It was the first victory of the season for Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with the German winning Sunday’s race on the Circuit de Monaco.
“The race in Monte Carlo has always been the highlight of the season for me. That’s why I’m particularly thrilled with this win. I was consistently fast over the full distance, but starting from pole position on this narrow track was the key advantage of course,” said Ammermüller.
Behind his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport) and Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) crossed the finish line in second and third place.
Ammermüller defended his starting position from Pedersen, who had also taken up the race from the front grid row. The Dane refused to give up and continued to look for ways to get past the German on the narrow street circuit.
A safety car phase in lap twelve added even more drama to the race, with the field bunching together. At the restart, Ammermüller used his expertise to fend off Pedersen in the hairpin corner to ultimately clinch the second victory of his career on the circuit at the Côte d’Azur.
Pedersen said, “This is my favourite circuit on the Supercup calendar. Right from the start, I put pressure on Michael, but he used his experience to keep me at bay. I’m incredibly proud of second place. Being on the podium felt fantastic.”
This was the first podium finish for the 22-year-old in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He received his trophy from the Hollywood actor and Porsche ambassador Patrick Dempsey.
Larry ten Voorde finished in third place. “This was a great result for the entire team. I got away well at the start, but I simply didn’t find room to overtake. I tried again shortly before the flag, but the risk was just too great,” said the MRS driver.
Thanks to his victory, Ammermüller has now moved to the top of the points table with 36 points. Güven now trails the 33-year-old by six points. Andlauer ranks third with 29 points.
Round three of the international one-make race series will be held on the Red Bull Ring in Austria from 28th to the 30th of June.
Monte Carlo, Race 2 of 10
- Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
- Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport)
- Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
- Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech)
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
- Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
- Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
- Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
- Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech)
- Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East)
Points standings after 2 of 10 races
- Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 36 points
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 30 points
- Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 29 points