Kuba Giermaziak stormed to a lights to flag victory on Sunday in the principality of Monaco but it is Team Project 1 driver Philipp Eng who now leads the 2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship standings after following the VERVA Lechner Racing Team pilot home in second position.
“I was feeling so stressed before the race because I so wanted this victory for me and my team,” commented the ecstatic twenty-three year old Polish driver and race winner. His victory was as simple as one can be in Monaco, bearing in mind the close proximity of the barriers on the tight, twisty and iconic layout; Giermaziak simply using the track position he gained from qualifying fastest to defend from any attackers.
The first of those attackers was the new series leader, Philipp Eng. For the Austrian, two runners up positions in the first two races of the season were more than sufficient to leap frog him to the top of the table. At points he had looked like the quicker of the two leaders but was unable to find a single chink in Giermaziak’s armour. “Monaco is the most emotional of all the circuits I have competed on, every metre here is something very special,” he added.
Following home in third and fourth were Michael Ammermüller (Lechner Racing Team) and the American Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (FӦRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport), the latter commenting “I managed to score vital points at my first ever Monaco race and fourth is a fantastic result.”
Britain’s Ben Barker (VERVA Lechner Racing Team) could not quite replicate his stunning podium from Barcelona but a fifth position on the demanding streets of Monte Carlo is a more than commendable result.
Of the other Porsche Junior entries, Sven Müller (Team Project 1) described his sixth place as “Simply superb,” whilst Klaus Bachler (Konrad Motorsport) finished tenth but with the accolade of fastest lap. He was overtaken on the first lap by International Cup Scholarship driver and Barcelona winner Earl Bamber (Fach Auto Tech), the New Zealander unable to demonstrate quite the same pace as he showed at round one.
The remaining Porsche Junior, Spaniard Alex Riberas (McGregor powered by Attempto Racing), started the race on Sunday in twenty sixth position after an accident which put him out of qualifying on Saturday. He would climb to twentieth position and added “My options were somewhat limited so far back but I am sitting ninth in the championship and that makes me feel positive.”
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup now heads to Austria and the Spielberg circuit, joining the FIA Formula One World Championship in returning to the iconic venue after over a decade away. Eng holds sway at the top of the table, with thirty six points he is eight ahead of Monaco winner Giermaziak and Brit Barker, who are tied for second position with Bamber only a single point further back. With such a competitive field of talent, who gets a handle on the circuit in the Austrian hills fastest, could prove decisive.