The home race of SSR Performance had a lot of action. At the race on Saturday, Dennis Olsen (NOR) secured his first podium of the season. Laurens Vanthoor (BEL) followed on fourth place. The #94 also made it into the top 5 on Sunday.
- 2nd place for Dennis Olsen and P4 for Laurens Vanthoor in the first race
- 5th place for Dennis Olsen in the second race
- Collected 40 points at the Norisring
After the free practice sessions on a wet track looked promising for the Porsche, the anticipation for the first two-part qualifying at the Norisring was high on Saturday. The field was close together and left a lot of room for improvement. As in previous years, things got tight in the first corner of the street circuit. Exciting overtaking maneuvers, countless retirements and long safety car phases characterized the event. Both SSR Performance pilots managed to stay away from serious incidents and crossed the finish line on second and fourth place. The first podium for SSR Performance and Norwegian Dennis Olsen brought relief to the Munich team. Motivated by this success, the second race on the 2.3 kilometer track started on Sunday.
With 15 kg of success ballast in their luggage, the green Porsche 911 GT3 R went into the second race at the Norisring. After the many collisions on the previous day, all 25 participants managed to drive safely through the first corner on Sunday. Dennis Olsen started the race from eighth place and was able to make up a few positions right from the start. The Norwegian crossed the finish line on fifth place and was the strongest Porsche. Laurens Vanthoor was moved to the back of the grid due to a penalty and fought his way up to 16th.
The first podium for SSR Performance marked the end of the first half of the DTM season. The next race weekend will take place from August 26th to 28th at the Nürburgring, Germany. There, SSR Performance would like to take the momentum from the street circuit into the last four events.
Mario Schuhbauer, Team Principal SSR Performance
“I am very happy with the team. With 40 collected points in our luggage, we are highly motivated for the Nürburgring after the summer break.”
Maike Frik, Team Manager SSR Performance
“The Norisring is sort of the home race for SSR – that’s why it’s all the better that we were able to claim our first podium in the DTM after a chaotic race on Saturday. Overall, with 40 points this race weekend, we can go into the summer break in a positive mood and hopefully continue here at the Nürburgring at the end of August.”
Laurens Vanthoor, #92 driver SSR Performance
“I think the weekend was very important for the team’s motivation and scoring. I hope that we can improve the performance in the second half of the season and I’m looking forward to the Nürburgring.”
Dennis Olsen, #94 driver SSR Performance
“That was the most positive weekend of the season so far. Of course, I was very happy with second place. I’m happy for the whole team because we’ve worked hard and now we’re finally seeing the reward for it. Another top 5 result on Sunday was a great finish to the event. Hopefully we can continue the performance at the Nürburgring.”
Results 1st race DTM Norisring
1. #24 Thomas Preining // KÜS Team Bernhard // Porsche
2. #94 Dennis Olsen // SSR Performance // Porsche
3. #33 Rene Rast // Team Abt // Audi
4. #92 Laurens Vanthoor // SSR Performance // Porsche
Results 2nd race DTM Norisring
1. #74 Felipe Fraga // Red Bull Alphatauri AF Corse // Ferrari
2. #63 Mirko Bortolotti // GRT // Lamborghini
3. #33 Rene Rast // Team Abt // Audi
5. #94 Dennis Olsen // SSR Performance // Porsche
16. #92 Laurens Vanthoor // SSR Performance // Porsche
Team classification after the fourth DTM weekend:
1. Schubert Motorsport // 111 points
2. GRT // 87 points
3. Abt Sportsline // 81 points
6. SSR Performance // 70 points
Driver ranking after the fourth DTM weekend:
1. Mirko Bortolotti // 89 points
2. Sheldon van der Linde // 80 points
3. René Rast // 79 points
12. Dennis Olsen // 40 points
15. Laurens Vanthoor // 30 points
About SSR Performance
The young and dynamic Munich based SSR Performance GmbH was founded by a car and motorsport enthusiast. The exclusive automobile company has had an exciting start to 2020. After moving to a new High Performance Automotive Center in the north of the Bavarian metropolis, which has seven floors and around 10,000 square meters of floor space, the motorsport department at SSR Performance had its first full season in the ADAC GT Masters 2020 on the program ended with Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart winning the driver and team classification as well as the title in the team championship. Another year in the ADAC GT Masters followed in 2021, with Michael Ammermüller and Porsche factory driver Mathieu Jaminet competing for SSR Performance. After winning the title in the debut season, the team continued the success story as vice champion.
For SSR Performance GmbH, which takes care of repairs, maintenance and service of sports cars and vintage cars of all brands in their day-to-day business, motorsport is an integral part of the still young group of companies.
Stefan Schlund, CEO of SSR Performance GmbH from Munich emphasizes: “For us, our involvement in races with GT sports cars offers an excellent platform to demonstrate our competence in motorsport and the sports car sector derived from it.”
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