Supercup: Championship Goes To The Wire
The final races of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season took place in Mexico, where the 2017 championship was set to be decided. It would go down to the wire. Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen started race one on Saturday from pole, but lost two places off the start to Michael Ammermüller and Matt Campbell. A safety car on lap six eroded Campbell’s advantage, but he managed to stay in the lead – behind him was where the action could be found. Olsen, in third, made several attempts to get past Ammermüller, but found no way around the German who had one eye on his championship lead, behind him Dan Cammish occupied fourth with debutant Julien Andlauer, in fifth. Porsche Carrera Cup France champion, Andlauer, is just 18 years-old, and the new Porsche Junior for the 2018 Supercup season. He benefits from 225,000 Euros of funding from Porsche for his campaign.
Ammermüller took a five point lead into the final race on Sunday, ahead of Olsen, but it was third-placed man Campbell who would start from pole position. The Aussie made a good start maintaining his lead with Olsen behind him, however Ammermüller had opted for a different tyre strategy and, midway through the race made it into second spot and began to put Campbell under pressure. The frontrunner, however, kept his cool and brought home his second victory of the weekend after finishing first in Saturday’s race.
Ammermüller’s second place was enough to clinch the 2017 championship. Ammermüller commented: “Four wins, five second places and a third – thanks to these consistent performances I was finally able to win the Supercup. I’m very pleased about that and I’m grateful for the terrific support I received from my Lechner team.”
Campbell and Ammermüller were followed home by Olsen in third, who concluded his season as runner-up, seven points behind the champion. Josh Webster finished in fourth, Porsche Junior Thomas Preining came home fifth. Olsen said: “I did my very best in today’s race, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to take the title. It’s my first year in the Supercup and prior to the season I hadn’t imagined that I might be fighting so closely for the championship.”
After eleven races run as support to the Formula 1 races, the championship for teams was awarded to Lechner MSG Racing Team. In the Nations League, Germany came first (195 points) ahead of Norway (188) and Australia (159).
Final Driver’s Points Standings After Round 11:
|1.||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||193 points|
|2.||Dennis Olsen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||186 points|
|3.||Matt Campbell||Fach Tech Auto||151 points|
Final Nations League Standings After Round 11: