Supercup: Monza Establishes Three-Way Title Fight
As the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup heads towards its conclusion – a doubleheader in Mexico – Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza hosted round eight of the championship. From the front row Porsche Junior Thomas Preining made a move on pole sitter Michael Ammermüller in the run down to the first corner, overtaking Ammermüller on the outside to get ahead. On the sixth and seventh laps, Ammermüller mounted a comeback but Preining fended off both advances to maintain his lead.
In the final laps, Preining managed to put some space between himself and Ammermüller, taking the chequered flag after 14 laps at some 1.7 seconds ahead. “It’s special to start from pole position at Monza. You take up the race from the outside line and have to immediately cover the inside line. Later I managed to defend myself from Drudi and that cost me time. With an eye on the championship, second place is good, but I could have won today,” said Ammermüller.
Behind the battling title contenders up front, Mattia Drudi started from third on the grid, at times putting Ammermüller under pressure but to no avail, coming home to clinch his fourth podium result of the season. “To race in front of Italian fans is a fantastic feeling. After I caught Ammermüller I made a minor error unfortunately. Ultimately I didn’t want to jeopardise my third place through to a risky manoeuvre,” said the 20-year-old.
Briton Nick Yelloly, who sits second to Ammermüller in the overall points standings, made up one position from his grid slot to finish fourth ahead of Dylan Pereira in fifth. Sixth place went to Jaap van Lagen with Florian Latorre in seventh – the best placed rookie. Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer started from 30th position and pulled off a series of overtaking manoeuvres to finish in a staggering eighth place. “I knew it would be a marathon for me, so it was important to handle the tyres carefully. I think I got the most out of my starting position,” said Andlauer.
Following the Monza race comes the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season finale on 26th to 28th October in Mexico, there a doubleheader meeting will decide the 2018 championship. Three drivers travel to Mexico City with a chance of taking glory following rounds nine and ten – a total tally of 40 points are up for grabs. Ammermüller currently leads the driver’s championship with 119 points, Yelloly has 114 points and Preining 105 points – all have a mathematical chance of being crowned champion at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.