Christian Engelhart celebrated his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory of the season on the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest. At the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the street legal lightweight 911 GT3 RS sports car, the Konrad Motorsport pilot from Germany won round eight of the world’s fastest international one-make race series on Sunday. This marks his second win in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup since Istanbul 2011. Kévin Estre is the new point’s leader. Driving for Hermes Attempto Racing, the Frenchman won the replacement race for the cancelled Barcelona round on Saturday and finished fifth on Sunday.
In sweltering temperatures, Christian Engelhart immediately sprinted clear at the head of the pack from the first row and put a comfortable gap between him and his pursuers. On Saturday he had to settle for seventh position, this time he brought home a secure lights-to-flag victory. At the flag he was 5.761 seconds ahead of Supercup newcomer Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing). Putting in a strong drive, the Dane, son of former DTM champion Kurt Thiim, fended off Sean Edwards in hot pursuit behind him over the entire race distance and brought home his best performance so far in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Sean Edwards’s delight over his third place was short-lived. The Monaco winner was disqualified because his vehicle did not conform to the regulations.
This handed last year’s winner, Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), his first podium result of the year. Fourth place went to Michael Ammermüller (Germany). The ex-Formula 1 test driver competing for VELTINS Lechner Racing, who finished second on Saturday, defended his lead in the rookie classification and now sits two points ahead of Nicki Thiim. Sixth place went to Austria’s Norbert Siedler behind 2011 Rookie of the Year Kévin Estre who took the overall lead of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for the first time. Estre ranks one point ahead of René Rast who did not compete in Budapest.
Christian Engelhart (winner): “I’ve waited a long time for this win, and that it has finally happened makes it all the more wonderful. It’s a great feeling. We all worked hard for this. My start was brilliant. I immediately pulled alongside Sean and we took the first corner side by side. After two laps my car ran even better and it gave me the chance to catch my breath.”
Nicki Thiim (second): “The race was unbelievably hard. The whole time Sean was putting me under incredible pressure. On Saturday I had to relent and let him pass but I learned from it. It was a fabulous fight. I’m thrilled about claiming my first podium in the Supercup. The season is actually awesome for me and it’s huge fun.”
Kuba Giermaziak (third): “Despite securing a podium spot we are not yet where we want to be. In the first three laps I was able to match the pace of the front-runners but then we slowed down a little. Moreover, I made a couple of mistakes. Now I’m looking forward to Spa where I won last year.”
1. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, 26:06.485 minutes
2. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 5.761 seconds
3. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, + 7.364
4. Michael Ammermüller (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 8.467
5. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 11.228
6. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 16.744
Points standings after 8 of 10 races
1. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, 105 points
2. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing Team, 104
3. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 99
4. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 93
5. Michael Ammermüller (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 87
6. Nicki Thiim (D), Hermes Attempto Racing, 85
Spa: Preview for the 9th round on 2 September
On the storied circuit of Spa-Francorchamps the gripping fight for the title of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup heads into its penultimate round. Title defender René Rast and his toughest rivals Sean Edwards and Kévin Estre must manoeuvre themselves into a good position before the season finale in Monza. Kévin Estre travels to the Ardennes as the new points’ leader, albeit just one point ahead of René Rast. As always, TV stations Eurosport and Sky deliver a live broadcast of the race which was won last year by Kuba Giermaziak.