Michael Ammermüller celebrates his second win of the season in Budapest
The suspense in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup remains high: On Sunday, Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) won the sixth of ten races on the calendar of the international one-make cup. With this, the German reduced the gap to the points’ leader and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) to just one point. “At first, Julien Andlauer and I were at about the same speed. But then he made a couple of mistakes and I grabbed my chance. I’m particularly pleased that I could present our team boss Walter Lechner with such a gift for his 70th birthday,” said Ammermüller. Andlauer scored second place at the Hungaroring racetrack near Budapest ahead of Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) on third.
In temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius and sunshine, the 31 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup headed into the race. Andlauer initially defended his lead in the 485 hp vehicle, however a safety car was deployed shortly after the start which bunched the field together. The French Porsche Junior came under increasing pressure from his teammate. In lap seven, Ammermüller squeezed past the 20-year-old on the inside of the last corner of the track. The reigning Supercup champion then pulled clear of his pursuers to beat Andlauer across the line by 2.961 seconds. “The first laps were super and I could eke out a small advantage. Unfortunately I missed my braking point slightly in the third to last corner. Michael Ammermüller and I were side by side and I think I left him too much room. He then used that gap,” said Andlauer.
Behind the Lechner pair, four drivers battled for the remaining podium spot: Ten Voorde defended his position over the 15 laps to celebrate with champagne on the podium for the third time in a row. “I felt the pressure from behind, of course, but in such a situation you can’t lose your rhythm and you have to stay cool. I succeeded,” said ten Voorde. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) occupied fourth place ahead of Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) and Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech). Only 0.458 seconds separated the quartet at the flag. Securing seventh place, Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport) brought home his best result so far this season. Eighth over the line was rookie Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS).
The Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (Fach Auto Tech) took up the race from 15th and worked his way through the order to lie in tenth. At the flag, the youngster from New Zealand finished on eleventh place. “Overtaking on this track is virtually impossible. That’s why my good start was so important. Unfortunately I made a mistake later which cost me a better result,” said Evans. Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) drove to victory in the ProAm class. Thus, the Norwegian remains unbeaten in this championship category. Philipp Sager (A/Dinamic Motorsport) and Stephen Grove (AUS/Team Australia) came second and third in class.
After six races, Andlauer maintains his lead in the championship. With 85 points to his credit, he holds a one-point lead over Ammermüller. Ten Voorde ranks third overall with 62 points. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup now heads into a four-week summer break before the seventh round of the season takes off in Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps from 30 August to 1 September. At 7.004 kilometres in length, the venerable Ardennes racetrack is the longest circuit on the Supercup calendar.
Budapest, Race 6 of 10
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
5. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
6. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
8. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
9. Joey Mawson (AUS/Team Australia)
10. Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East)
Points standings after 6 of 10 races
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 85 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 84 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 62 points