The mythical Hockenheimring route hosts the Ultimate Cup Series this weekend from September 16 to 18
The German arena is included for the very first time in the Championship calendar
Head east and head to Hockenheim, Germany, for the KENNOL GT Endurance Cup, Endurance Proto, GT Hyper Sprint Auto Parts Cup and Single-seater grids.
After a well-deserved summer break, this event across the Rhine marks the start of the second half of the season for competitors entered in the Ultimate Cup Series.
The Hockenheimring, which long hosted the German Formula 1 Grand Prix between 1970 and 2019, will be
the scene of the fourth of the six rounds of the 2022 season, for the four grids mentioned above, before the final sprints at Magny-Cours (7-9 October) and at Le Castellet (November 11-13).
The teams and drivers already present on Thursday were able, for some, to discover the route and for others, to take their first marks, in wet conditions during Track Day.
And, this uncertain weather should continue throughout the weekend…
On the program, the next three days of competition on one of the most famous circuits in the world, with the highlight of the weekend, Sunday, two 4-hour races, the first for the GTs, the second for the prototypes. .
On the other hand, three races of twenty minutes, of formidable intensity, will always be offered to single-seater drivers, while the Hyper Sprint formula – two races of twenty minutes one race of fifty minutes – will continue to reward us with magnificent passes. weapons for in-game victories.
Note that the Ultimate Cup Series will host the Belgian BGDC Championship in the support category during this German weekend.
KENNOL GT Endurance Cup – Samani, Collard and Racetivity arrive in Germany at the top of the Championship
With three different winners at Le Castellet, Navarra and Misano, the battle is more indecisive than ever in the KENNOL GT Endurance Cup.
Victorious in Spain, where the victory counted double, and with two second places to their credit, Charles-Henri Samani and Emmanuel Collard increased their lead at the top of the provisional general classification, but also in their UGT3A category.
With a contingent of 86 points, the Racetivity #83 Mercedes-AMG GT3 duo now have a 10-point lead over the crew of Jean-Paul Pagny, David Hallyday and Jean-Bernard Bouvet, with the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo N°2 from the Visiom team.
On the strength of their very first victory in Italy, the duo Nicolas Chartier and Vincent Capillaire want to continue their momentum this weekend, at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 N°88 of Akkodis ASP Team, and they can always believe in their title hopes in the event of a perfect end to the season.
What if the Renault RS01 N°31 from AB Sport Auto created a surprise? Rémy Kirchdoerffer and Jonathan Cochet are looking for a first success this season which they hope to secure in Germany.
– 12 cars, divided into the UGT3A, UGT3B, UGTC4A and Porsche Cup categories, will compete during the 4 hours of racing, Sunday morning between 09:15 and 13:15.
GT Class 3B: The Vortex dominated the start of the season in their category, starting with the duo of #701, composed of Miguel Moiola and Lucas Sugliano. The two men, supported by Vincent Congnet this weekend, have already won two out of three races.
The reigning champions of the discipline, Hary Putz and Raphaël Van Der Straten, hope to ward off fate and score their first points of the season with the Marc Car Mustang II, entered by VDS Racing Adventures.
– GT Class 4A: Milan Compétition is back this weekend with its Audi R8 LMS GT4, entrusted to Pierre Arraou and Frédéric Billon.
– Porsche Cup: Five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will compete at Hockenheim in this category dominated by Joeffrey Dorchy and Julien Froment, on the Porsche 992 N°94 of Martinet by Alméras.
They will be joined for the occasion by Xavier Follenfant. The emblematic team will enter its second car for its inseparable duo, Pierre Martinet and Gérard Tremblay, joined this weekend by Thierry Perrier who will compete in his first race at the wheel of this car.
PIECES AUTO GT HYPER SPRINT Cup – A Ferrari/Bentley battle at loggerheads!
Thanks to a very good Italian weekend at Misano, Éric Mouez took control of the UGT3A classification of the GT Hyper Sprint Auto Parts Cup at the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3 N°88, which he shares in Germany with Gabriele Marotta, within the CMR team.
The tricolor team is also at the top of the general team classification.
Victorious in the individual races at home last July, Edoardo Barbolini and Luca Demarchi are more
than ever in contention for the title. The Ferrari 488 GTE Evo N°3 duo of Scuderia Ravetto & Ruberti will try to confirm the trend and above all to achieve a perfect weekend.
As a reminder, this format introduced at the start of 2022 offers three races – two of twenty minutes and one of fifty minutes – which promise to be particularly lively, especially with the arrival of a new car, the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GT3 Callaway.
