Supercup: Preining Wins In Hungary
Austrian Porsche Junior driver Thomas Preining took pole position for round six of the Supercup championship in Hungary ahead of a 14 lap race. Bright and sunny conditions greeted the 27 cars for the start of the race, importantly Preining successfully defended his position to lead into the first corner at a track where overtaking is traditionally difficult. The safety car was deployed on lap one, Preining maintained his lead after the restart on lap two with reigning Carrera Cup France champion Julien Andlauer stuck to his rear bumper.
In the closing stages of the race Andlauer put Preining under increased pressure, but the positions remained the same. The pair were followed home by Jaap van Lagen who had started fifth and managed to sweep past two cars in the sprint to the first corner. Behind him came Zaid Ashkanani who took the flag in fourth place – the Kuwaiti driver’s best result so far this season.
Fifth place went to Briton Nick Yelloly, he and Michael Ammermüller treated spectators to an exciting duel but the German driver couldn’t find a way pastYelloly who is his closest rival in the championship battle. Behind them, seventh place went to Christopher Zöchling, with Dutchman Larry ten Voorde crossing the finish line in eighth spot as the highest placed rookie.
The championship battle is hotting-up, Ammermüller continues to lead with 91 points, but Yelloly is closing the gap. After Hungary just three points separate the two drivers – 19-year-old Andlauer sits third with 65 points. The championship now heads into a four-week summer break. Round seven takes place at Spa-Francorchamps on 24th-26th August, where Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist will compete, the 26-year-old Swede will drive the official VIP 911 GT3 run at Silverstone by Top Gear’s Chris Harris.