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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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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Austin 2016


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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: Barcelona, Spain preview

Six-and-a-half months after Philipp Eng was crowned as last year’s champion, the 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season is finally here. However, having been signed as a BMW works driver during the winter, the Austrian racer won’t be on the grid to defend his title this year.

With the total number of Supercup titles accumulated between all the drivers on the grid at the Circuit de Catalunya season opener in Barcelona totalling zero, we’re guaranteed a new champion in 2016.

The Lechner MSG Racing Team is fielding two of the undoubted favourites for this years title, with German duo, Michael Ammermüller and Sven Müller teaming up in Walter Lechner’s famous squad.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2016

Ammermüller has finished third in the last three Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championships and will no doubt be a strong contender at the first race of the season in Spain this weekend.

Last season, the 30-year-old driver dominated the opening round, romping home to a seven-second victory around the Circuit de Catalunya having started from pole position.

Lechner teammate, Müller is perhaps the overwhelming favourite for the Supercup crown this year though. The Porsche Junior – in his third season under Weissach’s wing – was a revelation in the tail part of 2015, winning four of the final six Supercup races to finish second in the final standings.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monza 2015

The young German star has started 2016 in similarly imperious fashion too, dominating the opening rounds of the Carrera Cup Deutschland at Oschersleben before adding to his two victories with another triumph Hockenheim last weekend.

Christian Englehart – driving in 2016 for MRS GT-Racing – may well be the closest challenger to his fellow Germans. His consistency currently sees him sit second in the German Carrera Cup and he finished fourth overall in the Supercup last year.

2016 is unlikely to be an all-German affair however. Sven Müller’s fellow Porsche Junior, Matteo Cairoli – back for his second Supercup campaign – won at Monza in his debut season last year and, in the opening round of the Carrera Cup France in April was lapping faster than the winning Supercup pace at Barcelona.

Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme, Lausitzring

The Italian though was bested in that opening Carrera Cup France encounter this year by Frenchman, Mathieu Jaminet. The 21-year-old joins Cairoli and Müller on Porsche Junior’s books this season and is likely to prove quick.

Finally, Total 911 columnist (and new FIA WEC racer), Ben Barker will return to the series for a fourth Supercup season. Racing again for MOMO-Megatron, the Brit will hope to emulate 2014 this weekend when he started the year with a podium at the Spanish circuit.

The sole 45-minute practice session takes place this afternoon at 3:45pm local time before qualifying gets underway tomorrow at 11:25am. The opening race of the year gets underway at 10:35am on Sunday morning.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Silverstone 2015


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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race report: Spa, Belgium

Sven Müller and Philipp Eng took a victory each as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held its first double-header event of the year at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

After the cancellation of the German Grand Prix, Porsche decided to make the final three rounds of the 2015 championship (starting with Spa) into double-headers, giving the Supercup drivers two bites at the proverbial cherry at each meeting.

The grid for races one and two would be set by the fastest and second-fastest times in qualifying respectively, with Michael Ammermüller heading championship leader, Philipp Eng and Christian Engelhart on the grid for the first encounter.

Sven Müller (D)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Sven Müller (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Müller became the first Supercup driver in 2015 to win two races with his victory in the first encounter.

Ammermüller continued to lead the way on Saturday evening when race one got underway however, after losing power coming up to Stavelot on lap three, the German inexplicably drifted off track on the run to Blanchemont, hitting the barriers on the outside before barrel rolling once.

Unsurprisingly, a safety car was called to clear up the wreckage and, when racing resumed, it was Eng who led the way from Sven Müller, with the Porsche Junior putting the championship leader under immense pressure after leapfrogging Engelhart at the start.

Müller’s efforts paid off on lap seven when a mistake by Eng allowed the German to sneak into the lead. The Team Lechner Racing driver had the pace to pull away too, eventually taking the win by 2.8 seconds.

Engelhart held onto second in the title race with another solid weekend (including a podium in race two). He is now 20 points behind Eng though.

