Perfect start into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season for Julien Andlauer: After his pole position he was able to win the first race in Barcelona. Ayhancan Guven and Michael Ammermuller finished on second and third position. Victory in the ProAm Classification went to Roar Lindland.
Dream start for Andlauer
Julien Andlauer: fastest in free practice, pole position and victory at the spanish circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. “That’s a perfect weekend for me. I managed to assert myself in the critical phases of the race – which were in the first laps and at the restart after the safety car phase, “said the Porsche Junior. At Sunday’s race, Ayhancan Guven and Michael Ammermuller scored the other podium steps with their 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers.
The 28-strong field from 17 nations treated spectators to an action-packed race on the circuit north of Barcelona. In sunny weather and a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, Andlauer immediately took the inside line after the start in order to defend himself against Güven. The racing driver from Turkey made several attempts to overtake the Frenchman, but was thwarted in lap five when the safety car was deployed to a vehicle to be salvaged from the track. Andlauer made the most of the restart and used the remaining distance to pull clear of Güven.
After 14 laps, the French racing driver swept over the finish line 3.2 seconds ahead of his pursuer from Istanbul. “I had a great duel with Julien Andlauer over the first laps. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to match his pace. Still, it felt terrific to climb the podium in front of so many people, “said Güven. The Alméras driver completed his race as the best rookie.
Champion starts with third place
Andlauer’s teammate Ammermuller held on to his third place over the Entire distance. On the 4,655-kilometer racetrack, the reigning Supercup champion defended his position against Mikkel Pedersen over the first laps. In the final phase, Ammermüller even challenged Güven for second place. However, in the duel with the 21-year-old, he never succeeded in making the decisive move.
I’m sitting on Ayhancan Guven’s bumper. This racetrack has very few passages that are suitable for overtaking, and he was slightly faster than me in those places, “explained Ammermüller. Fourth position went to Tio Ellina, who was rewarded for his patience after he passed Pedersen two laps before the checkered flag. Jaap van Lagen overtook the Dane to secure position five ahead of Pedersen.
Evans with P8 on his debut
On the storied circuit in Montmeló, Al Faisal Al Zubair crossed the finish line in seventh place. Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans took his first Supercup race from the tenth grid spot and gained two positions over the course of the race. “Eighth place at my debut is a decent result. But I know that more would have been possible. For this reason, my team and I want to work hard. Racing in front of the Formula 1 Grandstand is great fun, “said the 22-year-old.
ProAm victory goes to Lindland
In the ProAm class, Roar Lindland celebrates a lights-to-flag victory. The Norwegian relegated Nicolas Misslin and Philip Sager to positions two and three.
Round two of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season wants to be in Monaco from 23 to 26 May. With its tight corners, the Monte Carlo city circuit demands total concentration from drivers. At the event in the Principality, the international one-make cup uses the big-top circus tent at Chapiteau de Fontvieille as the paddock. – ds / Source: Porsche AG