Alongside Dennis Olsen (NOR), Christian Engelhart (DEU) will be at the start for SSR Performance this DTM weekend at the Hockenheimring. He replaces Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor in the #92 car.
- Final DTM weekend takes place at the Hockenheimring
- Christian Engelhart in #92 and Dennis Olsen in #94
Munich. SSR Performance is going into the final DTM races of the season this weekend with a changed driver line-up. As usual, Dennis Olsen will take his place in the #94 car. Porsche contract driver Christian Engelhart takes over the green #92 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Christian Engelhart has already brought the ADAC GT Masters championship title to Munich with SSR Performance in 2020. As a Porsche veteran who has already celebrated international successes in various series, he is joining the squad at Hockenheimring.
Porsche supports SSR Performance’s decision not to use Laurens Vanthoor as a driver for the DTM finale. While the factory driver has no chance of winning the title in the DTM, preparations for the new Porsche 963 are in full swing. Several test drives are still on the agenda until the end of the year. Laurens is therefore now concentrating on his assignment in the LMDh program 2023 with Porsche Penske Motorsport.
The team is supported by the EDAG Group, Allianz Generalvertretung Wolfram Blank e.K., Becker Carbon, DC AVIATION, Hochwald Sprudel, itWheels by tyremotive, KW Suspensions, Laco watches, MOTUL, NIMEX, Riemensperger Mechanische Werkstätte GmbH and Valuniq Business Consulting.
MOTUL is an international French company with a long tradition. MOTUL Deutschland GmbH, founded in 1980, sells its products through car dealerships, workshops and specialist dealers and is a competent contact there. MOTUL is a world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high-quality lubricants for automobiles, motorcycles and many other areas of application. With MOTULTech, the lubricant manufacturer also offers products for industrial applications. Especially in the field of synthetic lubricants, MOTUL is considered to be the specialist par excellence. As early as 1971, MOTUL was the first lubricant manufacturer to bring the first fully synthetic ester-based engine oil onto the market: MOTUL 300V – a technology that was originally used in aviation. Today, thanks to its many years of experience in racing, MOTUL is a recognized partner in the motorsport scene and is always working on the latest technological developments. With its unique know-how and innovative strength, MOTUL supports numerous teams in national and international racing.
Stefan Schlund, team owner: “WELCOME BACK CHRISTIAN. We look forward to working with Christian Engelhart again. After winning the championship together in our debut 2020 season, it’s nice to see him back in #92. The focus here is on finishing the championship on the podium – in both the team and driver standings with the #94.”
Mario Schuhbauer, team principal SSR Performance: “We wish Laurens all the best for his future and thank him for the good cooperation in this year’s DTM season. At the same time, we are pleased to welcome Christian Engelhart back to the team. The ADAC GT Masters title has already been celebrated together. Now we want to end the season with the best possible results and are focusing on podium finishes in the team and driver classifications. I’m looking forward to the end of our debut season, we’ll give it our all again!”
Christian Engelhart, driver #92: “It’s a great feeling to tackle my debut race in the DTM together with SSR Performance. I already know most of the team members from our joint championship year and am really looking forward to working together again. Thanks to Stefan Schlund and his team for this chance and trust! It is certainly a challenge with a short preparation time, but I am convinced that we will master it successfully. I feel at home in the Porsche 911 GT3 R – only the Michelin tires are new territory for me. In any case, I can hardly wait for the traffic lights to turn green in Hockenheim!”
Dennis Olsen, driver #94: “I’m really looking forward to Hockenheim. I want to end the season on a positive note. We have the package we need for another podium finish. Now all we need is a little bit of luck.”
The provisional time table for the DTM Weekend at Hockenheimring
Friday, October 7, 2022
12:10 – 12:55 Free Practice 1
15:50 – 16:35 Free Practice 2
Saturday, October 8, 2022
10:05 – 10:25 Qualifying 1
13:33 – 14:33 Race 1
Sunday, October 9, 2022
10:10 – 10:30 Qualifying 2
13:33 – 14:33 Race 2
Points after the seventh round
1. Sheldon van der Linde // 130 points
2. Lucas Auer // 119 points
3. René Rast // 118 points
8. Dennis Olsen // 89 points
17. Laurens Vanthoor // 30 points
1. Schubert Motorsport // 185 points
2. Abt Sportsline // 142 points
3. Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse // 129 points
5. SSR Performance // 119 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.”
About EDAG Engineering GmbH
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The EDAG Group is the world’s largest independent engineering service provider for holistic solutions in the mobility industry. With a global network of around 60 locations, EDAG offers services in the segments of vehicle development, electrics and electronics as well as production solutions. Worldwide networked know-how combines with German engineering to create innovative and comprehensive development expertise. In addition to leading international OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, the EDAG Group’s customers also include start-up companies from the automotive and non-automotive industries.