The past race weekend on August 19 and 20, 2023 was particularly trying for the three Porsche Customer Racing Teams and their six vehicles. Still, the young drivers fought for every single point – and that is how Manthey EMA managed to maintain the lead in the team rankings, while Porsche stayed on the first spot of the manufacturer championship.
The race on the Lausitzring in the east of Germany began on Saturday at an overbearing 30° Celsius and just a light speckle of clouds. There was no way of cooling down in sight for the following one-hour race. The six Porsche drivers had not achieved the spots they wanted during the previous qualifying: Thomas Preining in the Manthey EMA Porsche #91 entered the race from 16th spot as the first Porsche driver. Directly behind him, Laurin Heinrich for Team75 Bernhard started from 17thn and his team colleague Dennis Olsen in the #90 entered from 18th spot. Ayhancan Güven came into the race on 20th spot for Team75 Berhard, while Toksport WRT newcomer Marvin Dienst started from 25th. The last in the Porsche ranks was Tim Heinemann in the #9 for Toksport WRT.
The race started out well for the Porsche Motorsport Customer Racing Teams: Directly after the formation round, all Porsche drivers managed to improve on their positions within the first few turns – Tim Heinemann even managed the jump from the 27th to 20th position. But while the Porsche Motorsport Customer Racing Teams managed to safely navigate the dense grid, two opponents stranded in the gravel bed. The result: Safety Car phase even before the first lap was run.
The accident that had initiated the Safety Car phase had its consequences. Even though Thomas Preining drove technically excellent rounds against the other teams in the best-placed 911 GT3 R to improve his position even further, he was forced to run three penalty laps due to his involvement in the accident. With that, he was forced to fall behind to the back of the grid and his team colleague Dennis Olsen took the position of the best Porsche on 14th spot.
More Porsche drivers bustled together behind Olsen: Ayhancan Güven #24, Laurin Heinrich #75, Tim Heinemann #9 and Marvin Dienst #99 battled it out on the spots 16 to 18 to get among the Top 15. The battle took a dramatic turn as Tim Heinemann overshot the first turn and therefore lost four positions. A few seconds later, the reason became evident: His brakes had failed. Luckily, that just happened mere moments before the pits were opened. Still, Heinemann had to retire from the race, Laurin Heinrich following him close afterwards.