Mathieu Jaminet claimed his second victory of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, after a fantastic dice for the lead with Matteo Cairoli. However, a cautious drive for Sven Müller netted him eighth position and sufficient points so as to be crowned the 2016 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup champion.
Martinet by Almeras driver Jaminet was the form man in Austin, yet in the second encounter he had to fend off a determined Cairoli who was still smarting from the electrical issues which had robbed him of a victory (and likely championship lead) twenty-four hours previously.
Müller had qualified in fourth but much like Philipp Eng twelve-months previously, drove with extreme caution and slipped down the order, preferring to give up unnecessary points as opposed to fighting himself into a clash. After fourteen laps it was Jaminet who swept across the line to victory, Cairoli to the confirmation of defeat and Müller to the jubilation of his second Porsche title in the space of a week adding the Supercup to his to Deutschland title.
Jeffrey Schmidt rounded out the final rostrum of the season for Lechner Racing, who had claimed the teams crown the previous day. A stunning seven teams featured in the top ten on Sunday, with FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport and Robert Lukas (fourth), MRS-GT Racing and Christian Engelhart (sixth) and MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX with Dylan Pereira (ninth) reappearing for the second consecutive race along with the podium finishers. The locally-based Moorespeed team with Alec Udell became the additional team, Udell a very impressive seventh.
Seventh the previous day was MOMO driver Paul Rees, who on Sunday ironically only completed seven laps before being forced out of the race and recorded as last and twenty-seventh on the results sheet. He had qualified seventh.
Ryan Cullen ended his season in fourteenth for Lechner Racing, after an up and down sort of season for the former GP3 and Carrera Cup GB contender, although his Type 991 GT3 Cup was still feeling the after-effects of his horrendous accident at Monza in September. The word potential is written all over his performances and if he returns in 2017 then top tens must be the target. Ditto for Rees and additionally Pepe Massot who struggled to nineteenth in the finale having been fifteenth in qualifying.
So another fabulous season of Porsche Mobil1 Supercup racing comes to the end, and you would find it hard to find a more deserving champion than Sven Müller. Eight podiums across the ten races, and a mid-season run of success at the Red Bull Ring, Silverstone and the Hungaroring can be pinpointed as key to his eventual success. Whilst Cairoli has suffered some horrendous luck, and you can make a case for him being a deserving champion too, ultimately Müller won the crown rather than the Italian losing it. Add in Müller’s Deutschland success, and work as a factory driver somewhere in Porsche’s myriad motorsport activities must surely beckon.