest information on the PRTC at the Essen Motor Show


Obersfeld. “In every crisis there is an opportunity, and that includes motor racing. The interest in affordable touring car motor racing is even higher than ever, and we are pleased to be able to offer a contemporary, exciting and affordable product with the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC),” explains organizer Andreas Pfister. “This season, 21 drivers have already competed in 3 racing classes from 3 nations, and even more participants are expected next year. All the detailed information on the new season is also available at our booth in hall 8 at Essen Motor Show from December 3 to 11, 2022.”

The Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) enables affordable circuit motor racing to take place in Germany and its neighboring countries. Talented newcomers from the world of carting as well as from driver evaluation programs and racing driver license courses all participate in the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge. And they are joined by ambitious newcomers and gentleman drivers.

Considerable attention is paid to the professional marketing of the racing drivers and the sporting events in order to increase the attractiveness of touring car motor racing and to put the drivers and series partners in the limelight in a targeted way.

The winner of the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (Division A, Class 2) will receive a free test opportunity in the TCR racing car.

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real cars, real racing: that’s the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge!

appealing mix of ambitious youngsters and “gentlemen drivers”

Exciting touring car motor racing with genuine races is therefore guaranteed. The mix of ambitious youngsters from the world of carting as well as experienced “gentleman drivers” promises exciting wheel-to-wheel duels and genuine touring car motor racing on cool racing circuits.


Provisional racing calendar for 2023*




Official test day Steisslingen

Races 1 & 2 Hockenheimring GP circuit





May 2023

Races 3 & 4 Zolder circuit


Official test daySaalfelden




June 2023



Races 5 & 6 Motorsportarena Oschersleben


Races 7 and 8 Eurospeedway Lausitz 





Races 9 & 10 Salzburgring 



Races 11 & 12 Nürburgring GP circuit 



Official test day Salzburgring



*subject to approval of DMSB **Guest race

Eligible to start in the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) are touring cars according to FIA/DMSB Group H regulations in 4 different racing classes:

Class 1 – CUPRA Ibiza V1 Cup / Central fielding with rotating system

Class 2 – CHEVROLET Cruze Eurocup 1.8 LT V4 / Central fielding with rotating system

Class 3 – CUPRA Leon MKII DSG, SKODA Octavia Cup DSG or similar

Class 4 – CUPRA Leon TCR or similar


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The class winners win honorary awards and other high-quality prizes. Opportunities for entry are available as part of the ACV Touring Car Driver Evaluation and by attending a racing driver license course.

As part of the official test days, it is possible to book experienced instructors in 1:1 Active Coaching sessions in order to prepare quickly and purposefully for joining a race.

Further information on the driver support program of Pfister Racing GmbH, the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge and the ACV Touring Car Driver Evaluation is available at and – you are also welcome to contact us by telephone on +49(0)9350 / 90 900 59

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