Supercup: Preining Wins In Belgium
Round seven of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup took place at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, for once in the notoriously wet Ardennes region the race took place in dry and sunny conditions. Porsche Junior Thomas Preining started the race from pole position, making a decent start to maintain his lead into the first corner. Over the course of the race, the 20-year-old continued to extend his lead over the rest of the field to finish the eleven lap race with a 4.1-second advantage – the victory marks his third win of the season.
Behind Preining it was Larry ten Voorde who started third behind Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer, on the opening lap ten Voorde made a successful move on Andlauer for second spot where he stayed until the chequered flag fell to claim his best result of the season so far. “I immediately put Julien Andlauer under pressure, which was precisely my plan. I’m particularly thrilled to bring home a podium result from a revered racetrack like Spa,” he said.
Zaid Ashkanani came home third 3.4 seconds behind ten Voorde, it’s the 24-year-old driver’s first podium of the season. “I love this racetrack, and this makes third place very special for me,” he said. “The important thing was that I succeeded in fending off Julien Andlauer in the ninth lap.” Mattia Drudi started from eighth, moving through the field to take fifth place before pulling off a move on Andlauer on the final lap to finish in fourth place. Andlauer had to settle for fifth place. Briton Nick Yelloly came home in sixth place with championship leader Michael Ammermüller finishing an uncharacteristic seventh.
In the guest 911 Formula E racer Felix Rosenqvist made his Supercup debut. Rosenqvist qualified an impressive tenth on the grid, a position he defended to the flag. “I’m pleased with the result. Of course I would have preferred to finish further up the field, but I would’ve had to take more risks. But I didn’t want to endanger anyone’s chance of earning championship points with some risky manoeuvre. All in all it was an action-packed weekend,” said Rosenqvist.
Following the race Ammermüller still heads the championship but his points lead has reduced to just two points from Yelloly. Ammermüller has 100 points, Yelloly 98 points, and following his lights-to-flag victory, Preining now sits third with 85 points. Round eight of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place at Monza this coming weekend (September 1st).