Maiden Supercup win for Florian Latorre at Silverstone

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Round 4, Formula 1 race in Silverstone/Great Britain

Florian Latorre (martinet by ALMERAS) scored a lights-to-flag victory at round four of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Silverstone Circuit. “I feel simply fantastic after my first Supercup victory. Michael Ammermüller was waiting for me to make a mistake but I didn’t let that intimidate me,” said the Frenchman. Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) ultimately brought his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup over the finish line in second place, with third place going to Mattia Drudi (Dinamic Motorsport) from Italy.

While 21-year-old Latorre from Bordeaux made a clean start and pulled clear of the field, behind him several drivers were shuffling for positions: Starting from the third grid spot, Drudi immediately put Ammermüller under pressure. In lap four, the Italian overtook the seasoned Porsche specialist who had started from P2. Three laps later, however, Ammermüller made a countermove to snatch back second place. When the safety car was deployed in lap nine, the field bunched up again. After the restart, Latorre and Ammermüller treated F1 fans on the packed grandstands to a gripping battle for the lead, with the Almeras driver fending off all attacks from the points’ leader. “At the end I was really fast and I would have liked to overtake Florian Latorre. But the risk was too high, so I’m satisfied with second place,” said Ammermüller.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Florian Latorre (F), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Michael Ammermüller (D), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Silverstone 2018
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Florian Latorre (F), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Michael Ammermüller (D), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Silverstone 2018

In a temperature of 25-degree Celsius and sunshine, Drudi was flagged off in third place just 0.7 seconds behind the German. For the 19-year-old race driver from Misano Adriatico in the Province of Rimini, this was his first podium result so far this season. “I got away well at the start, but Michael Ammermüller got faster over the course of the race and I had to let him pass,” said Drudi. Fourth place was claimed by Larry ten Voorde (Team Project 1) from the Netherlands. The best British driver of the day was Nick Yelloly (Fach Auto Tech) in fifth. Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing) occupied sixth place ahead of the guest driver Dino Zamparelli (GB/BWT Lechner Racing).

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