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

Position Driver / Nation Category Time Laps
1 Nicola Larini / ITA Legend 22:02.189 11
2 Kasper H. Jensen / DEN Pro 22:03.089 11
3 Michele Gatting / DEN Pro 22:05.591 11
4 Kelvin van der Linde/ ZA Pro 22:09.321 11
5 Lukas Schreier / GER Junior 22:09.639 11
6 Nicolai Moller Madsen / DEN Junior 22:10.000 11
7 Jordan Lee Pepper / ZA Junior 22:11.202 11
8 Dennis Trebing / USA Pro 22:12.590 11
9 Jan Lammers / NED Legend 22:13.910 11
10 Ross Wylie / GBR Junior 22:14.400 11
11 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky / SWE Junior 22:14.400 11
12 Matthias Bäurle / GER Junior 22:17.100 11
13 Victor Bouveng / SWE Junior 22:18.117 11
14 Luca Rettenbacher / GER Junior 22:23.604 11
15 Michele Di Martino / GER Junior 22:26.196 11
16 Kenneth Kröpfl / GER Junior 22:27.798 11
17 Martin Donnelly / GBR Legend 22:28.220 11
18 Yann Ehrlacher / FRA Junior 22:28.808 11
19 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan / IND Junior 22:31.572 11
20 Manuel Fahnauer / GER Junior 22:38.484 11
21 Eric van de Poele / BEL Legend 22:55.145 11
Not classified Patrick Eisemann / GER Junior 4:15.015 2


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