Good team performance at Silverstone - Lechner Racing team continues to lead team standings
With a clear light to flag victory Nicki Thiim claimed his first season victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. With an advantage of 0.580 seconds he won over Michael Ammermüller and Porsche Junior Michael Christensen on second and third position. Finishing third, Christensen was also the best rookie driver in the grid. Championship leader Sean Edwards had to settle at his home Grand Prix with fourth rank. However, the Briton still leads the driver standings with four points on the German Michael Ammermüller.
First Supercup season victory for Thiim
“That was a truly wonderful weekend. I wanted to win the race for Allan Simonsen and I’m happy that I have succeeded”, Nick Thiim is pleased. “Towards the end of the race I had to fight a little but luckily my advantage was big enough. Winning in Silverstone on this challenging circuit is something very special. I got goose bumps during the cool-down lap with the cheering crowds – they are all avid fans.” In sunshine and warm temperatures, Nicki Thiim took off from pole position and immediately settled in at the front of the field. After just a few laps he had built up such a comfortable lead that his second Supercup success after Spa in 2012 was no longer under threat.
Ammermüller and Christensen further podium finishers
Michael Christensen, who had started from the front row next to him, initially managed to defend his second place, but came under increasing pressure from Michael Ammermüller. The Lechner Racing pilot, who made up three places after a very strong start, waited patiently until lap seven when he finally nipped past the Porsche Junior. “I was a touch faster than Michael Christensen who was ahead of me and when he made a small mistake I overtook him on the inside”, reported the Bavarian. “Nicki Thiim was too far away at the head of the field to even think about going for him. This is a great result for me and it opens the chance for us in the fight for the championship.” After finishing third in Barcelona and Monaco, he is the only Supercup pilot who has climbed the podium at every round.
Michael Christensen enjoyed his first Supercup podium after the 13 Laps in Silverstone. “That was a good race. I’m pleased about the podium and the points. It’s great that I also drove the fastest race lap. The race didn’t go so smoothly at the halfway point so I had to let Michael Ammermüller pass me. Afterwards the car ran better again. We have the speed, that’s for sure, but there are still a few things that we need to work on for the race.”
Hard battling for the Top-10 positions
Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), who clinched second in Monaco, brought home fifth place ahead of last year’s vice champion Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) from France. Behind them two FACH AUTO TECH pilots delivered a spirited duel over the entire distance, with Martin Ragginger ultimately beating Christian Engelhart. The former Porsche Junior from Austria, who normally contests the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, finished his first Supercup race this season in seventh, with his teammate from Germany relegated to the eighth spot.
For Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler, a top ten placing in Silverstone proved to be out of reach. Taking up the race from only 17th position, the FÖRCH Racing driver from Austria managed to make up three positions in the highly competitive field, but was shuffled back to 21st after being handed a 25-second penalty for a collision with Sebastiaan Bleekemolen. For Jean-Karl Vernay (France) the third race weekend was not a lot better. Driving for MRS GT-Racing, the winner of the International Cup Scholarship who this year receives support from Porsche to contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, landed on 20th. A week ago at the Le Mans 24 Hours, he had celebrated one of the most momentous success of his career as winner of the GTE-Am class. –sn, Source: Porsche AG