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2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season review

From the opening race in Barcelona, the 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup was a season dominated by Weissach’s in-house talent. Between them, the three Porsche Juniors in the field – Sven Müller, Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet – won every single race, proving themselves a cut above the rest.

Despite this domination, the battles between the trio were often enthralling, with the momentum in the championship chase swinging between Müller and Cairoli throughout the year, the title only sealed in the final meeting at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Round one at the Circuit de Catalunya gave the chasing pack a taste of what to expect as Cairoli, Jaminet and Müller lined up one-two-three on the grid and promptly controlled a race blighted by safety car periods.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2016

Cairoli – driving for the FACH Auto Tech squad that helped Earl Bamber to the 2014 Supercup title – was never under much threat in Spain as Müller leapfrogged Jaminet off the line to snatch second from the Frenchman.

On the streets of Monaco, Cairoli continued his winning ways, the Italian putting in a commanding performance in wet conditions to see off Klaus Bachler and Michael Ammermüller, extending his early championship lead over Jaminet to an already impressive ten points, the Martinet by Alméras driver coming home fifth.

Despite a storming drive, Lechner Racing Team’s Müller could only finish 13th after a qualifying accident left the 24-year-old starting from the back of the grid. The German would bounce back spectacularly in round three at the Red Bull Ring however.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Budapest 2016

Starting on damp a track with slick tyres, Müller leapt from third to first on the run to turn one at the Austrian circuit, jumping ahead of poleman, Cairoli and Jaminet, taking a lead from the Frenchman he would never relinquish. After winning the opening two races, Cairoli could only finish fourth.

Müller doubled his 2016 wins tally next time out at Silverstone, again leading home Jaminet as Cairoli rounded off the podium in third but it was at the Hungaroring – round five – where the German took command of the championship battle.

While Jaminet caused an accident on the first lap (retiring as a result) and Cairoli could only manage seventh, Müller again made a lightning start to take the lead from Robert Lukas, disappearing into the lead to take his third consecutive victory and, with it, a four-point advantage over his Porsche Junior rivals.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2016

In Germany, tensions between the protagonists finally came to a head. Starting from pole, Müller’s prowess off the line escaped him, allowing Cairoli to nose ahead on the run to turn one.

However, the German wasn’t willing to relinquish the place, driving off the track around the outside of his 20-year-old challenger to retain first place. While Cairoli could not find a way back through on the track, the stewards deemed Müller had gained an unfair advantage, adding a second to his race time.

The move promoted Cairoli to first – his third victory of the season – while third place was taken by Jeffrey Schmidt in Lechner Racing Middle East’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. A grid penalty for Jaminet (a result of the Hungaroring accident) meant the Frenchman would finish eighth in round six.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2016

Heading to Belgium to tackle the fearsome Spa-Francorchamps, Müller’s lead was just two points but, while Cairoli could only finish fourth, second place in the Ardennes Forest meant the German left round seven with a six-point advantage in the standings.

It was Jaminet however, who stole the show around the infamous Belgian circuit. Shadowing poleman Müller in the opening stages, the Alméras racer made his move after a brief safety car period, snatching the lead to secure his maiden Porsche Supercup victory.

Next up was Monza, the final European round of the season and Cairoli’s home race. Buoyed on by his local support, the Italian put on a master class in round eight, taking pole position and leading every lap on his way to a fourth win of 2016 (one more than Müller’s tally).

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2016

Third place for Müller, behind Michael Ammermüller, left the German Porsche Junior with just a two-point advantage ahead of the double-header season finale at Circuit of the Americas. Cairoli was closing in and appeared to have the momentum.

This was confirmed in race one where Cairoli took the lead from poleman, Jaminet and appeared to be heading for the victory that would give him the championship lead with just one race left in the 2016 season.

For the Italian though, disaster then struck. A mechanical problem forced the FACH Auto Tech driver into retirement and, distraught, he could only watch as Müller drove a comfortable race to second place behind Jaminet.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Austin 2016

The result gave the German a 20-point lead ahead of the final race and, with 20 points for a win, Cairoli needed to take victory and hope that Müller didn’t score in order to take the title in Porsche’s premier one-make series.

As it was though, Jaminet proved too tough nut to crack in race two, leading home Cairoli after a tough battle while Müller drove sensibly to eighth place, securing his maiden Supercup championship crown.

After an inconsistent season, Scmidt took the final podium step of 2016 but it was Ammermüller who finished the season fourth in standings, albeit 17 points behind Jaminet as the Porsche Juniors proved their class.