Behind, Eng was forced to fend off the attentions of Christopher Zöchling who had worked his way onto the podium at the expense of title challenger, Engelhart.

The German racer faded during the 14-lap encounter, eventually dropping to fifth behind Frenchman, Côme Ledogar (the Martinet by Alméras driver competing in what was effectively his home race).

Total 911 columnist, Ben Barker took sixth after charging through from eighth although it was nearly one step better for the Briton after a barn-storming side-by-side battle through Eau Rouge and Raidillon with Engelhart.

With 33 cars taking to the grid at Spa, there was plenty of action across the two races at one of Europe's most challenging circuits.

For race two, Eng would start from pole, alongside his nemesis from the first encounter, Müller. Engelhart would again start third ahead of Ammermüller (whose Lechner Racing team put in a monumental all-night effort to rebuild his car).

Müller went immediately on the attack until a safety car on lap one (to recover the stranded car of multiple WRC champion and guest driver, Sebastian Loeb) neutralised the field.

At the restart, Eng controlled the race but his Porsche Junior rival was never far away. ““I tried absolutely everything to overtake Philipp but I just couldn’t find a way around him,” explained Müller.

Eng controlled race two from start to finish, although he came under intense pressure from Porsche Junior, Müller.

Just over a second back from the battling lead duo, Engelhart got one back on Zöchling to take third position by just 0.3 seconds, while Jeffrey Schmidt put in his best drive since Austria last year to take fifth.

Ammermüller had to settle for sixth while Barker made up six places to move from 14th on the grid to eighth by the time the checkered flag fell after nearly half an hour of intense Supercup action.

The next Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup double-header sees Porsche’s premier racing circus head to Monza, the fastest circuit on the calendar, to support the Italian Grand Prix on 4-6 September.

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Michael Ammermüller (D)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Lechner Racing (assisted by Land Motorsport) did a sterling job to get race one poleman, Michael Ammermüller out in race two.


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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race report: Hungaroring, Hungary

Sven Müller romped to his first win of the 2015 season with a lights-to-flag victory at the Hungaroring near Budapest, round five of this year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The German Porsche Junior set a blistering pace in Saturday’s qualifying session to pip countrymen Christian Engelhart and Michael Ammermüller to pole by 0.195 and 0.219 seconds respectively.

At the start, Müller – who took his first Supercup win last year at Monza – shot away from the grid into a lead he would never surrender, continuing his formidable speed as he set fastest lap on the way to a six-second victory.


Behind, Frenchman Côme Ledogar jumped from fourth to second on the run down to turn one on the first lap and, despite coming under intense pressure from championship challenger, Engelhart, the 2014 Carrera Cup France champion held on to secure his best Supercup result so far.

Ammermüller was not so strong in Sunday’s 14-lap race, dropping down the order with a handling imbalance, eventually finishing seventh to drop further behind points leader, Philipp Eng who started and finished in sixth place.

Up the road, Kuba Giermaziak’s difficult 2015 campaign was brightened with fourth place, the Pole’s best result since finishing second at the season-opening Barcelona encounter.

German racer, Engelhart now sits just ten points behind championship leader, Philipp Eng.

The 2015 Supercup runner-up had struggled since, finishing outside the top ten at the previous two races however, on a track that he always runs well at, Giermaziak came through from fifth, narrowly missing out on a podium place.

He was pushed all the way by Alex Riberas, the Spaniard capitalising on Ammermüller’s struggles to move from seventh to fifth during the race, overtaking title rival, Eng to claw back more vital points with just four races of the season left.

After fourth place at his home race last time out, the twisting 2.72-mile Hungaroring proved a tougher test for MOMO-Megatron driver (and Total 911 columnist) Ben Barker. The Briton qualified and finished eighth, dropping behind Ledogar in the championship table.

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Despite dropping to third in the points table, Alex Riberas also closed the gap to Eng with a fifth place in Hungary.


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