Defending Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion Rene Rast scored his third straight win with a lights-to-flag victory at Silverstone, enough to give him the standings lead.
At the start of the race Rast got away well, but the same could not be said for his Veltins Lechner Racing teammate Norbert Siedler, who started alongside him on the front row. The Austrian driver was slow away, which allowed Kevin Estre to move into second place, with Nick Tandy right behind.
Tandy would soon move into second place and chase after Rast. He closed up on the penultimate lap but ruined his chances by running wide at Abbey at the start of the final lap. This allowed Rast to hold onto win, although the lack of a checkered flag at the end of the 12th lap did initially cause confusion.
“That was a tough race,” said Rast afterwards. “I got away well at the start and was able to pull away a little, but then Nick got faster and faster.
“In the first lap I flat-spotted both front tyres, and I had to really fight with the car. Luckily I could hold on to my first place to the flag. It was a fantastic weekend for our team.”
Tandy said: “Obviously it would have been great to win my home race. But second place isn't bad. I caught up to Rene quicker than I thought after the start which just goes to show how great our car set-up was. But I was never in a position to really attack. In the last lap I tried again but went sideways a little off the circuit. And that was that. Now we'll try our luck on the Nurburgring.”
Siedler recovered from his poor start to complete the podium. “My start was miserable otherwise I could have perhaps put Rene under pressure. But I think I can be very happy with third place in Silverstone.”
Estre slipped to fourth, but that was still the Supercup rookie's best result in the series. He held onto the position under pressure from Christian Engelhardt and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
Verva Racing Team duo Stefan Rosina and Kuba Giermaziak finished in seventh and eighth, with the latter slipping back from his grid position of fifth.
Patrick Huisman took advantage of a fast start from 12th on the grid to finish in ninth, resisting pressure from Sean Edwards. The erstwhile points leader could not make any progress from his disappointing starting position of tenth.
James Sutton finished as the best of the guest runners from the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, in 11th place, two positions ahead of SAS International teammate Michael Meadows. Sam Tordoff and Benji Hetherington finished in 15th and 16th.
Keith Webster and Andrew Shelley tangled after the latter spun out of The Loop, eventually finishing in 23rd and 24th respectively. The remaining entry from the British series was Ahmad Al Harthy, who retired after completing one lap.
Rast's victory moves him into the points lead, 11 points ahead of Edwards with Tandy just two behind. The next round takes place in two weeks at the Nurburgring.
Race results – 12 laps:
|1||Rene Rast||Veltins Lechner Racing||25:38.805|
|2||Nick Tandy||Konrad Motorsport||0.681|
|3||Norbert Siedler||Veltins Lechner Racing||2.415|
|4||Kevin Estre||Hermes Attempto Racing||10.928|
|5||Christian Engelhart||Konrad Motorsport||11.607|
|6||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit||12.064|
|7||Stefan Rosina||Verva Racing Team||12.991|
|8||Kuba Giermaziak||Verva Racing Team||13.514|
|9||Patrick Huisman||Team Bleekemolen||15.768|
|10||Sean Edwards||Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit||15.855|
|11||James Sutton||SAS International||16.941|
|12||Matt Halliday||Sanitec Aquiles MRS Team||21.273|
|13||Michael Meadows||SAS International||23.994|
|14||Sebastiaan Bleekemolen||Team Bleekemolen||26.188|
|15||Sam Tordoff||Schnabl Engineering||31.494|
|16||Benji Hetherington||Porsche Cars Great Britain||33.178|
|17||Alessandro Zampedri||Team Bleekemolen||37.046|
|18||Mathias Lauda||Konrad Motorsport Austria||37.245|
|19||Robert Lukas||Hermes Attempto Racing||37.684|
|20||William Langhorne||Sanitec Aquiles MRS Team||38.328|
|21||Andreas Mayerl||Konrad Motorsport Austria||43.117|
|22||Khaled Al Qubaisi||Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit||1:01.538|
|23||Keith Webster||Schnabl Engineering||1:16.070|
|24||Andrew Shelley||Porsche Cars Great Britain||1:21.809|
|25||Yucel Ozbek||Sanitec Aquiles MRS Team||+ 1 lap|
|Ret||A. Al Harthy||Porsche Cars Great Britain||1 lap|
Drivers' standings after 5 of 9 races:
1. Rene Rast, 85 points
2. Sean Edwards, 74
3. Nick Tandy, 72
4. Norbert Siedler, 69
5. Jeroen Bleekemolen, 58
6. Christian Engelhart, 53