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2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Hockenheimring, Germany report

Italian Porsche Junior, Matteo Cairoli inherited his third Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory of the season after fellow Porsche Junior (and home hero), Sven Müller was penalised for an illegal overtaking move on the first lap.

The in-house championship rivals’ battle began during qualifying at the Hockenheimring track, 50 miles north of Weissach. Lechner Racing’s Müller set his benchmark early in the session while Cairoli waited until the end to challenge.

However, the FACH Auto Tech driver’s final lap on new tyres was curtailed by a red flag with ended the session early, the Italian having to settle for second on the grid behind Müller (the latter heading into the German Supercup round with an 18-point lead after victory last time out in Hungary).

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

At the start, it was the Italian Porsche Junior who made the better start, diving up the inside of Müller at turn one. The German Porsche Junior though hadn’t given up, running off the track onto the tarmacked run-off before rejoining back in the lead.

Cairoli didn’t make the race easy for Müller, hounding the championship leader lap after lap and getting close to taking the lead after a late safety car period bunched up the field. However, his advances proved fruitless on the track as Müller took the chequered flag 0.4 seconds ahead.

The action wasn’t over though. Two hours after the chequered flag fell, the stewards deemed Muller’s opening lap move to have been performed illegally, handing the German a one-second penalty that promoted Cairoli to the top step.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer's second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer’s second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Behind the duelling duo, Jeffrey Schmidt (who stared at Hockenheim early in the year in the Carrera Cup Deutschland) equalled his third-place finish in Austria with another podium finish having forced his way passed Robert Lukas, the latter starting the race from third.

That grid slot would have been occupied by the third Porsche Junior in the field, Mathieu Jaminet if it hadn’t been for a ten-place penalty handed to the French Porsche ace for his role in the opening lap accident last time out at the Hungaroring.

Starting from 13th, Jaminet was aiming for eighth place after qualifying, an aim he achieved in the race with some clean overtaking moves. The result, however, has seen him drop from second to fourth in the points table, as Cairoli moves back into second, 16 points behind Müller.

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A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

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2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Monaco race report

Matteo Cairoli continued his stellar start to the 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, dominating proceedings around the streets of Monte Carlo to win the 250th race since Porsche’s premier one-make series was launched in 1993.

The Italian Porsche Junior, who was also the class of the field in round one at the Circuit de Catalunya, was imperious in qualifying around the streets of the world’s most famous principality, taking the vital pole position by 0.37 seconds ahead of guest driver, Klaus Bachler.

Third on the grid went to perennial championship hopeful, Michael Ammermüller with Total 911 columnist and MOMO-Megatron racer, Ben Barker fending off French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet by a scant 0.001 seconds for fourth.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2016

While conditions for Friday’s qualifying session couldn’t have been better, for Sunday morning’s race, the weather had closed in on the Mediterranean coast, soaking the 2.07-mile street track and requiring the race to be started behind the safety car.

When the 25-strong pack was eventually released on lap three, Cairoli immediately set about working away from Bachler, the FACH Auto Tech driver stretching his lead comfortably until a mid-race safety car period was required to clear the track of stricken cars.

As in Spain though, the mid-race interval didn’t disrupt the 19-year-old Italian’s rhythm, Cairoli once again building a buffer over Bachler when racing got underway with eight laps remaining.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2016

Even a late race downpour didn’t effect Cairoli who kept his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car out of the barriers despite rivers forming across the Monte Carlo tarmac in places, securing his second win of the 2016 season.

The same could not be said of Bachler though who, after the safety car, initially began to fall back in the battle between Ammermüller and Barker for third. The Austrian was able to escape too much pressure however, on lap 15 of 16, Bachler was caught out by the rain at the first corner, slamming into the barriers.

Bachler would have been out on the spot, handing the final spot to Barker (who had spent the whole race glued to Ammermüller’s rear wing, looking for a way through) however, with the red flags bringing the race to an early end, the results were taken from the previous lap.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2016

This left Ammermüller in third with Barker missing out on his second consecutive Monaco podium – the Brit finished third last year – by the smallest of margins.

Jaminet, racing for the Martinet by Almeras squad, finished fifth after a reasonably uneventful race close to home turf however, the star of the 250th Supercup race was undoubtedly German Porsche Junior, Sven Müller.

The title contender (second in Barcelona), crashed in qualifying and started at the back of the grid. Despite Monaco being notoriously difficult to overtake, Müller charged his way through from 25th to finish 13th, securing a few vital points.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2016

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