Nick Yelloly dominated the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at the German Grand Prix to take victory and close the points gap to championship leader Michael Ammermüller.
Starting from pole position the British driver took an impressive lights-to-flag win as he cruised to his second victory of the season, moving him to within five points of Ammermüller’s championship lead.
“I got away well at the start and that laid the foundation for my win. To drive unchallenged at the front of the field might look easy, but you have to be totally concentrated over the entire distance. And I succeeded in that,” said Yelloly.
While it was straightforward at the front of the field, the battle for the remaining podium places was fierce as Mattia Drudi pushed Mikkel Pedersen for second place from the moment the lights turned green.
On the third lap Drudi made a move to secure position, where he would stay in place until the chequered flag came out.
“In the final laps my tyres deteriorated more and more, so I didn’t want to take too much of a risk. This is my second podium finish after Silverstone and that’s of course fantastic,” said Drudi.
Ammermüller started the race from fifth place and manage to make progress on lap seven as he passed Pedersen and then Porsche Junior Thomas Preining.
“That was a suspenseful race with tight gaps between the cars. I took a bit of a risk with the overtaking move and I was rewarded for it,” said Ammermüller.
Ammermüller’s team-mate Preining hung on for fourth place as he dueled with Pedersen,”I was fast today and I waited for Mikkel Pedersen to make a mistake. My patience paid off and I’m thrilled to have earned 14 points towards the championship,” said Preining.
Dylan Pereira took fifth place while Pedersen dropped to sixth. Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer managed to make up one poisiton in the race, and felt afterwards that maybe he could have done more to push for places, “There were a lot of fierce duels and perhaps I could have risked a little more for a better result, but I didn’t want to risk crashing and end up empty-handed”
Jaap van Lagen recovered from his five place grid penalty to take eighth place while the Pro-Am category was once again dominated by Roar Lindland.
As the series heads to Hungary this weekend, Michael Ammermüller leads the championship with eighty-one points, five points behind is Yelloly who will be hoping to make the most of the Hungaroring to close the gap further, while Pereira is currently third with fifty-eight points.