Porsche Junior Andlauer posts pole position in Budapest
Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (BWT Lechner Racing) has achieved the perfect grid spot for round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: During Saturday’s qualifying, the Frenchman secured pole position for the race on the Hungaroring near Budapest. “I actually encountered traffic over the whole session, so it certainly wasn’t easy. Position one is a particularly great result here, because overtaking on this racetrack is pretty tricky,” said Andlauer. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) and Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) will take up the race from positions two and three in their 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers.
During the hunt for top times on the circuit north of Barcelona, Andlauer topped the time sheets right at the beginning, with the 20-year-old posting the first top time after six minutes. Shortly afterwards, seasoned racer Ammermüller claimed the top spot, with Andlauer reasserting himself on P1 four minutes before the end of the 30-minute session after switching to fresh tyres. The Porsche-Junior lapped the racetrack in a time of 1:47.847 minutes. Tio Ellinas (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) managed to undercut the pole-setting time, however the Cypriot turned his fastest lap under yellow in the third sector, thus his result was subsequently scratched. The qualifying had to be cancelled 55 seconds before the schedule end of the session as a vehicle had come to a standstill in the run-off zone of the last corner. Posting a time of 1:47.998 minutes, Ammermüller shares the front grid row with his teammate. “I was on course for pole when the yellow flag appeared and the race was stopped. That’s so annoying, because I definitely could have done better today,” said Ammermüller.
Ten Voorde rounds off the top three qualifiers, with the Dutchman completing his flying lap just 0.019 seconds slower than Ammermüller. The fourth grid spot went to Ellinas ahead of Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing). The positions behind them are occupied by Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East), Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS) and Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech).
Porsche-Junior Jaxon Evans (Fach Auto Tech) concluded the qualifying session on 15th. “I’d expected a very different result of course. On my second set of tyres I was considerably faster, but unfortunately the race was then red-flagged. The best chance to make up some places is at the start of the race on Sunday,” said the New Zealander. Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) achieved the top spot in the ProAm classification. The driver from Norway beat Stephen Grove (AUS/Team Australia) and Philipp Sager (A/Dinamic Motorsport).
Featuring many tight corners, the 4.381-kilometre-long Hungaroring offers very few chances to overtake. In the past two years, Ammermüller (2017) and the current Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (2018) won the race from pole position. Round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes off on Sunday at 12:40pm local time. Eurosport televises the race live in over 60 countries. Sky covers the international one-make cup in Great Britain and Italy, with Sport1 broadcasting in Germany. Fans can also watch the race live via the official Formula 1 streaming service (F1 TV).
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 1:47.847 minutes
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 1:47.998 minutes
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 1:48.017 minutes
4. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), 1:48.200 minutes
5. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), 1:48.234 minutes
6. Al Faisal Al Zubair (OM/Lechner Racing Middle East), 1:48.241 minutes
7. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 1:48.333 minutes
8. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech), 1:48.716 minutes
9. Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport), 1:48.747 minutes
10. Kantadhee Kusiri (T/Fach Auto Tech), 1:48.880 minutes