2013 Season opener: Larini show in Hockenheim.

2013 Season opener: Larini show in Hockenheim.

The thrilling season opener in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup turned out to be a big Nicola Larini Show. Der 49-year-old Italian racing legend became only the second Legend-winner in the history of the world’s most environmentally friendly racing series, following on from the success of Markus Winkelhock, who won at the Lausitzring in 2012. Larini, the 1993 DTM champion not only set fastest time in practice for the first of nine races in the series, but also captured pole position during qualifying on a wet track during his dominant weekend. Larini beat 18 talented drivers plus his three former Formula 1 colleagues Eric van de Poele (51), Jan Lammers (56) and Martin Donnelly (49).

Second place, 0,9 seconds behind Larini, went to Dane Kasper H. Jensen, who valiantly challenged Larini throughout the 11-lap race. Jensen also assumed the lead of the Scirocco-R Cup championship due to the Legends not being eligible for points. His closest challenger is a lady. Denmark’s Michele Gatting, who finished a remarkable third, just 3,4 seconds behind Larini. This makes Gatting the first women on the podium in the history of the Scirocco R-Cup. The spectators on the grandstands were not only impressed by the race for the podium: thanks to the Push-to-Pass System powered by Volkswagen they were treated to thrilling action and exciting passing manoeuvres throughout the season’s opening race.

OVERALL RESULT

PositionDriver / NationCategoryTimeLaps
1Nicola Larini / ITALegend22:02.18911
2Kasper H. Jensen / DENPro22:03.08911
3Michele Gatting / DENPro22:05.59111
4Kelvin van der Linde/ ZAPro22:09.32111
5Lukas Schreier / GERJunior22:09.63911
6Nicolai Moller Madsen / DENJunior22:10.00011
7Jordan Lee Pepper / ZAJunior22:11.20211
8Dennis Trebing / USAPro22:12.59011
9Jan Lammers / NEDLegend22:13.91011
10Ross Wylie / GBRJunior22:14.40011
11Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky / SWEJunior22:14.40011
12Matthias Bäurle / GERJunior22:17.10011
13Victor Bouveng / SWEJunior22:18.11711
14Luca Rettenbacher / GERJunior22:23.60411
15Michele Di Martino / GERJunior22:26.19611
16Kenneth Kröpfl / GERJunior22:27.79811
17Martin Donnelly / GBRLegend22:28.22011
18Yann Ehrlacher / FRAJunior22:28.80811
19Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan / INDJunior22:31.57211
20Manuel Fahnauer / GERJunior22:38.48411
21Eric van de Poele / BELLegend22:55.14511
Not classifiedPatrick Eisemann / GERJunior4:15.0152


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