Supercup: Cairoli Closes In On Müller
Historic Monza was the setting for round eight of the 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship, where Matteo Cairoli used his home advantage in Italy to good effect, clinching victory. Porsche Junior, Cairoli, started from pole position and survived two safety car periods caused by collisions further back in the field, serving to close his championship points deficit to series leader Sven Müller.
Cairoli’s light-to-flag victory saw him lead second placed man Michael Ammermüller and Italian guest driver Mattia Drudi, in third. Ammermüller was unable to make an impression on Cairoli, while 18-year-old Drudi was ecstatic with his race result. Championship leader Müller had started in third spot on the grid, but after the second safety car phase a move on Ammermüller went awry, costing him two places – relegating him to fourth. Further back it was Robert Lukas who crossed the line in fifth, with Italian Daniele di Amato in sixth.
Mathieu Jaminet’s seventh position was enough to earn him the title of best newcomer as he wrapped up the rookie championship by keeping Jeffrey Schmidt behind him. “I’ve achieved my first goal of the season and I’m delighted about winning the rookie title. In the overall classification I hope to finish the season on third place,” said Jaminet.
With wins in Barcelona, Monaco and Hockenheim, 20-year-old Cairoli’s fourth win of the season has closed the gap in the overall championship standings to leader Müller. Now just two points separate the pair, with two rounds of the 2016 championship remaining. The next Supercup meeting will take place in Austin, Texas, on 21-23 October as usual in support of the Formula One World Championship.
Race result, Round Eight, Italy:
|1.||Matteo Cairoli||Fach Auto Tech||14 laps|
|2.||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||14 laps|
|3.||Mattia Drudi||Dinamic Motorsport||14 laps|
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Championship Standings:
|1.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||135 points|
|2.||Matteo Cairoli||FACH Auto Tech||133 points|
|3.||Mathieu Jaminet||Martinet by Almeras||106 points|