Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (BWT Lechner Racing) has posted pole position in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup qualifying at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Saturday. For Sunday’s race run as support to the Formula One race, the Frenchman shares the first grid row with Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing). This is the second time Andlauer has claimed the first grid spot this season. “This racetrack is so much fun. I won the German Carrera Cup here this year, and I’d like to do that again in the Supercup on Sunday,” said Andlauer. The third grid spot is occupied by the 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Dylan Pereira (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) from Luxembourg.
In the qualifying, 30 drivers battled it out for the best grid positions. The top time in the first half of the 30-minute session was set by Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing). The championship leader turned the fastest lap after five minutes. For the final phase, the drivers switched to fresh tyres. Shortly before the end of the session, Porsche Junior Andlauer posted the fastest time of the day in 1:30.457 minutes, with ten Voorde just 0.215-seconds slower. “It’s simply fantastic to drive in front of so many Dutch fans. The first sectors were really good on my final lap, but my tyres were no longer ideal for the last two corners,” said the driver from Netherlands.
Pereira planted his nine-eleven on the second grid row next to Ammermüller. “At first I encountered a lot of traffic on the track, so a top time wasn’t possible. Unfortunately in my flying lap I didn’t take the last corner very well. Still, third place is a good starting point for the race,” said Pereira. Guest driver Igor Walilko (PL/MSG-Huber Racing Team) claimed the fifth grid position on the 4.318-kilometre circuit. Positions six to eight went to Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS), Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech) and Toni Wolf (D/Team Project 1 – Fach) as the best rookie.
Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (Fach Auto Tech) takes up the race in Styria from P13. “This is obviously not the result I’d anticipated. It’ll be a tough race in this competitive field. Slipstreaming is pretty good here on the long straights,” said the New Zealander. The fastest driver in the ProAm classification was Roar Lindland (N/pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) ahead of Philipp Sager (Dinamic Motorsport). The Austrian lives in the Peggau municipality just 60 kilometres from the racetrack. Lechner Racing will also compete in front of home crowds: The team is based in Faistenau in the Salzburg region.
Round three of the season gets underway on Sunday at 12.15pm local time.
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 1:30.457 minutes
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 1:30.672 minutes
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), 1:30.693 minutes
4. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 1:30.700 minutes
5. Igor Walilko (PL/MSG-Huber Racing Team), 1:30.781 minutes
6. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 1:30.799 minutes
7. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech), 1:30.835 minutes
8. Toni Wolf (D/Team Project 1 – Fach), 1:30.901 minutes
9. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 1:30.901 minutes
10. Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport), 1:31.033 minutes