Larry ten Voorde (MRS GT-Racing) claimed his first victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, making the Dutch youngster the fifth driver to win a round so far this season.
Joining him on the podium at Monza after round eight on Sunday was Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) and Joey Mawson from Team Australia.
The race on the tradition-steeped 5.793-km circuit turned turbulent right from the outset. After claiming his first pole position in his maiden season of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Porsche Junior driver Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech) led the 32-strong field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers through the first chicane.
The 2018 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia champion would get punted wide by Güven mid-corner.
Evans lost several positions as a result of the contact, while Güven took the lead. Although the young Turkish driver defended his front spot until the end of the 15-lap race, he was subsequently handed a five-second penalty for the collision with Evans.
Thus, Güven’s closest rival ten Voorde inherited the top position in the 485 hp 911 and celebrated his maiden victory in the international one-make cup. Ammermüller followed 0.893 seconds behind while rookie Mawson celebrated his premiere on the Supercup podium.
The Australian fended Ammermüller off for ten of the 15 laps in the Royal Park, before the seasoned Supercup specialist overtook him. “That was a fantastic race with an excellent result for me. Unfortunately, a minor error cost me second place. Still, I’m delighted to make it to the podium,” said Mawson.
Due to the penalty, Güven was relegated to fifth place, with Porsche Junior Evans in sixth. “My start wasn’t ideal, but I was in the lead until Ayhancan Güven’s car and mine touched. That was, of course, the key moment of the race. Ultimately, I still managed to recover and finish sixth,” stated the New Zealander.
After languishing in 30th and 31st positions respectively after qualifying on their first visit to famous Monza circuit, Mawson’s Team Australia teammates Stephen Grove and Marc Cini progressed steadily through the Pro-Am field to finish in 25th and 27th positions overall.
Drivers from 21 countries have contested round eight of the season – making it the most diverse line-up in the history of the series. For the season finale, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup travels to Mexico City from 25 to 27 October.
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez hosts the last two rounds of the international one-make cup for third time. In the past two years, Ammermüller was crowned the Supercup champion there.
Monza, Race 8 of 10
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Joey Mawson (AUS/Team Australia)
4. Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport)
5. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
6. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
8. Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East)
9. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech)
10. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
Points standings after 8 of 10 races
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 110 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 96 points
3. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 92 points