Porsche Junior Matt Campbell finished an impressive, yet frustrating, fifth place for his debut on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit in just his second Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup event.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion qualified fifth on the notoriously hard-to-pass Côte d’Azur circuit and battled for fourth with Zaid Ashkanani, though he couldn’t get by the Kuwaiti driver by the chequered flag during the 16 lap race. “I attempted to keep up the pressure, but Zaid put in an immaculate drive. Considering it’s my first Monaco race, I’m happy with fifth place,” said the 22-year-old Campbell. “I had great speed again but I wasn’t able to capitalise on it. I’m happy though as I got the opportunity to race around Monaco; I can’t complain about that. It’s another amazing track to tick off the list.”
A dream came true for Michael Ammermüller: The German secured his first victory in Monte Carlo/Monaco on Sunday, and thus has claimed a hat trick in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. When he parked his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the royal box for the podium ceremony, he kissed the vehicle that carried him to victory. “I’m over the moon. My first victory in Monaco is something very special. I was nervous beforehand and would have preferred to have driven the race immediately after Friday’s qualifying session. But ultimately everything went well,” said Ammermüller. Monaco rookie Daniel Cammish finished second ahead of Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen.
After three races, Ammermüller leads the overall classification of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with 60 points, with Olsen (52), Cammish (48) and Campbell (40) ranking second, third and fourth.
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup celebrated a very special anniversary in Monaco: For the last 25 years, the one-make race series has been contested in Monaco as support to Formula 1. This year, an average of around 30 drivers from 19 countries take up the challenge. Next up on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar is the Spielberg race in Austria, with the international makes cup setting up its tents in the paddock of the Red Bull Ring from 7-9 July.
Race result – Monte Carlo
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
2. Daniel Cammish (GB/Lechner MSG Racing Team)
3. Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team)
4. Zaid Ashkanani (KWT/MRS GT-Racing)
5. Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech)
1. Michael Ammermüller – 60
2. Dennis Olsen – 52
3. Daniel Cammish – 48
4. Matt Campbell – 40