Sven Müller and Team Project 1 finally achieved perfection at Monza and it allowed the young German to score an absolutely stunning victory following the eighth race of the 2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
As if any further validation was needed of Porsche’s Junior driver scheme, which has been a huge asset to the Supercup entry this season, Klaus Bachler followed Müller home in second position for Konrad Motorsport and the International Cup Scholarship winner Earl Bamber, brought home Fach Auto Tech a podium position and the Rookie Championship.
“This is absolutely amazing! I whooped for joy when I saw the finish line. It was my greatest goal to win here,” said the ecstatic victor and it is not hard to understand those sentiments.
As the field of Porsche Type 991 GT3 Cup cars lined up on the fabled tarmac and the sun shimmered slowly across the start line, it was not difficult to understand why Monza is so revered in the motor racing paddocks of the world.
What was harder to understand is how the entirety of said field managed to file through the tight first chicane without major mishap. With a good start Müller was away and wasn’t seen again until the chequered flag fluttered.
Behind for a time, things were somewhat harder to follow. Erstwhile points leader Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Lechner Racing Team) was overtaken by both Bamber and Bachler during the dicing of the first lap. Bachler waited but another lap to steal second off of New Zealander Bamber and from there on in, positions were maintained until flag fall.
Local interest was provided by Antonelli Motorsport who fielded eighteen year-old Italian Matteo Cairoli. The youngster is the current leader of his national Carrera Cup and did a superb job to finish tenth, outranking several prominent figures. Those included perhaps the two major disappointments of the weekend, FӦRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport American Connor de Phillippi and McGregor powered by Attempto Racing’s resident Spaniard Alex Riberas. The pair crossed the line as the final Porsche Junior men in thirteenth and fourteenth and the pressure will be on to validate their positions among some of the finest GT talent Porsche is currently supporting at the final meeting.
And so, attention now moves ahead to November, to Austin and to the Circuit of the Americas. For the first time since 2006, the Supercup heads to the USA. Not only is there the unique addition of a new circuit but also the fact that two full length and full points races will take place. The championship fight is set to go down to the wire. Bamber leads Giermaziak by a tiny five points (123 plays 118) and Bachler remains a very outside bet, sitting a further thirty four points back (84). A maximum of forty points remain available. That would require Bachler to take full points and Bamber and Giermaziak not to score. Realistically that will not happen. So it will come down to a straight duel. The rookie versus the experienced hand. Perhaps exuberance against a more measured calm? Either way, it is going to be an absolute thriller.