On the Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone, the Danish driver Nicki Thiim takes up round three of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race on Sunday from pole position. At the wheel of his Attempto Racing 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, the rookie winner of last year was 0.161 seconds faster than his compatriot Michael Christensen in the extremely competitive qualifying. The Porsche Junior, who contests his maiden season in the world’s most attractive brand trophy series, takes up the Supercup race from the front row for the first time after a strong performance in the 911 fielded by the DAMS team.
Behind the Danish duo, Sean Edwards (Team Allyouneed by Project 1) posted the third quickest time. The Briton has won the first two rounds of the season in Barcelona and Monaco - both from pole position. Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), who finished second at Monaco, claimed the fourth grid spot ahead of Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH) from Germany. After two podium finishes with third place at Barcelona and Monaco, his compatriot Michael Ammermüller clocked the sixth quickest time for Lechner Racing. Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) and Martin Ragginger from Austria, who contests his first Supercup race of the season, share the fourth grid row in positions seven and eight respectively. The former Porsche Junior who usually competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is expected to contest five Supercup rounds for the Swiss team FACH AUTO TECH this season.
Klaus Bachler and Jean-Karl Vernay fell short of expectations at Silverstone. The Porsche Junior from Austria had to settle for the 17th grid spot, whilst the Frenchman, who receives support from Porsche in this season’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship, landed on position 21. Last week he made headlines after clinching victory in the GTE-Am class at the Le Mans 24 hour race in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Nicki Thiim (pole-sitter): “In the Supercup you don’t get a lot of time to familiarise yourself with the track. When things didn’t go too well on my first set of tyres I had a few concerns, but we were then quicker on the second set. I’m thrilled that Danes have locked out the front row. It would be great if we could also finish the race in this order. This is a fitting occasion to remember Allan Simonsen who died in an accident last week in Le Mans.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche-Junior, 2nd qualifier): “I’m delighted with this great result. I was able to quickly bring the car to the limit and fully implement the plan we had put into place. I’m very pleased to see two Danes on the first row of course but still I’m quite keen to switch positions in the race.”
Sean Edwards (3rd qualifier): “The third grid spot is not bad, but it’s not what we had hoped for. Although I was able to improve over the course of the qualifying, I was still not completely happy with the car. Now I’m hoping things go better in the race.”
Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 17th qualifier): “I’m driving in Silverstone for the first time. In free practice the conditions were very mixed so it was not easy to get used to the track. Today it was dry and our car was set-up very aggressively so that the tyres were only optimal for one lap. And unfortunately I didn’t manage it in that one lap. Now in the race I’ll try to make the most out of the situation.”
Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 21st qualifier): “I’ve never taken up a race from so far back in the field. A week ago in Le Mans I was on par with the best sports car drivers in the world, now I can’t even turn one decent lap. It’s very hard to get to grips with this.”
The race on Sunday is broadcast live by TV station Sky Sport 1 at 11.40 hours. In addition, Eurosport 2 televises highlights at 13.00 hours on Sunday, with Eurosport going to air on Sunday at 22.00 hours in its programme “Motorsport Weekend Magazin”.
1. Nicki Thiim (DK), Attempto Racing, 2:05.220 minutes
2. Michael Christensen (DK), DAMS, + 0.161 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Allyouneed by Project 1, + 0.247
4. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, + 0.255
5. Christian Engelhart (D), FACH AUTO TECH, + 0.362
6. Michael Ammermüller (D), Lechner Racing Team, + 0.445
17. Klaus Bachler (A), FÖRCH Racing, + 1.386
21. Jean-Karl Vernay (F), MRS GT-Racing, + 2.022