Supercup: Andlauer Wins As Ammermüller Takes Title In Mexico
The final round of the 2018 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season in Mexico saw series veteran Michael Ammermüller take the 2018 driver’s title, however, the German did not win the race despite starting from pole position. Lining up alongside, it was Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer who pinched the lead of the race from Ammermüller in their sprint into the first corner, a position he maintained for 16 laps until the flag.
Having lost the lead of the race, Ammermüller soon came under attack from Briton Nick Yelloly and Porsche Junior Thomas Preining. On lap three Yelloly slipstreamed past on the start-finish straight to move into second place, three laps later Preining followed him through before chasing down Yelloly and executing a pass on lap ten. However, Preining was later handed a three-second penalty for gaining an advantage by leaving the track, this promoted Yelloly into second place ahead of Ammermüller, making the final order; Andlauer, Yelloly and Ammermüller – Preining finished in fourth place.
The result of the Mexican race was enough to secure the driver’s title for Ammermüller for the second time in a row, his tally of 153 points beat Yelloly’s score of 146 points, Preining took third with 135 points. Ammermüller follows in the footsteps of Patrick Huisman, Richard Westbrook, Jeroen Bleekemolen and René Rast in being only the fifth driver to successfully defend a championship title in Supercup history.
Of his second Supercup race victory, Andlauer said: “It’s fantastic to conclude the season with a double victory. Fourth overall in my debut Supercup season is a great result. Nick Yelloly commented: “On the one hand I’m pleased with my podium result, but obviously I would’ve liked to take home the title. But Michael Ammermüller drove such a clever race that I had no real chance. I congratulate him.”
An overjoyed Ammermüller said: “Even if it looked easy today, I was tense to the last lap. I still can’t believe I’ve won the title for the second time straight. The most important thing is to earn as many points as possible at every race. And that’s what I did at both races this weekend.”