One Team, Three Titles: A Historic Triple for Project 1
After Philipp Eng claimed the drivers’ championship as early as 13 September, the final weekend at the Hockenheim circuit saw Project 1 finish as the best team and Alexander Toril as the best rookie in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.
Born in Austria, Philipp Eng ended his season in style at Hockenheim. On Sunday he drove his 460-bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to his ninth championship, pushing Jeffrey Schmidt and Michael Ammermüller into second and third place. “What a Carrera Cup season! I successfully defended my title and with Project 1 I also won the team classification. It is fantastic to end on a victory and if I had my way, it could go on like this forever,” said a beaming Eng.
It was Alexander Toril’s first season as a Porsche Carrera Cup Germany driver, and he ended it as the champion rookie. The 19-year-old Spaniard has a background in formula racing and switched to GT racing late in 2014. He wants to grow as a pro-driver with Project 1, where there is a strong focus on overall driver development. "Generally, at Project 1 you always get two experienced drivers alongside two newcomers. This year I was with Philipp Eng, and I learned a huge amount from him."
This race was also run under the banner of RTL’s “We Help Children” telethon. Around 30 children helped to customise the design of Philipp Eng’s Porsche. The young artists were given plenty of paint and the opportunity to run riot on the Porsche, which attracted a lot of attention in the paddock. This was overseen by Tom Lehel, a presenter on the children’s channel KiKa, who kept the kids entertained. All the weekend’s proceeds will go to the RTL-Wir helfen Kindern e.V. foundation during its upcoming telethon. And of course, the car will make a live appearance during the programme. A complete success all round, thinks Philipp Eng: “It was a fantastic event. The car looks amazing, and I am really excited that our sport was able to do a bit of good beyond the paddock. And it’s so lovely to see the kids’ beaming faces.” You can see the results during RTL’s telethon on 19 November 2015.