Supercup: Campbell Wins At Monza
Just one week after Spa, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup moved to Monza in Italy where Saturday saw heavy rain. With water flooding the track, qualifying had to be cancelled for safety reasons, therefore the results of free practice determined the grid positions for Sunday’s race – round nine of the series.
Porsche Junior driver, Matt Campbell, was thrilled with his pole position, which he turned into a lights-to-flag victory for the Fach Auto Tech team, it was his second victory of the 2017 season. Behind the Australian driver came Zaid Ashkanani, marking his best Supercup result so far, and 19-year-old Italian Mattia Drudi, who started from sixth and finished third.
For championship leader, Michael Ammermüller, the race was something of a nightmare. Having started the race from as high as third on the grid,Ammermüller overtook Porsche Junior, Dennis Olsen, in the sprint to the first corner. However, on lap seven, Ammermüller and another competitor swapped paint, which saw him fall back to eleventh. Now stuck back in the pack, Ammermüller came into contact with a second 911 on lap 10, forcing him back into 13th place, from there he could recover into only 10th spot.
A small consolation for Ammermüller was that his championship title rival, Olsen, could manage only fifth place. Ammermüller will now go into the season finale, to be held for the first time in Mexico, as championship leader just three points ahead of Olsen. Campbell’s result in Italy promotes him to third in the standings, pushing Briton Dan Cammish out of the top three championship positions.
Campbell commented: “I’m really pleased to have won this race. After the first lap there was a brief safety car phase because a car went into the gravel. My restart went really well and that was the key to success. I managed to build on my lead and bring my win safely home.”
Rounds ten and eleven of the 2017 season will be contested at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico, where the championship will be decided.
Driver’s Points Standings After Round 9:
|1.||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||157 points|
|2.||Dennis Olsen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||154 points|
|3.||Matt Campbell||Fach Tech Auto||111 points|
Nations League Standings After Round 9: