Porsche Junior Sven Müller has won race six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on Saturday evening.
The German outpaced 32 rivals at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to bring home his second victory of the season after his recent win at Budapest four weeks ago. Second and third places went to Austrians Philipp Eng and Christopher Zöchling respectively. “This race series is incredibly competitive. From six races we’ve seen five different winners. I’m really pleased to be the first driver to notch up two wins this season,” said an ecstatic Müller.
On the 6.973-kilometre circuit, Michael Ammermüller took pole position at midday Saturday. But the first grid spot failed to bring the Bavarian luck. At first, the 29 year old held the lead after the start, but after lap three his Porsche lost pace and without warning hit the tyre barrier. “We have to see what was going on. Luckily I’m okay,” explained Ammermüller. Eng profited from the incident and inherited the lead. The safety car had to be deployed and once the race went green again the front runners stayed bunched together. Müller, who had started from fourth, sat behind Eng in position two and put him under pressure. The Porsche Junior made his move to overtake in lap seven, Eng missed the braking point and opened the door for Müller to get past. With this feat, the 23 year old drove to victory.
After six of eleven races, Eng continues to lead the championship with 98 points ahead of Christian Engelhart (82 points) and Alex Riberas (74 points). “Of course I would rather have won, but ultimately it’s the points that count. I take up race seven on Sunday from pole position and first someone has to be able to get past me,” said a determined Eng. Clinching third, Zöchling climbed the podium for the second time this season after his win at Spielberg, Austria.
Supercup rookie Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras) took the flag in fourth ahead of Porsche specialist Engelhart. Britain’s Ben Barker finished in sixth position. Seventh place went to Jeffrey Schmidt from Switzerland, with Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli claiming eighth. “I’m not particularly happy with this result. It simply didn’t work today and now I’m hoping for the next race on Sunday,” said a disappointed Cairoli. Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi crossed the finish line in 18th: “Someone hit me in the first lap and that’s frustrating. It wasn’t our day.”
Two famous wildcard drivers performed impressively at their Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup appearance. The nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb took up the race from 20th on the grid to finish 13th after spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. Actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey started from 30th position, at one point was running in 26th, and was ultimately took the flag in 29th out of a 33-strong field. “This race was huge fun and I enjoyed some great duels. Now I’m looking forward to the second race on Sunday,” said Dempsey.
Race 6 Spa
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East)
2. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech)
4. Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras)
5. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
Points standings after 6 of 11 races
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 98 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 82
3. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 74