Dylan Pereira claims his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title

Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)
Thrills and spills characterized the season finale of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza. After 15 laps with countless battles for positions among the leading pack, the Dane Bastian Buus took the flag first ahead of Harry King from the UK, his BWT Lechner Racing teammate. Championship leader Dylan Pereira crossed the finish line in P3 at the wheel of the team champion’s third Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. However, both King and Pereira lost positions due to a time penalty. Fifth place was still enough for Pereira to win the championship title.

The race in Monza

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

Dylan Pereira basically only had to cross the finish line to secure the overall title in the Mobil 1 Supercup. Instead, the Luxembourger started the race from third on the grid and got repeatedly entangled in hair-raising battles for positions. In the duel with one of his top rivals for the title, Larry ten Voorde, Pereira even made several mistakes.

Start, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Marvin Klein (F), CLRT (#12), Bastian Buus (DK), BWT Lechner Racing (#7), Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

For this, he was handed a three-second time penalty from the stewards. Pereira crossed the finish line in the ca. 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as third but was relegated to fifth place – which was enough anyway to take home his first Supercup title. “Ok, the final round of the season didn’t go so smoothly. But the most important thing is winning the title. I’ve worked towards this for seven years,” beamed the 25-year-old sports soldier.

Larry ten Voorde complimented his successor on claiming the Supercup crown: “Congratulations to Dylan. That was again an extremely exciting Supercup season. I did my best but this time it wasn’t quite enough to retain the title,” commented the Dutchman from the GP Elite squad.

Larry ten Voorde congratulates Dylan Pereira with the championship title.

Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich, who traveled to Monza with an outsider chance of claiming the title, crossed the finish line in tenth place. “Unfortunately, I was forced off the track shortly after the start which threw me down the field to 18th. From there, it was impossible to achieve a better result than a tenth,” stated the 20-year-old from Germany. One small consolation: Heinrich retains his third overall in the standings.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Bastian Buus (DK), BWT Lechner Racing (#7), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

However, Bastian Buus from Denmark almost snatched this ranking from him. In the first few meters, the newly crowned rookie champion overtook the pole-sitter Marvin Klein from France (CLRT). Buus defended the lead vehemently against Klein, even after a safety car phase. In the second half of the race, he then had to shake off his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Harry King. Buus gave the Englishman no chance and ultimately brought home his second win of the season. “I had a few different strategies up my sleeve before the start of the race – overtaking Marvin at the start was one of them. After that, I focussed on not making any mistakes at the front,” reported Buus. The 19-year-old Dane won all eight races in the rookie class of the 2022 Supercup season – and set a new record. In the overall standings, he ranked fourth place, just one point behind Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Jukka Honkavuori (FIN), FACH AUTO TECH (#10), Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich (D), SSR Huber Racing (#3), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

King took his defeat against his young teammate in a sportsmanlike manner. “Bastian defended himself cleverly. An attack would have possibly been too risky – and, of course, that’s exactly what our team boss Robert Lechner before the start expressly banned us from doing.” While Harry King took the flag in second place, a bad surprise came for him a while after crossing the finish line. He was handed a five-second penalty from the stewards for shunting Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich. Because of this and Pereira’s penalty, Larry ten Voorde inherited the second place. King retained a fifth place in the overall standings.

Team Martinet by Almeras, Jaap van Lagen (NL), Martinet by Almeras (#20), Roar Lindland (N), Pierre Martinet by Almeras (#21), Dorian Boccolacci (F), Martinet by Almeras (#19), Stephane Denoual (F), Pierre Martinet by Almeras (#22), Philippe Almeras (Martinet by Almeras), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

Victory in the ProAm category at the Supercup finale went to the Englishman Aaron Mason from the Pierre Martinet by Alméras squad. His teammate Roar Lindland came fourth in the ProAm category. With this result, the Norwegian clinched the ProAm title in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for the fourth time.

BWT Lechner Racing Team, Michael Schöch (BWT Lechner Racing), Robert Lechner (BWT Lechner Racing), Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Harry King (UK), BWT Lechner Racing (#6), Bastian Buus (DK), BWT Lechner Racing (#7), Walter Lechner (BWT Lechner Racing), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

“It doesn’t get more exciting than this. The finale in Monza was a worthy conclusion to the 30th Supercup season and the best promotion for racing with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,” commented Michael Dreiser. The Director of Sales at Porsche Motorsport presented Bastian Buus with the winners’ trophy. Oliver Schwab, Project Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, added: “Congratulations to BWT Lechner Racing. To win the driver’s title with Dylan Pereira, the rookie title with Bastian Buus, and also the team title is a huge achievement. Congratulations, too, to Roar Lindland for claiming his fourth ProAm title. I’d also like to thank all the other teams and every single team member for an extremely gripping and highly professional 30th Supercup season.”

Result race 8 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Monza (Italy)

1. Bastian Buus (DK/BWT Lechner Racing), 30:37.642 minutes
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), +5.036 seconds
3. Harry King (UK/BWT Lechner Racing), +5.370 seconds
4. Marvin Klein (F/CLRT), +5.457 seconds
5. Dylan Pereira (L/BWT Lechner Racing), +7.740 seconds
6. Dorian Boccolacci (F/Martinet by Alméras), +7.860 seconds

Final result 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (after 8 races)

1. Dylan Pereira (L/BWT Lechner Racing), 147 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 139 points
3. Laurin Heinrich (D/SSR Huber Racing), 123 points
4. Bastian Buus (DK/BWT Lechner Racing), 122 points
5. Harry King (GB/BWT Lechner Racing), 109 points

Overall winner Teams’ classification: BWT Lechner Racing (A)
Overall winner Rookie classification: Bastian Buus (DK, BWT Lechner Racing)
Overall winner ProAm classification: Roar Lindland (N, Pierre Martinet by Alméras)

Full race results and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship standings: