Philipp Eng took his Team Project 1 Type 991 911 GT3 Cup machine to a dominant victory after a sublime start to round four of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, as representatives of the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain found themselves in ever increasing amounts of strife at Silverstone.
The Austrian’s start allowed him to romp away from The Heart of Racing by Lechner Spaniard Alex Riberas and although towards the latter stages of the race the practice topper closed to within mere tenths of the leader, he was unable to challenge a controlled and calm Eng. Michael Ammermüller was fairly anonymous in his Lechner Racing Middle East car but a podium for the first time since his round one victory at the Circuit de Catalunya was much welcomed.
Ben Barker moved up one spot from his grid position, bringing the MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX entry home a superb fourth. His teammate Cameron Twynham did well to finish nineteenth in a packed and prestigious field.
The nine entries from Carrera Cup GB had been whittled down by two before the start as Karl Leonard withdrew his Team Parker Racing machine and Jack Falla’s Redline Racing car was pulled after the driver was deemed too ill to race following his Croft accident a week ago.
The remaining drivers produced some tremendous racing, notable sadly for the carnage that most attempted manoeuvres caused. First Josh Webster assaulted Dan Cammish’s Redline Racing machine, with the Team Parker man ending up in a smokey spin.
Then Cammish decided he fancied some controversy, overtaking Tom Sharp’s IDL Racing machine by utilising the run off area at Club. The current championship leader was allowed to keep his eventual ninth place finish, although this may have had more to do with how Sharp’s impressive race further fell apart.
Jake Hill was running really well for In2Racing before being shoved off the road at Luffield by Fach Auto Tech’s Philipp Frommenwiler. The two were facing backwards and Sharp made a hasty exit towards the grass and a harmless if race ruining spin, he finally finished twentieth.
Yet it still was not over, as Webster decided to launch a literal attack on Ryan Cullen’s VERVA Lechner Racing Team car, this time escaping unscathed but with Cullen gravel bound. Webster finished seventeenth behind Hill and a stealthy Parker operated Stephen Jelley. Graeme Mundy for IN2Racing was the final Carrera Cup GB finisher just outside the top thirty with Cullen in twenty eighth.
The Supercup certainly thrilled for the right and wrong reasons on the 2015 British Grand Prix morning. Eng’s titled lead is growing race by race by race and Riberas, Ammermüller and MRS-GT Racing pilot Christian Engelhart who finished fifth at Silverstone sit fourteen, fifteen and sixteen points back respectively. One must come to the fore to prevent the Austrian running away with his first Supercup title as the series heads for the Hungaroring.