Gary Hauser and Markus Pommer crowned 2023 champion in Prototype Cup Germany

News | September 4, 2023

- Max and Mark van der Snel win Sunday's race in Assen
- Hauser/Pommer drive to early title with second place
- Max van der Snel takes Junior victory at Assen - father Mark the Trophy triumph

Assen. Gary Hauser (31/LUX) and Markus Pommer (32/Untereisesheim, both Racing Experience) are the new
the new champions in the Prototype Cup Germany organized by ADAC and Creventic. In a
Sunday's turbulent race at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, the Duqueine D08-
duo finished second. Victory went to Ligier JS P320 drivers Max van der Snel (20/NLD) and Mark
van der Snel (52/NLD, both More Motorsport by Reiter). The podium was completed by Ligier-
brand colleagues Dino Steiner (54/Wehingen) and Nigel Moore (31/GBR, both Aust Motorsport) in third place.
third. "We didn't expect to clinch the title early at all. So we will
so we'll be celebrating properly this evening. Tomorrow I'll be going on vacation - so the celebration will
Hauser was jubilant on the podium.

The race was started by Valentino Catalano (17/Westheim) in the DKR Engineering Duqueine from pole position.
from pole position. He retained the lead directly at the start, but behind him there were various
various collisions between turns one and two, involving four cars.
Among them was Duqueine, who at that time was second in the standings.
second-placed Oscar Tunjo (27/COL) and Julien Apothéloz (22/CHE, both Van Ommen Racing by
DataLab), who had to retire from the race as a result. It was therefore clear that Hauser/Pommer would clinch the
third place, they could clinch the title early. Hauser came through the situation unscathed,
but dropped back to seventh place. Things went in the opposite direction for the eventual race winner Mark van der Snel,
who advanced from twelfth on the grid to fifth position.

After large parts of the first half of the race were held behind the safety car, there was still a
duel between pole-setter Catalano and Ligier driver Nigel Moore for the top spot. During an
overtaking attempt, the Briton spun and dropped back to fourth position. After the
Catalano's teammate Robin Rogalski (23/POL) then took the commanding lead.
Markus Pommer, who had taken over the Duqueine from Hauser early on during the pit stop window, made up
made up position after position.

Around 18 minutes before the end of the race, the former ADAC GT Masters driver was already in third position, which was
third position behind Rogalski and Max van der Snel, who had taken over from his father Mark.
Mark had taken over. Pommer and van der Snel made up more and more ground on Rogalski as the race progressed.
Rogalski as the race progressed. With four minutes to go, the leading Pole spun into the gravel and had to retire.
had to retire. A safety car phase was called to recover his Duqueine, which was maintained until the
until the black and white checkered flag fell. The victory also gave Max van der Snel the win in

Father Mark van der Snel made the day perfect for the family with his triumph in the Trophy classification.
perfect for the family. Behind the duo, meanwhile, Dino Steiner, who had taken over the Ligier from Nigel Moore in second place at the start, finished third. Moore's Ligier, which had been in second place at the start. Fourth place went to Jacob Erlbacher (23/Böblingen) and
Courtney Crone (22/USA, both Gebhardt Motorsport) in the Duqueine ahead of brand colleague Leevi Vappula
(17/FIN, Koiranen Kemppi Motorsport), who started alone. Sixth went to Wolfgang Payr (59/AUT)
and David Hauser (33/LUX) in the second Duqueine from Racing Experience ahead of the Ligier duo Jan
Marschalkowski (20/Inning am Ammersee) and Jasper Stiksma (22/NLD, both MRS GT-Racing).
Catalano/Rogalski were still classified in eighth place.

Markus Pommer - Champion and second place in the race for Racing Experience.
"The title feels very nice, especially because I had a lot of bad luck the last two or three years. I
am just happy and grateful that it worked out. In the race, it was a hot one. We had
decided that Gary should pit early because he was driving in the pack. I was then pretty quickly in third place.
in third place. I didn't want to overtake Max van der Snel at risk and preferred to close the gap with him.
to catch up with the leader. When the leader flew off, it was second place. We are mega

Gary Hauser- Champion and second place in the race for Racing Experience.
"I really didn't expect to clinch the title already this weekend. It is an
indescribable feeling. At the start of the race, I stayed out of everything. I didn't want to
I didn't want to take any risks and suddenly there were crashes on my left and right. I backed off - and that was the
that was the key. After that, I just carried the car around the track and handed it over to Markus.
handed over."

Mark van der Snel - winner for More Motorsport by Reiter
"We are of course extremely happy about the victory. The start was chaotic, as I had to dodge three cars
dodge, but was able to finish the first lap in fifth place. I then held this position and
held on to it and handed it over to Max early on because he's a bit faster than me. Tonight we will celebrate."

Max van der Snel - Winner for More Motorsport by Reiter
"It was a terrific race. My dad did a mega first half of the race. When I got into the car
got in, I just went full throttle to stay in front of the guy behind me. Little by little
we caught up with the leader - and so I built up even more pressure. When he made a mistake
mistake, I was able to drive past and take the win."

Dino Steiner - third place for Aust Motorsport.
"This is my first year in the series and I'm already directly on the podium. That's great, of course.
Nigel put in a gigantic performance in the first half of the race. In my stint I didn't want to do
I didn't want to do anything crazy in my stint and bring the car home in one piece. That paid off today.
Thanks again to the entire Aust team, who did a really good job."

Termine Prototype Cup Germany

(Änderungen vorbehalten)

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)

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