Mathieu Jaminet has asserted himself as a firm front-runner in the 2016 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, taking pole-position ahead of Sunday’s round four of the season at Silverstone.
The Martinet by Almeras contender was by no means dominant, less than a tenth of a second separated him and Matteo Cairoli’s FACH Auto Tech car during the morning’s qualifying session. Cairoli was forced to overcome the deletion of his earliest attempts for the dreaded track-limits infringements and at one point appeared on course to start outside the top ten. The front-row therefore composed of the championship leader who is yet to win a race in his debut Supercup year, and the would be championship leader who has claimed two wins in his sophomore season but was set-back by an exclusion in Austria.
Row two is where Spielberg winner Sven Müller is to be found, heading his Lechner Racing teammate, the quick but erratic Jeffrey Schmidt. Müller is one to watch at the start of tomorrow’s race, his lightening start at the Red Bull Ring subsequently setting him up for a relatively unchallenged race victory.
Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth on the grid are the lead quartet of British entries. Josh Webster and Nick Yelloly heralding Team Project 1’s return to the series with impressive top six pace. No less impressive were the efforts of Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) and Tom Sharp (Team Parker/IDL Racing). The last named pair had a tremendous dice during the British GP support race in 2015, although neither ultimately achieved the results they perhaps should have. Time for round two.
Dino Zamparelli is the next of the British contingent in twelfth but ahead of his teammate for this weekend, and a prominent Supercup regular in Ben Barker. Barker’s struggles are difficult to comprehend and a better race performance is hopefully on the cards for the MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX front-runner. Zamparelli runs under the MOMO banner with support from his regular GT Marques squad.
In sixteenth is Charlie Eastwood, but a margin of only a second to pole-position is mightily impressive on the youngster’s international Porsche debut. His Redline teammate Lewis Plato was only one position further back and the same comment applies in equal measure, despite a few tenths margin between the pair.
Ryan Cullen is to be found languishing in nineteenth in another Lechner car, and after a top six seemed to herald his arrival to the front of the Supercup field, he will be disappointed to only just be inside the top twenty. The fourth Redline entry of Tom Oliphant is one position behind and progress will be difficult for the reigning Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion, who now must simply stay out of trouble.
Paul Rees’ Supercup learning curve gets no less steep and the MOMO driver is twenty-third, whilst Mark Radcliffe is to be found twenty-ninth in the Team Parker entry, the Pro-Am2 driver gaining experience this weekend.
Attention now turns to what should be a dry race day and the intriguing prospect of a scrap between the current four top men in the 2016 Supercup and the top four British Carrera Cup drivers. The race will be live on Eurosport 2 at 10:15am BST. Not only will the dynamic of the 2016 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season alter, there are personal scores to settle and drivers with individual points to prove. That alone should make this the star British GP support act.
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