Supercup: Campbell Claims First Win
With such a short lap and so few corners, Austria’s Red Bull Ring often produces close, thrilling racing, the 2017 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup was one such meeting. Porsche Junior, Matt Campbell, however, did his best to made it all look easy, with a lights-to-flag victory. The 22-year-old Australian led the 32-strong Supercup field from pole position, defending his lead before building a gap between him and his pursuers.
Behind Campbell, Mattia Drudi maintained his second spot until lap 13 when championship leader, Michael Ammermüller, followed by Dylan Pereira, got by him after the Italian made an error. Further back Porsche Junior, Dennis Olsen, started from seventh on the grid but worked his way up to fifth, he was given a run all the way by Briton Josh Webster in sixth.
A short safety car period right in the dying stages of the race looked like it might upset the finishing order, but Campbell kept his cool at the front to clinch his maiden Porsche Supercup win. Behind him came a delighted Ammermüller scooping a healthy number of points further securing his championship lead, Pereira finished third with Drudi fourth – the best result so far for the driver from Luxembourg. Carrera Cup GB champion, Dan Cammish, finished eighth having slipped back from a promising start near the sharp end of the race.
In the championship standings, Ammermüller maintains his lead with 78 points after four of eleven races, while Olsen sits second with 64 points. Thanks to his win in Austria, Campbell moves up the table to third displacing Cammish. In the newly created Nations League, Germany leads with 78 points, followed by Norway (64) and Australia (60).
Round five of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is contested from 14 to 16 July at Silverstone in Great Britain. For five Supercup regulars, this race will be on home turf; Dan Cammish is from Leeds, Josh Webster is from Stowmarket, Paul Rees is from Oxford, Tom Sharp (Surrey) as well as Marc Radcliffe (Rufford). Although Ryan Cullen was born in Britain he will earn points towards the Nations League for Ireland.
Driver’s Points Standings After Round 4:
|1.||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||78 points|
|2.||Dennis Olsen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||64 points|
|3.||Matt Campbell||Fach Auto Tech||60 points|
Nations League Standings After Round 4: