Supercup: Porsche Juniors Dominate Season Opener
Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit basked in glorious Spainsh sunshine at the weekend while playing host to the Formula One circus, in support it also witnessed the opening round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season.
Porsche Junior, Matteo Cairoli, led away from pole position building a gap to the chasing Sven Müller, himself a Junior graduate to the series who had moved up from third spot on the grid. The safety car was deployed early into the race shrinking Italian Cairoli’s lead, but it wasn’t enough to halt his convincing lights-to-flag victory. Behind Cairoli and German Müller was yet another Porsche Junior, Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet, ensuring the podium was strictly the preserve of young talent selected by Porsche for its Junior programme. “What a perfect start to the season! I knew the car had a super fast set-up, but still, first you have to win,” said Cairoli.
Behind the trio of Porsche Juniors a clash on lap three between Christian Engelhart and Jeffrey Schmidt put Engelhart in the gravel and out of the race. But it was Britain’s Ben Barker, a former Carerra Cup GB driver, who put in a spirited sprint through the field to finish fourth on his Supercup debut. Barker has raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Carrera Cup Australia, he now contests the 2016 Supercup series with the Momo-Megatron Team Partrax squad. His teammate, Paul Rees, is also an ex-Carrera Cup GB driver, he came home in 10th place overall. Further back 2015 Supercup race winner, Michael Ammermüller, finished fifth ahead of Jeffrey Schmidt, Robert Lukas took seventh ahead of Zaid Ashkanani.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup comprises 10 rounds this year and promises wheel-to-wheel action all season. Naturally it’s early days, but after the first round Cairoli leads the championship with 20 points and he has his targets set high, he said: “This year I’m competing for Fach Auto Tech – the same squad that Le Mans winner Earl Bamber drove for. I would like to win the Supercup this year, just as he did two years ago,” The Italian will also contest numerous races in other European Porsche one-make series with his 911 GT3 Cup.
Race result, Round One, Barcelona:
|1.||Matteo Cairoli||Fach Auto Tech||14 laps|
|2.||Sven Müller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||14 laps|
|3.||Mathieu Jaminet||Martinet by Almeras||14 laps|
|5.||Ben Barker||Momo-Megatron Team Partrax||14 laps|
|10.||Paul Rees||Momo-Megatron Team Partrax||14 laps|