Supercup: Jaminet Wins At Spa
Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps was the setting for round seven of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where Porsche Junior driver Mathieu Jaminet took his maiden win.
Sven Müller had started the race in pole position, but as the close qualifying times had suggested, converting his advantage into a win would not be straight forward. Müller did however make a good start, maintaining his lead off the line and into a safety car period. However, Jaminet was in hot pursuit and managed to capitalise on a mistake to claim the race lead, pulling out a 1.1 second gap before the final flag fell.
Behind the pair, Christian Engelhart had qualified third, Cairoli alongside him in fourth, but the two swapped positions after running side-by-side through Spa’s famous Eau Rouge, and that’s how things stayed until the end. However, the race stewards deemed that Cairoli had overtaken outside of track limits and subsequently handed him a post race one-second time penalty. With the punishment applied to his race time this altered the final result, moving Engelhart up into third and relegating Cairoli to fourth. It’s not the first time this season that Cairoli has been involved in controversy landing him in hot water with race officials.
Further back Michael Ammermüller claimed fifth spot with Robert Lukas in sixth. Guest driver Klaus Bachler managed seventh, while 19-year-old Dutchman Larry ten Voorde finished an impressive eighth on his Supercup debut.
21-year-old Frenchman, Jaminet, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled with my win. As I stood on the podium and heard the French national anthem I simply had to sing along, because some the lyrics portrayed perfectly how I felt. To win on one of the best racetracks in the world is a fantastic feeling.”
Müller still leads the championship, sitting 20 points ahead of Cairoli, Jaminet in third is just five points further back. Round eight of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will take place at Monza in Italy next weekend.
Race result, Round Seven, Belgium:
|1.||Mathieu Jaminet||Martinet by Almeras||11 laps|
|2.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||11 laps|
|3.||Christian Engelhart||MRS GT-Racing||11 laps|
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Championship Standings:
|1.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||119 points|
|2.||Matteo Cairoli||FACH Auto Tech||99 points|
|3.||Mathieu Jaminet||Martinet by Almeras||94 points|