Ayhancan Güven celebrates his first Supercup win
Huge celebrations for Ayhancan Güven (martinet by ALMÉRAS): The Turk won round four of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Silverstone Circuit on Sunday. This marks the rookie’s first victory in the international one-make cup. “Pole position on Saturday, victory on Sunday – I’m over the moon. After the start I managed to eke out a small advantage, which meant I didn’t have to risk too much when drizzle set in towards the end,” said Güven. Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (BWT Lechner Racing) reached the flag in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in second place ahead of his French compatriot Florian Latorre (Fach Auto Tech).
The race on the storied British circuit with its legendary corners Maggots, Beckets and Chapel was distinguished by many overtaking manoeuvres. In temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius, Güven led the field over the entire distance. After Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (2017) and Latorre (2018), Güven is the third driver in a row to score his maiden Supercup win at Silverstone. Plenty of battles for positions played out behind the Turkish youngster – with Porsche Junior Andlauer overtaking four rivals to the delight of fans in the packed Formula 1 grandstands. Taking up the race from sixth on the grid, the 20-year-old worked his way up the ranks to third place. In lap nine, Andlauer slipped past Latorre to take second. “My starting position wasn’t ideal, but the vehicle was set up perfectly for this racetrack. Now I’m leading the championship – a perfect end to the weekend,” said Andlauer.
Latorre celebrated with champagne on the podium for the first time this season. “I finished in the top three here last year. This result makes me confident for the next races – I hope I’ll climb the podium more often this season,” said Latorre. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) occupied position four. Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (Fach Auto Tech) experienced a turbulent race. The New Zealand made a cracking start from third place, which propelled him right behind Güven. However, Evans came under increasing pressure and within four laps the 22-year-old was overtaken by Andlauer, Latorre and then ten Voorde. “After such a good start, fifth place is, of course, disappointing. I really wanted to finish on the podium, but unfortunately I made a few mistakes. Still, I’ll learn from them and hopefully demonstrate this at the next race,” stated Evans.
Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) concluded the race as sixth ahead of Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport). Guest driver Daniel Harper (GB/JTR) planted his Porsche in eighth place as the best British driver. For George Gamble (JTR), Josh Webster (Team Project 1 – Fach), Sebastian Perez (JTR), John Ferguson (MRS Cup-Racing) and VIP-driver Chris Hoy, this was a home race on the 5.891-kilometre-long racetrack.
The VIP vehicle fielded by Porsche AG this weekend gave its season debut decked out in a new livery. At the wheel, Scottish cycling ace Chris Hoy finished on 28th. “I managed to overtake several cars after the start. When it started to rain in the last laps, I eased off a bit and couldn’t defend my position. Of course in front of so many fans, I wanted to bring the car home unscathed – and that’s what I did,” said the six-time Olympic gold medallist in track cycling. Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS) secured his fourth win so far this season in the ProAm class, with the Norwegian beating Stephen Grove (AUS/Team Australia) and Philipp Sager (A/Dinamic Motorsport).
After the Silverstone race, Andlauer now leads the championship. The young race driver from Lyon ranks first with 67 points ahead of Ammermüller and Güven. In the rookie classification, Güven occupies position one. Lindland is the best driver in the ProAm class.
Round five of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be contested on 26-28 July as support to the Formula 1 race at Hockenheim. In the history of the international one-make cup, nine German drivers have won their home race in the forested Hardtwald region in south-west Germany. As the only German contesting the entire season, Ammermüller is still waiting for a Supercup victory in front of home crowds.
Silverstone, Race 4 of 10
1. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
2. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing)
3. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech)
4. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing)
5. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech)
6. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
7. Mikkel Pedersen (DK/Dinamic Motorsport)
8. Daniel Harper (GB/JTR)
9. Joey Mawson (AUS/Team Australia)
10. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS)
Points standings after 4 of 10 races
1. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 67 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 64 points
3. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 50 points