Sean Edwards took a comfortable victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at Barcelona. Starting from pole position, the Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit driver made a good start and took an unchallenged victory.
Behind him Kuba Giermaziak (Verva Racing Team) made a strong start to move into second place from third on the grid, passing Konrad Motorsport driver Nick Tandy. Tandy would slip to fourth behind Supercup rookie Kevin Estre of Hermes Attempto Racing. However, Tandy would soon take the position back from the Frenchman before taking second back from Giermaziak.
The result moved British drivers Edwards and Tandy to the joint lead of the drivers' standings after two races. Edwards will hope for another strong result next weekend at Monaco as a resident of the principality.
“A fabulous race,” said Edwards after winning. “My start was great and I was able to build up a comfortable lead in the first laps. Now I'm looking forward to my home race in Monaco and hope we can do as well there too.”
Tandy was pleased for his compatriot as well as his result. “Congratulations to Sean on his first win this season. And thank you to my team. We matched the pace of the front-runners and I'm thrilled about that. Last year we didn't do so well on this track, this time we were right up there. This makes me very optimistic for the rest of the season.”
Giermaziak's podium result was his first in the series. “What a great race,” said the Pole. “My start was good and I kept up with Sean in the first laps. But then it got tricky when Nick attacked from behind. I tried to hold him off but I didn't want to risk too much. We were determined to bring home a podium result. Even if I had ten Supercup wins under my belt, I still would have found it hard to relinquish my position.”
Estre finished fourth, ahead of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Stefan Rosina, Rene Rast and Norbert Siedler. Istanbul winner Christian Engelhardt could only manage ninth place and lost his points lead as a result, while Patrick Huisman rounded out the top ten.