Gustav Malja claims first podium of the season

Gustav Malja sealed the first podium of his sports car career at this weekend’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland finale at Hockenheim.

Malja used the occasion to deliver his finest qualifying and race performance of 2018, coming home third in the 31-car field in Saturday’s opening race of the double-header meeting.

The Swedish Project 1 racer took the flag behind Lechner Racing duo Thomas Preining – who was simultaneously crowned champion in the Porsche one-make cup – and Michael Ammermüller, finishing as top rookie.

“A great feeling,” says Gustav Malja. “We’ve worked so hard for this and I’m so happy to have finally made the Porsche podium. We’ve known that the potential has been there for some time, but what ultimately made the difference this weekend was qualifying. Starting inside the top five makes life so much easier in the races. I’m very happy about this and it’s great motivation for all of us.”

In Sunday’s Race 2, Malja then finished ninth after losing ground on a cramped opening lap. He continued to showcase competitive speed, however, lapping just a few tenths slower than the leading frontrunners throughout the race.

With the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season now completed, Gustav Malja has got just one more weekend of racing scheduled in for 2018: the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup finale in Mexico City on October 26-28.

Age: 22
2019 programme: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
Team: Project 1
CV: 2nd, ADAC Formel Masters (2012) – Swedish karting champion (2009) – Rydell Special Award recipient (2011-2012) – McLaren Performance Academy ”Driver of the Year” (2014).