Yelloly secures Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup pole position at Hockenheimring

by Vince Pettit
Nick Yelloly - Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Hockenheim Qualifying

Nick Yelloly secured pole position at the Hockenheimring in a mixed condition qualifying session due to rain fall in the morning.

The start of the thirty minute session saw competitiors head out on to a damp circuit with wet tyres.

Porsche Junior Thomas Preining set the benchmark in the early stages before the track started to dry out as the clock counted down.

With five minutes to go there was a buzz of track action as times began to fall, Mikkel Pedersen looked to get the upper hand as he set the fastest lap but that wouldn’t stand long as Yelloly completed a time of 1:43.379 to secure pole position.

“It couldn’t have gone better for me.” said Yelloly. “I anticipated that the track would be better after the rain towards the end of the session. I managed to get a free run during my last lap and the strategy paid off”

Despite missing out on the top spot, Pedersen was delighted with his performance, “I’ve never actually raced at Hockenheim before, so quite honestly I didn’t expect this. I’m really happy and I’m feeling optimistic for the race,”

Mattia Drudi continued his strong form from Silverstone to take third place with a perfectly times lap, “That was a really crazy qualifying session.” said Drudi. “It was lucky that I crossed the finish line just before the end of the session and could attempt another hot lap.”

Preining finished the session in fourth and was left to wonder what could have been, “Basically I’m satisfied because I was fast today. I wish I’d had time for another fast lap because the conditions improved considerably towards the end.”

Home hero Michael Ammermüller lines up in fifth place ahead of Dylan PereiraJaap van Lagen recorded the seventh fastest time but will be relegated five places down the grid after an infraction at Silverstone.

Igor Walilko will start from seventh ahead of Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer, who believes he could have had a stronger grid position if it wasn’t for an error, “This was a difficult qualifying with changing conditions; we started on a wet track and towards the end it dried. I was on my fast lap shortly before the finish but I made a small error in the second sector” said the Frenchman.

Roar Lindland continues to dominate the Pro-Am category, finishing fastest in class.

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