Porsche Junior Matt Campbell triumphs in Mexico
The title decision in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has to wait until the final race on Sunday. On Saturday, Porsche Junior Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech) dominated the 29-strong field on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City and relegated Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team) and Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team) to positions two and three. “I managed to snatch the lead in the sprint to the first corner. That was the key to success. I’m taking up Sunday’s race from pole position and perhaps I can win again. My goal is to finish the season as third overall in the championship,” says the Australian. Because of the tight situation at the top, the championship is still wide open as it heads into the 11th and final round. Ammermüller leads with a five-point advantage over Olsen, and there are still 20 points up for grabs.
Olsen took up the race on the 4.304-kilometre circuit from pole position in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The Norwegian, however, lost two positions in the first lap and had to settle in behind Campbell and Ammermüller in third place. Campbell grabbed his chance and pulled clear to eke out a comfortable 4.2-second advantage. When the safety car was deployed in lap six so that a vehicle could be salvaged, he lost his margin. The Australian, however, kept his cool and fended off his pursuers to retain his lead. Gripping fights for positions played out behind him, and even a second safety car phase couldn’t deter the 22-year-old from his path to victory.
Olsen made several attempts to get past Ammermüller, but found no way around the German. “I managed to extend my championship lead over Dennis in this race. That’s good. I’ll do everything I can on Sunday to stay ahead of him. Interestingly, the grid positions for tomorrow’s race are the same as our results today. Ultimately, only one thing matters for me and that’s the title,” said Ammermüller. “Even though my race didn’t go perfectly, I’m ready to fight at the finale. I’m taking up Sunday’s race from third on the grid and I’ll attack from the first second to keep my title chances alive,” declared Olsen.
Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team) netted fourth place behind the top three, Campbell, Ammermüller, and Olsen. Frenchman Julien Andlauer (Martinet by Almeras) pulled off a surprising coup. At his maiden race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup he finished on fifth place. “This race was a huge challenge for me. You have to fight from the first to the last metre if you want to come out on top. I’m really pleased with the result and I’m curious to see how I go on Sunday.” The 18-year-old is the new Porsche Junior for the 2018 Supercup season, and he receives funding to the value of 225,000 Euros from Porsche for his campaign. Andlauer, who clinched the title of the Porsche Carrera Cup France two weeks ago, triumphed at an international shootout and secured the attractive sponsorship package.
Sixth place went to the 19-year-old Porsche Junior Thomas Preining. “I lost the front lip of my car in a tussle in lap three or four. Still, I kept fighting my way through and even managed to move up to sixth place in the last lap. This earned important points in the team classification for the Walter Lechner Racing Team,” said the Austrian, who contests his third race in this year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and normally competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Josh Webster (Fach Auto Tech) from Great Britain saw the flag in seventh ahead of Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen (DK/MRS GT-Racing). The best amateur pilot was Mark Radcliffe (GB/IDL Racing).
For the championship, the results from round ten mean the following: Ammermüller leads with 175 points. Olsen is five points behind on second. Campbell ranks third with 131 points. In the amateur classification, Egidio Perfetti (NL/MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax) holds a four-point advantage over his closest pursuer Roland Bervillé (F/Martinet by Almeras). In this year’s newly-established Nations League, Germany leads (177 points) ahead of Norway (172 points) and Australia (139 points).
The eleventh and final championship round will be contested this Sunday starting at 10.30 hrs (local time). As a service for the fans, live-timing is now available on www.racecam.de. Eurosport broadcasts the race in 60 countries. Viewers in Germany, Great Britain and Italy can witness the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup live on Sky TV.
Mexico City, results race 10 of 11*
1. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
4. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
5. Julien Andlauer (F/Martinet by Almeras).
6. Thomas Preining (A/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
7. Josh Webster (GB/Fach Auto Tech)
8. Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen (DK/MRS GT-Racing)
9. Ryan Cullen (GB/Lechner Racing Middle East)
10. Philip Morin (S/MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax)