Porsche Junior Thomas Preining took his third win in a row as he forged to victory at Autodromo Nazionale Monza ahead of team-mate Michael Ammermüller and local hero Mattia Drudi.
Preining took full advantage of the inside line as he started from second place, overtaking pole-sitter Ammermüller in to the first corner in front of the cheering Tifosi.
Ammermuller latched on to the bumper of the Austrians’ car and on the sixth and seventh laps launched an attack on his BWT Lechner Racing team-mate, both times the 20-year-old defended valiantly.
As the laps counted down Preining managed to open the gap between himself and Ammermüller, finishing the race 1.731 seconds ahead of the German.
“My start was perfect. I managed to stay next to Ammermüller and took a bit of a risk with the late braking. At times our fight became heated, which makes me all the more pleased about my win,” said Preining after the race.
As Preining pulled away, Ammermüller came under pressure from third placed Mattia Drudi, crossing the line half a second in-front of the proud Italian.
“It’s special to start from pole position at Monza. You take up the race from the outside line and have to immediately cover the inside line.
“Later I managed to defend myself from Drudi and that cost me time. With an eye on the championship, second place is good, but I could have won today,” said Ammermüller.
Drudi drove a strong race, putting the reigning champion under pressure at times, taking the final podium spot as the chequered flag dropped, marking his fourth podium of the 2018 season.
“To race in front of Italian fans is a fantastic feeling. After I caught Ammermüller I made a minor error unfortunately. Ultimately I didn’t want to jeopardise my third place through to a risky manoeuvre,” said the 20-year-old.
British driver Nick Yelloly made up one place after the demise of Zaid Ashkanani to finish in fourth place, keeping his championship hopes alive.
Dylan Pereira managed to achieve the top speed of the field with an impressive 270kph on the start-finish straight on his way to fifth place.
Jaap van Lagen finished the day in sixth place, ahead of top rookie Florian Latorre. Julien Andlauer put on an impressive show after starting from thirtieth on the grid, working his way through the field up to eighth place.
“I knew it would be a marathon for me, so it was important to handle the tyres carefully. I think I got the most out of my starting position,” said the 19-year-old Porsche Junior. Alberto Cerqui and Richard Heistand rounded out the top ten.
Roar Lindland took another victory in the Pro-Am class, taking his 2018 tally to six wins ahead of Mark Radcliffe and Philipp Sager.
With two races remaining of the 2018 season, Ammermüller leads the way with 119 points, Nick Yelloly on 114 points and Thomas Preining with an outside chance on 105 points.
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monza – Race 8 of 10 Top 10 Result
- Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing)
- Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing)
- Mattia Drudi (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
- Nick Yelloly (GB/Fach Auto Tech)
- Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing)
- Jaap van Lagen (NL/Fach Auto Tech)
- Florian Latorre (F/martinet by ALMERAS)
- Julien Andlauer (F/martinet by ALMERAS)
- Alberto Cerqui (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
- Richard Heistand (USA/MRS GT-Racing)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship Top 3 after Race 8 of 10
- Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 119 points
- Nick Yelloly (GB/Fach Auto Tech), 114 points
- Thomas Preining (A/BWT Lechner Racing), 105 points