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Centimeter duels on the occasion of the PRTC season opener at the Hockenheimring

 with a double victory by local hero Tim Schestag

 

Hockenheimring. For the racing drivers in the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC), the 2022 season got off to an early start: On the weekend of March 4th-6th 2022, the prestigious Hockenheimring GP circuit awaited the drivers. On the 4.574 km racing circuit, genuine touring car action was once again on offer, with drivers who were up for the fight.

 

The PRTC once more offered a large starting field which also included some newcomers. 19-year-old Simon de Mori from Austria (Hörbranz) and 17-year-old Martin Held from Germany (Berlin) made their touring car debuts and earned their first motor racing spurs.

“Real cars, real racing. That’s the motto of our racing series. We offer professionally organized races with appealing touring cars in 4 qualifying categories, at reasonable costs and with good marketing. This concept is becoming increasingly popular, and we have been pleased with the great response. Last but not least, our racing drivers put on a terrific show for the spectators. We are looking forward to the start of the season!” said organizer Andreas Pfister at the start of the racing weekend.

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Robin Renz (GER) from Stuttgart made a successful start to the new racing season

All the racing cars are equipped with standard tires from TOYO TIRES, with the semi-slick Proxes R888R or RS1 Slick Proxes, which in combination with the central fielding and “rotating system” on the CHEVROLET and CUPRA racing cars (class 1 and 2) from Pfister-Racing GmbH, allow for a competitive race at affordable costs.

The winner of the 2022 Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC) in class 2 will receive a free test drive in the 350 hp TCR racing car.

 

Cold driving conditions make for challenging circumstances

The early start of the season saw the drivers welcomed with cold and windy weather conditions with temperatures around freezing, and it was necessary to find the right techniques to get the tires to the right operating temperature quickly in a good working time frame.

In the qualifying rounds to determine the starting grid, Hinrich Groeneveld (GER, Moosburg) performed the best, with his CUPRA Leon MKII DSG racing car from the ATT-Racing team securing first place in class 3.

In the consistently hard-fought class 2 with the CHEVROLET Cruze Eurocup racing cars, Robin Renz achieved the best starting position with a lap time of 2:16:812, finishing in just ahead of Tim Schestag (GER, Walldorf) and Marco Chianese (ITA) from Würzburg, who also performed well, who got starting position three.

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Driving with confidence, Tim Schestag continued his series of successes in his touring car before his home crowd

The fans then found themselves eagerly awaiting the start of the first race, with a rolling “Indianapolis start.” As soon as the first lap of the race, Schestag made it clear that he wasn’t satisfied with his second place on the starting grid, driving in the slipstream of Robin Renz.

In class 3, Hinrich Groeneveld took no prisoners, and steered his CUPRA Leon MKII racing car, with its more than 300 hp, towards a class victory.

Rookie driver Martin Held took his chance to gain some initial experiences during the important racing laps, collecting points in class 1 with his CUPRA Ibiza V1 Cup racing car.

 

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Marco Chianese (ITA, Würzburg) pulled off a strong performance in only his second racing weekend

 

David Stein (GER, Usingen), had “one of those days”. Due to a technical defect, he was unable to take part in either the time qualifying or the race, which cost him important points in the overall standings despite every effort of the mechanics.

During the course of the first race on the other hand, Marco Chianese managed to further improve his lap times and catch up with Dirk Ehlebracht (GER, Oberursel), which ensured a close battle for 3rd place.

At the front of the pack, Tim Schestag succeeded in taking the lead and gaining a small advantage over Robin Renz. The race then came to a temporary stop due to a “Code 60 phase” which replaced the safety car, and the drivers were forced to reduce their speed to 60 km/h, which prompted a second inspection by the race organizers after the race.

After the lifting of the Code 60 phase at the end of the race, Groeneveld took his class win. In class 2, Tim Schestag achieved another victory, coming in ahead of Robin Renz and Dirk Ehlebracht. Marco Chianese finished in 4th place ahead of Thomas Eckert (GER, Nuremberg), who completed the top 5. Marco Bedrich (GER, Cottbus) failed to reach the black-white checkered flag this time, being forced to drop out of the race as his car suffered damage to its drive shaft.

After the first battle of the new season, the racers were only able to catch their breath for a short while, with the second race of the weekend scheduled for the Sunday morning. With cold weather conditions once again, the race organizers decided to allow the drivers to complete two warm-up laps this time to get their tires up to racing temperature.

 

Lap-long duel for victory in race 2

The second race succeeded in surpassing the first race in terms of excitement. Robin Renz made it clear that he wasn’t satisfied with his second place finish on the day before, and set out to take the victory in the second race and prevail over Tim Schestag.

In true touring car fashion, the two drivers battled side-by-side in a lap-long duel in the motordrome, and offered the spectators touring car action at its best, with both driving their “Chevys” in a class of their own. The live-stream action was also watched by the fans at home.

Towards the rear of the pack, however, Thomas Eckert hit the throttle too early, and after spinning off course on the first curve, found himself having to play catch-up with the rest of the field.

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Simon de Mori (AUT, Hörbranz) scored two points on his debut in race 2

 

David Stein, on the other hand, put in another positive performance in race 2. With a freshly repaired racing car, he succeeded in working his way up a few positions and into the top 5. The battle for the winners’ podium, meanwhile, turned out to be between Marco Chianese and Dirk Ehlebracht. Chianese impressed with some quick lap times, but it was Ehlebracht who ultimately put in a solid performance to notch up his second podium finish of the weekend.

The second victory was secured by Tim Schestag, who finished just before Robin Renz. The duel between the two drivers from Baden-Württemberg in Germany is certainly a taste of the further fight for the championship.

