- Racing Experience duo clinch title early at Assen
- Hauser/Pommer have finished on the podium in eight of the ten races so far
Munich. Gary Hauser (31/LUX) and Markus Pommer (32/Untereisesheim) have made it. The
drivers of a Duqueine D08 were crowned champions of the Prototype Cup Germany organised by the
Prototype Cup Germany organised by ADAC and Creventic. The Racing Experience drivers drove
the two rounds on the 4.555-kilometre circuit in the Netherlands to one win and one second place.
victory and a second place. This means that at the season finale at the Nürburgring in mid-October, they can no longer
they can no longer be ousted from the top of the standings. "Markus is a very analytical driver and has a lot of experience.
great experience. He knows exactly what he is doing in the race car. Gary is a very calm driver and
brings calmness to the team. They both balance each other out perfectly - and that brings everyone forward," praised team manager
manager Lea Mauer praised their driver pairing. "We are very happy about the title. The whole team has
The whole team did a great job during the season. There were no retirements, the car and the drivers were reliable.
reliable. In this respect, we can confidently say that we deserved to be champions."
Throughout the season, Hauser/Pommer were always in the top group of the strong field of the
Prototype Cup Germany. Already at the season opener at the Hockenheimring, they finished second
place and a race win. This meant that the duo left the Motodrom in Baden as championship leaders.
"Hockenheim was of course a highlight, especially as it is also my home track," Pommer looked back.
looked back. "In Sunday's race, Gary had handed over the car to me in second place. The
I was only able to overtake the leader at the very end. It was a really hard-fought race win.
But that's what makes motorsport fun."
After a second and third place at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the lead in the standings was initially lost.
top of the standings was lost for the time being. With fifth and fourth places at the Circuit Zandvoort, there was no
at the famous Formula 1 circuit were the only two results outside the podium ranks.
outside the podium, Hauser/Pommer nevertheless managed to regain the lead in the overall standings, which they will
which they were not to relinquish for the rest of the season. "Zandvoort was a
strange weekend. I only just missed out on pole position for Saturday. In the
In the race, the start didn't quite work out. After that, everything was quite turbulent and mixed up. On
I was in fourth place on Sunday and couldn't find a way past the car in front. At the end of the day
we had regained the lead in the standings, because our direct rivals had an even more mixed
Pommer analysed the weekend in the Dutch North Sea dunes.
Another race win and a third place at the Norisring further increased the points cushion,
so that the title could be secured early on the penultimate race weekend in Assen. "We
never expected to become champions early," said Hauser. "This season we have always
and also had good pace, which was the key to the title. That was the key to the title."
Markus Pommer is a well-known figure in German motorsport. After karting, he switched to formula racing. In the following season, he competed in the ADAC Formula Masters. In 2012 he finished fourth in the
in the FIA Formula Two Championship. In 2014, he won the title in the German Formula 3 Cup. 2016
finally made the switch to the ADAC GT Masters, where he is one of the most successful drivers with six race wins.
drivers. In 2021 and 2022, Pommer then moved into prototype racing when he competed in LMP2 in the
European Le Mans Series. In 2023, the 32-year-old finally made his debut in the Prototype Cup Germany
and was immediately crowned champion. "I rate the title the same as in Formula 3.
However, the success in the Prototype Cup Germany feels a bit nicer because I've had a lot of bad luck in the last few years.
bad luck in the last few years. So it feels doubly good to finally be on top again. It is a
important time, because now a new wind is blowing in my career. I am just happy
Pommer completed his master's degree in real estate management last year and works in the
family business in the construction industry. Gary Hauser is not a full professional either. The Luxembourger studied
business administration and economics and works as an accountant. In terms of motorsport, after karting in 2005 he went into the
Belgian Formula Renault. This was followed by seasons in the German Formula 3 Cup and the Boss GP series, in which he drove a
in which he drove a GP2 racing car at full throttle. Since 2017, the 31-year-old has been sitting in the LMP3 cockpit.
cockpit. He knows the Racing Experience team inside out, as team boss Christian Hauser is his father.
is his father and team manager Lea Mauer is his wife. "It is something very special to compete in a family team.
family team. We all love motorsport, and enjoy spending time together, but are still
yet highly professional."
It is not yet clear whether the new champions will defend their title in the Prototype Cup Germany.
certain. "At the moment, it is too early to say anything about the 2024 season planning," Hauser explains. "I have
to be part of it again, but I'm definitely up for it." Pommer sees it similarly. "I had a lot of fun in the
Prototype Cup Germany - also because I was able to compete in the ADAC environment again. If it
I would like to tackle the series again next year.
(Subject to change)
22.03.23 Pre-Season-Test Mugello
28.04.- 30.04.23 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (ADAC Racing Weekend)
26.05. - 28.05.23 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (DTM)
23.06. - 25.06.23 Circuit Zandvoort/NL (DTM)
07.07. - 09.07.23 Norisring (DTM)
01.09 - 03.09.23 TT Circuit Assen/NL (ADAC Racing Weekend)
13.10. - 15.10.23 Nürburgring (ADAC Racing Weekend)