Supercup: Latorre Takes Maiden Win at Silverstone
Florian Latorre took a lights-to-flag victory at round four of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at a baking hot Silverstone in front of grandstands packed with Formula One fans. The 21-year old pole sitter soaked-up pressure from championship stalwart Michael Ammermüller in second spot and a charging Mattia Drudi in third – Ammermüller and Drudi enjoyed an exciting tussle throughout the race.
Some 33 drivers started the race, eight were Brits on home soil. Among them were series regulars Josh Webster, Nick Yelloly. Tom Sharp and Mark Radcliffe, while guest drivers from the Carrera Cup GB also took part; Tom Wrigley, Lewis Plato, and GT Porsche contributor Dino Zamparelli. In the official Porsche ‘VIP’ guest car came former GT Porsche contributor tuned Top Gear TV presenter, Chris Harris, making his debut in the series. However, it was JTR’s Wrigley who topped the British drivers in qualifying, starting from an impressive P5. Harris lined-up in 27th spot on the grid and finished just one place higher in 26th. “I managed to make up a couple of positions after the start, but a spin threw me back,” said Harris. “The race was huge fun and at least I didn’t come last – that was my goal.”
On lap 9 the safety car was deployed bunching the field up. After the restart, Latorre and Ammermüller treated spectators to a gripping battle for the lead but ultimately the positions remained the same with Drudi in third place. Fourth place was claimed by Larry ten Voorde with Yelloly, the best of the British drivers, in fifth. Zaid Ashkanani took sixth place ahead of Carrera Cup GB championship contender, Zamparelli.
Following his maiden Supercup win Latorre said: “I feel simply fantastic after my first Supercup victory. Michael Ammermüller was waiting for me to make a mistake but I didn’t let that intimidate me.”
Following the Silverstone race, Ammermüller retains his championship lead with 65 points, Yelloly is second nine points behind the German, Dylan Pereira is third with 46 points. Round five of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place at Hockenheim on 22nd July. The race celebrates the return of the series to Germany after a year’s break, since its debut season in 1993 Supercup has raced on the Hockenheimring a total of 20 times.