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Campbell dominates Supercup finale in Mexico

Porsche Junior Matt Campbell dominated the final event of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season at Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez with back-to-back race victories, handing the Australian third in the series standings.

On Saturday, Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech) started second and grabbed his chance for the lead at the start, pulling clear to eke out a comfortable 4.2-second advantage. When the safety car was deployed on lap six, he lost his margin. The Australian, however, kept his cool and fended off his pursuers to retain his lead. Gripping fights for positions played out behind him, and even a second safety car phase couldn’t deter the 22-year-old from his path to victory.

Following victory in Saturday’s penultimate race of the season, pole-sitter Campbell made a cracking start to maintain his lead position, with Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team) and Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team) slotting in behind him. For the next eight laps it looked as if the Australian would easily convert his pole into victory, however Ammermüller had opted for a different tyre strategy and, at the midway mark, began to put Campbell under increased pressure. The frontrunner, however, kept his cool and brought home his second victory of the weekend after finishing first in Saturday’s race.

“It’s fantastic that I managed to achieve a double victory in Mexico. What a great end of the season for me and my team! I have to say that the competition was incredible at every race this year. For me as an Australian, every racetrack was new territory and I first had to gain experience. Third overall in the championship is absolutely fine,” said Campbell, who, with four Supercup race wins, scored the equal highest number of victories for the season.

Second place was enough to give the 31-year-old Ammermüller a seven-point advantage over Olsen to become the new champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. “Four wins, five second places and a third – thanks to these consistent performances I was finally able to win the Supercup. I’m very pleased about that and I’m grateful for the terrific support I received from my Lechner team,” said a beaming Ammermüller.

Olsen, narrowly missed out on the 2017 Supercup crown, rounded off the podium next to Campbell and Ammermüller. “I did my very best in today’s race, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to take the title. It’s my first year in the Supercup and prior to the season I hadn’t imagined that I might be fighting so closely for the championship,” explained Olsen, who concluded his season as runner-up, seven points behind the champion.

For Josh Webster (Fach Auto Tech) from Great Britain and Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Walter Lechner Racing Team) from Austria, the race concluded with positions four and five. “That was a nerve-racking race for me. I had lots of incredible duels and I kept losing places, but I managed to regain them. In the cool-down lap I looked at the grandstands packed with people. It’s truly impressive how much the Mexican people love their motor racing,” said Preining. Sixth place went to Zaid Ashkanani (MRS GT-Racing) from Kuwait, with Mattia Drudi (I/Dinamic Motorsport) taking the chequered flag in seventh. Robert Lukas (PL/Olimp Racing) secured eighth place. Thus, the top eight drivers came from eight different countries.

After eleven races run as support to the Formula 1 races, the championship titles have been awarded. Ammermüller is the 2017 champion with 193 points. The vice-championship went to Olsen with 186 points, who also took home the title as the best rookie. Campbell scored third overall with 151 points. In the B-classification for amateur drivers, Frenchman Roland Bervillé (Martinet by Almeras) won with 166 points over Egidio Perfetti (NL/MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax, 162 points) and Roar Lindland (MRS Cup-Racing, 152 points). The team championship was awarded to Lechner MSG Racing Team. In the Nations League, Germany came first (195 points) ahead of Norway (188) and Australia (159).

Mexico City, results race 10 of 11*
1. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
4. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
5. Julien Andlauer (F/Martinet by Almeras).
6. Thomas Preining (A/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
7. Josh Webster (GB/Fach Auto Tech)
8. Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen (DK/MRS GT-Racing)
9. Ryan Cullen (GB/Lechner Racing Middle East)
10. Philip Morin (S/MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax)

Mexico City, Results race 11 of 11*
1. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
4. Josh Webster (GB/Fach Auto Tech)
5. Thomas Preining (A/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
6. Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing)
7. Mattia Drudi (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
8. Robert Lukas (PL/Olimp Racing)
9. Ryan Cullen (GB/Lechner Racing Middle East)
10. Julien Andlauer (F/Martinet by Almeras)

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – final standings
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team) – 193 points
2. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team) – 186 points
3. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech) – 151 points
4. Dan Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team) – 122 points

Nations League – final standings
1. Germany – 195 points
2. Norway – 188 points
3. Australia – 159 points
4. Great Britain – 125 points

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