In the other finishing positions, it was Marco Bedrich, Simon de Mori and Thomas Eckert who secured the coveted PRTC Class 2 points.

The touring car action in the PRTC will be continuing on May 13th-15th 2022 at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (GER), and is certain to offer another round of exciting motor racing.

Duels between Germany and Austria at the action-packed premiere of the PRTC at the Salzburgring

Salzburgring. The legendary traditional racing circuit in Nesslgraben, Austria, near the city of Salzburg, was the venue for the premiere racing weekend of the Pfister Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC). The motor racing festival hosted by BG Sportpromotion set the stage for several well-known racing series, finally making genuine motor racing possible again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Big names from the world of motor racing had announced they would be there, such as Walter Röhrl, Harald Grohs, Kris Nissen and Roland Asch.

The fans were able to follow all the action on the racing circuit in an excellent live stream with commentary and close-ups, which attracted an audience of more than 30,000 viewers.

In the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC), meanwhile, 10 racing drivers went into battle in the CHEVROLET Cruze 1.8 LT V3 Eurocup. The motto of the racing series, “real cars, real racing”, was plain to see on the racing circuit, with superb touring car action.

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10 racing drivers fight it out for victory in the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge (PRTC)

appealing mix of ambitious youngsters and “gentlemen drivers”

During the first test drives under dry and hot conditions on the Friday, the two “Chevy veterans” Wolfgang Kriegl (AUT) and Björn Dietrich (GER) achieved the fastest lap times. Other PRTC racing drivers took the opportunity to get to know the 4.255 km long high-speed race track, and prepared themselves well for the upcoming weekend of racing.

 

Wolfgang Kriegl puts down an excellent performance during a battle in the rain

 

On the first day of racing on the Saturday, the conditions changed all of a sudden: Stormy weather, cloudy skies and rain descended on the racing circuit. Local driver Wolfgang Kriegl proved best able to cope with the slippery and challenging conditions: Not only did he secure pole position for the first race, but also a superb race victory with an advantage of more than 10 seconds over the next drivers.

The battle was intense further down the field: Roman Holzner (GER) celebrated a sensational touring car debut, putting Björn Dietrich (GER) and Sven Grossmann (GER) under considerable pressure. The exciting action saw three drivers fight it out for second place, with Dietrich missing the braking point on the first chicane twice before he then pulled off two courageous overtaking maneuvers in the notorious paddock corner in the best touring car tradition to move back into second place.

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The winners’ podium in the first race: from left to right: Björn Dietrich, Wolfgang Kriegl and Sven Grossmann

Close behind them, Roman Holzner came in at fourth place with fast lap times, ahead of Dennis Bröker (GER), who had an unremarkable but constant race. Sixth place was taken by Dirk Ehlebracht (GER), who finished ahead of Aaron Morf (GER) and Mathias Gaiser (GER), who finished 8th and secured the final championship point.

The second day of racing on the Sunday saw another change in the weather conditions: Dry and hot weather was forecast for the Salzburgring.

 

Björn Dietrich beats Kriegl to win the Sunday race

 

At the start of the day of racing on Sunday, the drivers got to enjoy the great atmosphere at the Salzburgring and watch the famous race series, as their race didn’t get underway until 14:50 hrs local time. By that time, the conditions on the racing circuit were clear: It was dry, with a good grip on the road surface.

Following the standing Grand Prix start, Wolfgang Kriegl initially built up a decent pole position, but was forced to give it up again after a surprise attack by Björn Dietrich on the first lap, who succeeded in taking the lead in the race.

As usual, the battle was intense further down the field: Roman Holzner used the slipstream of Kriegl and Dietrich to catch up with the leaders, but then found himself contending with electronic problems on his CHEVROLET Cruze Eurocup 1.8 LT V3 Cup racing car, just like Sven Grossmann.

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The speed was there – but the luck wasn’t: Roman Holzner (GER)

After that, Dirk Ehlebracht (GER) looked like a safe third place, before braking problems saw him missing the turning point in the first chicane and being forced to give up his place on the winners’ podium to Dennis Bröker (GER), who held on to third place until the finishing line.

At the front of the pack, Wolfgang Kriegl threatened to overtake several times in Björn Dietrich's rear-view mirror, but Dietrich defended his position courageously and won Sunday’s race. Fourth place was secured by Mathias Gaiser (GER), who came in before touring car rookie Aaron Morf (GER), who completed the top 5 finishers.

Young Sandro Ritz (GER), a graduate from the world of go-carting, secured his first championship points. In a good race, the youngster came in at 6th place, in front of Patrick Huber (GER) and Sven Grossmann (GER).

 

Provisional racing calendar for 2020

 

July 24-26, 2020                                            Automotodrom Grobnik** (CRO)

 

September 14, 2020                         Official test day at Salzburgring (AUT)

 

October 3, 2020                                            Official test day at Wachauring (AUT)

 

October 10-11, 2020                         EuroSpeedway Lausitz (GER)

 

July 24-25, 2020                                            Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)

 

October 31 - November 1, 2020                 Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)

November 13-14, 2020                                 Motorsportarena Oschersleben (GER)

**FIA CEZ guest races

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Eligible to start in the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge are touring cars according to the DMSB Group H regulations, where the focus is on touring cars from the manufacturers CHEVROLET and CUPRA. The classes are determined according to engine capacity.

The class winners win honorary awards and other high-quality prizes. Opportunities for entry are available as part of the ADAC Touring Car Driver Evaluation and through participation in 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.

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Further information on the driver support program of Pfister-Racing GmbH, the Pfister-Racing Touring Car Challenge and the ADAC Touring Car Driver Evaluation is available at www.pfister-racing.eu – you can also contact us by telephone on +49(0)9350 / 90 900 59

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