Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Round 3, Formula 1 race in Spielberg/Austria
A perfect weekend for Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (BWT Lechner Racing): Taking up Sunday’s race from pole position, the 19-year-old Austrian scored his first victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. “That was one of the most intense races I’ve ever driven. Julien Andlauer and I fought hard for victory to the very last lap. It’s simply fantastic to wind up the weekend with a victory at my home race,” said Preining. In summery conditions, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (martinet by ALMERAS) finished in second place on the Red Bull Ring. Behind the Frenchman’s 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Florian Latorre (F/martinet by ALMERAS) took the flag in third.
Preining’s victory, however, was definitely not handed to him on a plate: Andlauer put in a catapult start from third on the grid to snatch the lead in the first lap. In lap two the safety car came out, which kept the field tight. 19-year-old Andlauer managed to retain his lead position after the restart, however Preining stuck close to his bumper. The two junior drivers treated spectators on the packed Formula One grandstands to a gripping duel for the lead. Right up until the penultimate lap, Andlauer defended his top spot, until Preining found a gap and overtook him. The local hero gave his rival no chance for a counterattack and swept over the finish line in first. “The race gave fans some great entertainment. Of course I would have preferred to win, but Thomas Preining was simply faster. I’m thrilled to have earned important points towards the championship,” said Andlauer. The reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France was presented with the trophy on the podium by Porsche’s ambassador Mark Webber.
Clinching third place, Andlauer’s teammate Latorre was the best rookie on the 4.318 kilometre rollercoaster racetrack. “This is my first podium result in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and I’m thrilled. The race was extremely tough but completely fair,” said the 21-year-old Latorre. Behind the driver from Bordeaux, Dylan Pereira (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) from Luxembourg finished on fourth place. Nick Yelloly (GB/Fach Auto Tech) crossed the finish line in fifth ahead of Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing). Seventh place went to Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) from Germany, with Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team Project 1) earning points for eighth place. The best driver in the ProAm class was the Austrian Philipp Sager (MRS Cup-Racing).
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