A lights-to-flag victory for Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing) in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: At the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Porsche Junior won round three of the season at the wheel of his 485 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of his German teammate Michael Ammermüller. “Fastest in free practice, pole position in qualifying and winner of the race – that was a perfect weekend. Although my start wasn’t ideal, I was really fast afterwards,” said Andlauer, who received his trophy on the podium from the entertainer and singer DJ Ötzi. With this, the Lechner Racing squad (Faistenau) scored a double victory at its home race on Sunday. Third place went to Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing).
The race in Styria literally turned into a heated battle for the 30-strong field. Bright sunshine and temperatures soaring to 32-degrees Celsius made for challenging conditions. In the first lap, ten Voorde swept from second place past pole-sitter Andlauer. The Frenchman, however, countered immediately and reclaimed his lead. While Andlauer managed to pull clear from his pursuers, ten Voorde came under increasing pressure from Ammermüller. In lap nine, the seasoned specialist pulled alongside the MRS driver in the hairpin and overtook him at the end of the straight. “Larry ten Voorde defended himself well over a long stretch, but I was clearly faster. By the time I’d overtaken him, the gap to Julien Andlauer was simply too big for me to pose a serious threat,” said Ammermüller. The driver from Rotthalmünster in Bavaria was the only driver in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to achieve podium results at all three races so far this season.
Ten Voorde reached the flag after 17 laps in third place. “My start was really good, but unfortunately Julien Andlauer grabbed his chance for an immediate counterattack. In the duel for second place, Michael Ammermüller had the advantage as he’d kept a fresh set of tyres from the qualifying for the race,” stated the 22-year-old. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS) was thrilled with his best result of the season so far with fourth place. Following him over the finish line were Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport) and Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech), who triumphed over Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) in a fierce battle during the final phase of the race.
Marvin Klein (F/pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) was the best rookie after crossing the finish line in eighth place. Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech) took off from 13th on the grid and managed to make up four positions. “After the disappointing qualifying, this was an important step forward. The conditions with this heat were unusual and a real challenge,” said the 22-year-old. Tio Ellinas (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) from Cyprus rounded off the top ten.
Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) celebrated his first place in the ProAm class. For the Norwegian, this marks the third win of the season in this category. Second on the 4.318-kilometre rollercoaster circuit went to Philipp Sager (Dinamic Motorsport). This weekend’s race was a home event for the driver from Peggau in Austria. Behind Sager, Stephen Grove (AUS/Team Australia) took the flag as third in the amateur standings.
For round four of the season, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup travels to the race in Silverstone, Great Britain, from 12 to 14 July. At the race run as part of the Formula 1 weekend, a VIP vehicle will be campaigned for the first time this season. Chris Hoy will take the wheel. The Scotsman has won six Olympic gold medals in track cycling and in 2015 clinched the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series.
Spielberg, Race 3 of 10
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
5. Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport)
6. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
8. Marvin Klein (F/pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS)
9. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech)
10. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
Points standings after 3 of 10 races
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 54 points
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 49 points
3. Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport), 40 points