Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Round 2, Formula 1 race in Monte Carlo/Monaco
A special triumph for Nick Yelloly (Fach Auto Tech): On the Circuit de Monaco, the Englishman celebrated his maiden victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on Sunday. At round two of the international one-make series, Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) from Germany followed Yelloly over the line in second at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer. The third podium spot was occupied by Dylan Pereira (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) from Luxembourg. “Monaco is the highlight of the season for me so I’m absolutely thrilled. Things became really exciting towards the end but I didn’t leave a gap for Michael Ammermüller,” said Yelloly. Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President of Motorsport and GT Cars, presented the trophies on the podium.
The 27-strong field rolled onto the grid on Sunday in 24-degree-Celsius temperatures and sunshine. After turning the fastest lap in qualifying, Yelloly took up the race from pole position. When the lights turned green, the racing driver from Solihull in England initially pulled clear of the field. However, over the course of the race, Ammermüller, who had started from second on the grid, closed the gap to just one-tenth of a second. The duo treated spectators sitting in the Formula 1 grandstands to a gripping final sprint. Ammermüller waited for Yelloly to make a mistake, however the Fach Auto Tech driver defended his lead to sweep over the finish line in first after 16 laps. Ammermüller, a seasoned Porsche specialist, took the flag in second place just two-tenths of a second behind Yelloly. “That was a great race. It would have been too risky to try and overtake and a mistake would have cost me a lot of points in the championship. Second place is a great result,” said Ammermüller.
Third place on the 3.337-kilometre street circuit went to Pereira. The 20-year-old took off from fourth on the grid and in the first lap immediately overtook Zaid Ashkanani (MRS GT-Racing) from Kuwait. “The key to success was the start. I prepared for this with reaction training and that paid off,” said Pereira. Fourth place was secured by Jaap van Lagen (Fach Auto Tech) from the Netherlands. The Dane Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen (MRS GT-Racing) finished in fifth place ahead of Ashkanani.
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