A new season has begun this past weekend for the Porsche Supercup, and already traditional Barcelona has been the opener for the championship. With a healthy platoon and worthwhile drivers, they are all set for another spectacular season in the one-make co-nomination that has been accompanying Formula 1 for years and years.
Starting from pole position for the first time this year, Porsche junior Julien Andlauer racing with the BWT Lechner Racing Team, being the teammate for double champion Michael Ammermuller. From second place on the grid, another promising young man, from Turkey, Ayhancan Guven, would be surprising, while the reigning champion Michael Ammermuller started from the third position.
The start was a clean one with the two youngsters in the front line dueling for the first position, Andlauer manages to stay first despite the repeated passing attempts by the Turkish driver (Guven). In the back, the fight for the last place on the podium was fought between Ammermuller, Mikkel Pedersen, Tio Ellinas and Porsche Supercup veteran Jaap van Lagen.
We also had a safety car situation in this race after Clement Mateu from Martnet by ALMERS had a excursion into the decor. The car was recovered as soon as possible, returning to the green flag again. In front, Andlauer had a trouble-free restart even managing to distance himself as Ammermuller began pushing Ayhancan Guven for second place.
And for the fourth place there were fierce battles between Pedersen, Ellinas and Jaap van Lagen. Mikkel Pedersen lost two places in one go from fourth to sixth, where he finished the race while Tio Ellinas advances into fourth place with the Dutch veteran van Lagen finishing between the two.
Despite Ammermuller’s championship efforts, he failed to move on to both of them and got the last place on the podium. Even so, it was a perfect seasonal debut for Lechner Racing, Julien Andlauer arriving first over the finish-line and setting him and his team up as the first leaders of this season.
- We also had incidents in the platoon, we had fights on all fronts and overall this was a successful race and a promising start for the 2019 season. We will meet the Porsche Supercup again in two weeks time with the occasion of the famous Monte Carlo GP. Not a very spectacular circuit for this type of racing but enveloped in elegance and prestige.
- Source: GP24 Author, Cosmin Milcu
- Photocredit: Porsche Motorsport