Sven Müller does the Double in Italy

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015

RACE 8

On the Italian race track of Monza, Porsche Junior Sven Müller (Team Lechner Racing Middle East) clinched his third win of the season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. At the eighth of eleven races, the 23-year-old German took the flag ahead of Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1) and Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) on positions two and three respectively. “What a wonderful feeling! I won last year’s Monza race too and now I’ve notched up my third Supercup win this season here,” said a beaming Müller. A 39-strong fleet of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup lined up on the grid for Saturdays race – a record field in the 23-year history of the series.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
The sun was already low over the 3.6 mile high-speed “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza” circuit when the race got underway. Ammermüller took off from pole position but had to relinquish the lead spot to local hero Cairoli after just a few metres. Several collisions in the backfield during the first lap saw the safety car deployed. After the restart, Cairoli maintained his commanding lead until the tenth lap. Then came Müller. Running a flat wing, the German swept past Cairoli. “That was really a terrific race. It’s of course fantastic to climb the podium at my home race. I’m starting Sunday’s race from pole and I’m looking forward to that,” said Cairoli.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
Every lap of the race was packed with action. High-speed battles at over 168 miles per hour between Ammermüller and Müller, non-stop overtaking, and a closing-up of the gap in the overall standings. Trailing Müller, Cairoli and Ammermüller over the finish line was rookie Côme Ledogar (Martinet by Almeras) from France. Supercup specialist from Poland Robert Lukas (Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) scored fifth ahead of championship leader Philipp Eng (Market Leader Team by Project 1) from Austria. Spaniard Alex Riberas (The Heart of Racing by Lechner) earned himself all-important championship points for seventh place. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing, 82 points) finished eighth.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
In the overall classification, Eng still leads with 128 points with Engelhart in position two (106 points). Holding 92 points, Riberas can now feel his pursuer breathing down his neck: after clinching his third win, Müller has now moved into fourth place, and is tied for points with Ammermüller (90).

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
A troupe of ten Italian drivers flew the national colours at Monza. Cairoli, who lives just 25 minutes from the race track, contested the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia last year. As defending champion, he came up against this year’s leader of the Italian series, Riccardo Agostini (Antonelli Motorsport), who secured a commendable tenth place today as a guest driver. “With a 39-strong, we had the biggest grid lineup with drivers from 18 countries and incredible support from the Italian Carrera Cup. I’m pleased that the spectators got to witness plenty of race action,” concluded Uwe Brettel, General Manager Porsche Motorsport Sales.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
Results
Race 8 Monza
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East)
2. Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East)
4. Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras)
5. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport)
6. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
7. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
8. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)

Drivers points standings after 6 of 11 races
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 128 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 106
3. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 92

RACE 9

The second race on the Sunday made for an impeccable weekend for Porsche Junior Sven Müller; The 23-year-old from Germany won the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races on Saturday and Sunday.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015

At round nine on the Monza high-speed circuit in Italy, he beat a strong field of international rivals to cross the finish line ahead of Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1) and Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East). “You don’t get it better than this! I can hardly believe it myself that I’ve won four of the last five races. I feel very good in the car – it’s simply running fantastically,” beamed Müller. This result has shuffled the Lechner Racing Middle East pilot up the points’ table to now rank third overall. Philipp Eng (Market Leader Team by Project 1) still leads the series with 137 points. Behind him sit Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing, 120 points) and Müller (110 points).

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
When the German national anthem was played at the award ceremony at the “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza”, the German driver had an action-packed race behind him. Cairoli and Müller, who took off from the front row of the grid, made a cracking start to the race, with Müller winning the initial sprint and settling in at the front of the 18-nation field. He put in an immaculate drive over the 18 laps to build up a 4.9-second gap to the rest of the field.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
Cairoli successfully fended off his pursuers to take the flag in second place for the second time this weekend. “My aim, of course, was to win the race. But Sven was simply too strong this weekend. I’m pleased that I could climb the podium at my home race,” declared the 19-year-old youngster from Italy. Ammermüller crossed the finish line in third place and, with his earned points, he preserved his chance in the fight for overall honours at the end of the season. With 106 points, the Barcelona winner ranks fourth just four points behind Müller. Uwe Brettel, Head of Porsche Motorsport Sales, presented the trophies to the Supercup drivers.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
Alex Riberas (The Heart of Racing by Lechner) from Spain occupied fifth place in the race and now lies fifth in the championship with 104 points. Sixth and seventh position went to Austria’s Christopher Zöchling (Fach Auto Tech) and Eng. “I’m glad this weekend is over. We have to work on the car. I’m understandably not happy with sixth and seventh, but it’s not the end of the championship,” concluded Eng. Starting from 18th after a fluffed qualifying, Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/VERVA Lechner Racing Team) saw the flag in eleventh. “Today was all about damage control. Now I need to set my sights on my home race at the finale in Austin.”

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015
Austin/Texas hosts the next race weekend of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the 23rd to the 25th of October. 40 points are still up for grabs at the double-header season finale. The “Circuit of The Americas” is a home race for Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (VERVA Lechner Racing Team). Although the American comes from California, the 22-year-old is looking forward to racing in Texas: “It’s my first home race in three years. My family is coming to the track and that, of course, makes it something very special for me. I’m bringing my cowboy hat for good luck and I hope for top results.”

Result
Race 9 Monza
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East)
2. Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East)
4. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
5. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
6. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech)
7. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
8. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/ The Heart of Racing by Lechner)

Drivers Points’ standings after 9 of 11 races
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 137 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 120 points
3. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East), 110 points

*Results and points standings preliminary

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