Aligned by Kennol Racing Team, it will be driven by the CEO of Kennol, Olivier Morihain and the oh so experienced pilot, Christophe Bouchut. The latter can claim twenty participations in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including a victory in the general classification in 1993.
– 12 cars, including 5 in the queen category UGT3A and 16 drivers are expected this weekend in Germany
– After his freelance at Misano, Nigel Bailly contests the last three rounds of the season at the wheel of CMR’s Bentley Continental GT3
– Hervé Huber makes his Ultimate Cup Series debut this year with a Ferrari 488 GT3 under the RSR banner
– BDR Competition Grupo Prom returns with two Lamborghinis Super Trofeo in UGT3B for its regular drivers Amaury Bonduel and Alfredo Hernandez
– SebLajoux Racing runs a dual program in Endurance and Sprint with two Porsche911 GT3 Cup lined up for the 3 races of the Hyper Sprint Auto Parts Cup
– Porsche Cup: Maxime Mainguy (Breizh Motorsport) will try to increase its lead its leadership at the top of the Championship
– UGT3B: Several drivers have had the opportunity to compete in this category since the start of the season, but it is Jérémy Faligand who has made the difference so far, on behalf of Vortex N°70.
– UGTC4B: Gregory Launier will continue his solo journey at the wheel of Rosel Racing’s BMW M2 CS Racing
Endurance Proto – Duel at the top between Graff and Pegasus Racing
The drivers and teams entered in the Endurance Proto field this weekend – in the LMP3, NP02, CN and EVO categories – will compete during four hours of racing on Sunday afternoon in the Hockenheimring arena.
After a freelance at Le Castellet, at the start of the 2022 season, the Alsacian Pegasus Racing team is back on this circuit not very far from its base, with its Ligier JS P320 N°23, driven by boss-driver JulienSchell and Thibault Ehrhart.
The duo had managed to climb on the podium at Le Castellet and intend to play the leading roles against the Ligier JS P320 N°16 of Graff, whose crew has changed slightly. The leaders of the LMP3 Championship, Umberto d’Amato and Lucca Allen will be accompanied by Fabrice Rossello, who has already played in LMP3 in the past as well as in single-seaters with Pascal Rauturier’s team.
– With the overall victory won by Mathys Jaubert and Frédéric Crouillet at the wheel of ANS Motorsport’s N°72 Nova CN, the LMP3s have no room for error against the CNs.
The duo of the team led by the boss-driver Nicolas Schatz can also claim the overall Proto crown.
– Mathys Jaubert and Frédéric Crouillet lead the CN classification by a short head ahead of Palmyr pilots, Philippe Mondolot and Christophe Kubryk.
– On the back of a podium at the start of the season, Dylan and Alban Nerguti, accompanied by Stéphane Ortelli, have the potential to offer the Nerguti team a first success this season in Proto.
– After his victory at Misano at the wheel of DB Autosport’s Nova Proto NP02, Jordan Perroy will make his debut in Germany, alongside the son of team principal Daniel Bassora, Quentin Bassora.
Single-seater – Young drivers Sachat Maguet and Lorys Kyburz rebel
The starting grids of the three races on the Single-seater grid will look great with no less than twenty cars entered across the Rhine.
Two young drivers hold the reins of the Championship at the wheel of their F3R after the first races of the season.
Marked by a very first overall victory and two second places, Sacha Maguet’s Italian weekend at Misano was almost perfect. The 17-year-old Formula Motorsport hopeful performed the best accounting operation to arrive at Hockenheim at the top of the Championship ahead of Loris Kyburz (Graff)meanwhile aged 20 and conceding 14 dots late, while the reigning Champion, Nicolas Prost (CMR)points to the 3rd rank at 18 units of the leader.
As for the F3R Ultimate classification – a category reserved for Gentlemen Drivers – the Race Motorsport drivers have control of the hierarchy. David Cristini is in the lead with 135 dotsin particular thanks to his Italian hat-trick, ahead of Franck Seemann (119 pts) and Frederic Boillot (100 pts).
Let’s not forget the Formula Renault 2.0 whose fights also liven up the races within the peloton despite the unchallenged domination, for the moment, of Christophe Hurni (Sports-Promotion)ahead of Gilles Depierre (Rever’Team) and Frey GT (CMR).
The first of the three races will be contested this Friday at 5:55 p.m., while the other two confrontations will take place on Saturday at 11:35 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Photos: Davy DELIEN