Supercup: Olsen Wins In Belgium
Spa-Francorchamps hosts a double-header of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, so rounds seven on Saturday, and eight on Sunday, came from the spectacular Belgian circuit in the Ardennes. Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen clinched pole position for both races, and the 21-year-old Norwegian managed to convert it to an early lead. Hot on his heels were Mattia Drudi and Michael Ammermüller.
Drudi stayed glued to Olsen’s bumper over the first five laps, with championship leader Ammermüller doing the same to Drudi. On lap six Olsen eked out a one-second advantage and from that point onwards he had no challenge, with Drudi finishing second and Ammermüller third. Dan Cammish crossed the finish line in fourth place having set the fastest race lap (2:26.287).
“This win feels really good. It’s the first time I’ve driven here in dry conditions and I first had to get used to the braking points. It must have worked quite well, otherwise I wouldn’t have won,” said Olsen. The question was: could he repeat the result in race two? The answer was a resounding ‘yes’. Olsen took off from pole position once more come Sunday’s second race. Despite two safety car phases eroding he gap he had built, the Porsche Junior held tight to his lead until the finish for a lights-to-flag victory. In the meantime there was some spectacular racing behind him.
Ammermüller moved from third to second place: “After a collision between two cars, radiator fluid was left on the track and the safety car had to be deployed. When the race went green again, Nick Yelloly slid slightly to the outside which left the door open for me to get past. That allowed me to earn 18 points for second place and I think ultimately every point could be decisive in the championship,” he explained.
Olsen was followed home by Ammermüller with Dylan Pereira taking up the final podium place. Just eight points separate Olsen and Ammermüller in the championship with three races left on the 2017 calendar, and a total of 60 points still to be won. Ammermüller currently leads with 150 points. Briton Dan Cammish is third with 100 points. In the Nations League, Germany leads with 150 points ahead of Norway in second on 142 points.
The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place at Monza in Italy next weekend.
Driver’s Points Standings After Round 8:
|1.||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||150 points|
|2.||Dennis Olsen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||142 points|
|3.||Daniel Cammish||Lechner Racing Middle East||100 points|
Nations League Standings After Round 8:
|3.||Great Britain||101 points|