Kuba Giermaziak of the VERVA Lechner Racing Team has always seemed to have somewhat of an understanding with the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest. He has visited the venue five times with the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and taken four podiums, including his first ever series win at the venue in 2011.
Thus it came as little surprise when the Polish pilot put on an extremely controlled display last weekend, dominating from qualifying on pole position and then leading the race from lights out to flag fall to win the sixth race of the 2014 Supercup.
“This is a really great victory,” he exclaimed, adding “Hungary always feels like a home race to me.”
In what was, it must be said, a somewhat quieter encounter than the past three Supercup rounds in Austria, Britain and Germany, the only move made amongst the top three qualifiers came at the very start of the race. Fresh from victory at Hockenheim only one week previously, Nicki Thiim (Walter Lechner Racing Team) out accelerated Porsche International Cup Scholarship driver Earl Bamber (Fach Auto Tech) from the start and grabbed second position. This order would be maintained to the end, with little in the way of actual passing attempts and more in the way of speculative jinking and lunging.
Fourth position was occupied by Porsche Junior Alex Riberas (McGregor powered by Attempto Racing), who appeared to have shaken off a habit of walking under a ladder prior to the start of a Supercup race. It was not an easily won position, Thiim’s teammate Michael Ammermüller hounding the Spaniard to the flag.
Riberas explained, “After four laps (of fourteen) I experienced problems with the tyres and had to fight hard to the end.”
Another Porsche Junior, Konrad Motorsport’s Klaus Bachler, stalked Ammermüller to the chequered flag. Bachler was pleased with the result, commenting “I took off into the race from eighth and finished sixth and that has earned me more championship points.”
One member of Porsche’s Junior scheme did not to finish inside the top ten and one would not finish the race at all. American Connor de Phillippi (FӦRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport) qualified a lowly eighteenth after his best time from the session was disallowed. A spirited drive did allow him to climb to thirteenth and three vital championship points. Sven Müller (Team Project 1) became the victim of several incidents during the typically frenetic opening laps, the final of which on the third tour put him out of the race.
The Supercup now enjoys its’ annual summer break, before returning the iconic Spa Francorchamps venue in the Ardennes of Belgium on the penultimate weekend of August. Giermaziak’s victory has extended his championship lead to nine points over Bamber, whilst Ammermüller sits a further twenty three back.
Giermaziak’s British teammate Ben Barker finished eighth in Hungary and remains narrowly in the title battle, fourth and thirty nine points back from the series leading Pole. With three rounds and four races left, it is still as close as you like.