Campbell seventh as Olsen wins at Silverstone
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech) endured a frustrating Silverstone round of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, finishing seventh in his fifth race of the season, while it was a perfect weekend for fellow Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (Walter Lechner Racing Team) at Silverstone in Great Britain. The 21-year-old Norwegian not only secured the fastest time in qualifying but also notched up his first victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. At round five of the championship, Olsen crossed the finish line first on Sunday at the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with a two-second advantage. Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team) and Dylan Pereira (Lechner Racing Middle East) from Luxembourg finished in positions two and three respectively. “I’m so incredibly happy to have won a Supercup race for the first time. It’s definitely a very special day for my team boss Walter Lechner, because the first four places were locked out by four Lechner pilots,” said an ecstatic Olsen after the award ceremony.
When the race took off on Sunday in temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius, the youngster from the Norwegian town of Våler immediately put several metres between him and the other 32 pilots. In the race watched by large Formula 1 crowds, Olsen gradually increased the gap to his pursuers to ultimately bring home a commanding victory. Behind him a fight for positions raged: Pereira, who had taken up the race from the second grid spot, was overtaken in lap five by Ammermüller.
Pereira, who already achieved a podium result at Spielberg, took the flag in third place after 13 laps. “Michael Ammermüller is an experienced driver who immediately makes the most of any mistake and he overtook me. Still, I’m very happy to hold a trophy in my hands,” said Pereira. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team) from Great Britain narrowly missed out on a podium result with fourth place, but made the Lechner success perfect. Fifth place went to his compatriot Josh Webster (GB/Fach Auto Tech) ahead of Robert Lukas (Olimp Racing) from Poland.
Starting fifth on the grid, Campbell battled with his teammate Webster early in the race though dropped down the order to seventh by the finish. The 22-year-old Australian was disappointed: “That’s not the result I’d hoped for. We didn’t really have the pace today. I hope that we can follow up on my win from Spielberg at the next round in Budapest,” declared Campbell. Eighth place went to the Italian Mattia Drudi (Dinamic Motorsport). The best amateur driver was Egidio Perfetti (NL/Momo-Megatron Team Partrax), who secured the laurels ahead of Roar Lindland (N/MRS Cup-Racing) and Philipp Sager (A/MRS GT-Racing).
Seventh place at the British event dropped Campbell to fourth in the championship standings. Ammermüller leads with three wins and 96 points. Right behind him is Olsen with 84 points ahead of Cammish (70). In the Nations League, Germany ranks first ahead of Norway and Great Britain. In the rookie classification, Olsen is first, with Lindland at the top of the B classification.
Round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be contested on the Hungaroring not far from Budapest from 28 to 30 July.
Silverstone, results race 5 of 11
1. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
3. Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing Middle East)
4. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
5. Josh Webster (GB/Fach Auto Tech)
6. Robert Lukas (PL/Olimp Racing)
7. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
8. Mattia Drudi (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
9. Philip Morin (S/Martinet by Almeras)
10. Charlie Eastwood (GB/Porsche Cars GB)
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team), 96 points
2. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 84 points
3. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team), 70 points
4. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech), 69 points