Supercup: Cairoli Awarded Hockenheim Win
Round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup proved a difficult one for championship leader, Sven Müller, who was handed a time penalty after the race costing him a victory he’d achieved on the track.
Porsche junior, Müller, had started on pole with series rival and fellow Porsche junior Cairoli alongside. Cairoli got the better start off the line but Müller immediately reclaimed the top spot using the run off at turn one to do so. Track limits are a hot topic in Formula One at present, and given that the Porsche Supercup supports F1 it was little surprise that the stewards looked carefully at the move. It was ultimately deemed unacceptable, and so Müller was handed a one-second time penalty which was enough to cost him his victory, promoting Cairoli.
Behind Müller and Cairoli on the track two backmarkers collided during the race bringing out the safety car. At the restart Cairoli tried everything he could to get by Müller, but it was to no avail. Behind Cairoli sat Jeffrey Schmidt in third, Schmidt had overtaken Robert Lukas off the start, Lukas came home in fourth with Christian Engelhart occupying fifth. Series frontrunners Michael Ammermüller and Porsche junior Mathieu Jaminet took seventh and eighth positions respectively. Jaminet had been given a ten place grid penalty following his antics during the previous round at the Hungaroring, meaning he started 13th, this meant finishing in the points was his main goal at Hockenheim.
Despite the result Müller continues to lead championship ahead of Cairoli by 16 points, but it’s all to play for during the remainder of the season. Both Porsche juniors will be looking to emerge from F1’s summer break with the momentum to clinch the 2016 Supercup title. The next round of the Porsche Supercup takes place at Spa-Francochamps in Belgium on 26th to 28th August.
Race result, Round Six, Germany:
|1.||Matteo Cairoli||FACH Auto Tech||14 laps|
|2.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||14 laps|
|3.||Jeffrey Schmidt||Lechner Racing Middle East||14 laps|
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Championship Standings:
|1.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||101 points|
|2.||Matteo Cairoli||FACH Auto Tech||85 points|
|3.||Jeffrey Schmidt||Lechner Racing Middle East||78 points|