Third win and new champion: Michael Ammermüller celebrates in Mexico
The battle for the championship title of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is over. At round nine in Mexico City, Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) scored a lights-to-flag victory. With this result, the German holds an unassailable lead in the series with a 22-point advantage. “This is my third title in a row and that makes me incredibly proud. The fight for the championship was wide open over the entire season, so I didn’t expect to become champion before the end of the season. My start today wasn’t great but I know the circuit well and I managed to pressure Ayhancan Güven into making a mistake,” said Ammermüller. Second place on Saturday went to Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS) followed across the line by Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing). The champions for the two other classifications have also been decided: Thanks to his second place, Güven is the new rookie champion. The BWT Lechner Racing squad takes home the team title.
The race in the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez quickly turned into a thriller packed with spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. In the sprint to the first corner after the start, Güven got past Ammermüller in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, however the Lechner driver promptly snatched back the lead in the first lap. Ammermüller deftly defended himself and managed to pull clear of the field. After 16 laps, the seasoned specialist crossed the finish line first, 4.9 seconds ahead of Güven – and thus netted his third victory of the season. Güven’s podium result was his fourth this year. “The rookie title means a great deal to me because in the past it’s only been won by really successful drivers. I’m happy with my race. This is my first time in Mexico and Michael Ammermüller had a wealth of experience to call on,” declared the young Turkish racing driver.
Third place went to Ellinas. The Cypriot managed to fend off Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing). “This is a great result for me. I stayed really focussed and was rewarded with a podium spot,” said Ellinas. Fans in the Formula 1 grandstands witnessed a fierce duel for fourth place between the two youngsters ten Voorde and Andlauer. In the 14th lap, Andlauer finally managed to make the decisive move to overtake the Dutchman. “What a crazy race. I didn’t get a clean start, but I gradually worked my way up the order. I think I could have done better than fourth place,” said Andlauer.
Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS) took the flag in sixth place. The 42-year-old was followed over the line by the two rookies Marius Nakken (N/Team Project 1 – Fach) and Joey Mawson (AUS/Team Australia). Porsche-Junior Jaxon Evans (Fach Auto Tech) finished on 14th. At one point the New Zealander was running in eighth place only to have a drive-through penalty relegate him down the field. “My start was good, but I veered slightly off the track and touched another car. Unfortunately the penalty cost me a better result. I take up Sunday’s race from sixth and I’d like to conclude the season with the best possible result,” stated Evans.
Philipp Sager (Dinamic Motorsport) was delighted with his win in the ProAm classification, with the Austrian beating Stephen Grove (AUS/Team Australia) and Roar Lindland (N/pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS). After the penultimate race, Lindland leads his class with 156 points. Ricardo Sanchez (MRS Cup-Racing) contested a home race this weekend. This marks the first time the driver from Toluca, Mexico, competes in the international one-make cup series, which he concluded in 15th place. Tatiana Calderón (CO/Team Project 1 – Fach) also makes her Supercup debut in Mexico City. The race for the Formula 2 pilot and F1 test driver for Alfa Romeo came to an early end with a collision.
Mexico City also hosts round ten of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The race gets underway at 10.15am local time. Eurosport televises the event live in over 60 countries. Sky covers the season final in Great Britain and Italy, with Sport 1 broadcasting the international one-make cup in Germany. Fans can also watch the last race live via the official Formula 1 streaming service (F1 TV).
Mexico City, Race 9 of 10
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
3. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
4. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
5. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
6. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
7. Marius Nakken (N/Team Project 1 – Fach)
8. Joey Mawson (AUS/Team Australia)
9. Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
10. Kantadhee Kusiri (T/Fach Auto Tech)
Points standings after 9 of 10 races
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 130 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 108 points
3. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 106 points