Ammermüller secures Monaco pole position in chaotic Porsche Supercup qualifying

by Vince Pettit
Michael Ammermuller - 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Reigning champion Michael Ammermüller secured his first pole position of the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season as he set the fastest time around the streets of Monte-Carlo.

With a time of 1:34.963, the German took his BWT Lechner Racing car to the top of the timesheets, 0.110 seconds ahead of an impressive performance from Dinamic Motorsport‘s Mikkel Pedersen.

“Position one on the grid on this narrow street circuit is especially important in Monaco.” said Ammermüller.” Overtaking is notoriously difficult here.

Because there were so much traffic out on the track, I could only manage one flying lap. This makes me all the more thrilled with the result,”

It was a challenging qualifying session around the narrow streets of Monte-Carlo, (which sports car star Nick Tandy previously likened to driving a Porsche through an multi-storey car park) with a temperature of 18-degrees Celsius and a slightly damp track.

Despite the conditions all of the 28 drivers chose to start the 30-minute session on slick tyres, and as the track dried out the times started to tumble.

Halfway through the session it was the impressive rookie Ayhancan Güven who was leading the way before a frantic battle for pole position broke out in the closing stages.

Ammermüller claimed the fastest lap time with 5 minutes to go, Pedersen followed as posted the second fastest time, with Larry ten Voorde slotting in to third place.

“I think I could have managed even a little more, however the qualifying showed me that I’m fast. For this reason, I’m heading into the race feeling confident and I’d very much like to improve,” said Pedersen. 

Florian Latorre settled for fourth place ahead of Dylan Pereira and Güven, who was the best placed rookie driver.

Julien Andlauer - 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
Credit: Porsche

Championship leader Julien Andlauer was left in a disappointing seventh place after the session was ended early due to a crash blocking the circuit, disrupting many drivers who were setting their fastest laps at that point.

“To be honest, I’m a little disappointed. My last lap was really good, but then another car was involved in a collision, the red flag came out and I had to abandon my attempt,” said the Frenchman.

Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans ended the session in twelfth place as he makes his track debut this weekend.

“Driving is Monaco is a totally new experience for me. It’s a huge challenge to get the timing right without coming up against slower vehicles. Unfortunately I never quite succeeded in doing this. My main focus for the race is on the start,” said Evans.

The best grid position in the Pro-Am classification went to Roar Lindland ahead of Nicolas Misslin and Philipp Sager.

Position#DriverNat.TeamClassTime/Gap
11Michael AmmermüllerGERBWT Lechner RacingPro1:34.963
210Mikkel O. PedersenDNKDinamic MotorsportPro+0.110
315Larry ten VoordeNEDMRS GT-RacingPro+0.481
45Florian LatorreFRAFACH AUTO TECHPro+0.599
53Dylan PereiraLUXMomo Megatron Lechner RacingPro+0.621
622Ayhancan GüvenTURmartinet by ALMERASRookie+0.740
72Julien AndlauerFRABWT Lechner RacingPro+0.840
823Jaap van LagenNEDmartinet by ALMERASPro+0.855
927Joey MawsonAUSTeam AustraliaRookie+1.378
104Tio EllinasCYPMomo Megatron Lechner RacingPro+1.66
118Al Faisal Al ZubairOMNLechner Racing Middle EastPro+2.028
127Jaxon EvansNZLFACH AUTO TECHRookie+2.316
1311Gianmarco QuaresminiITADinamic MotorsportPro+2.391
146Kantadhee KusiriTHAFACH AUTO TECHRookie+2.405
1520Roar LindlandNORpierre martinet by ALMERASPro Am+2.463
169Saul HackZAFLechner Racing Middle EastPro+4.058
1724Stefan RehkopfGERTeam Project 1 - FachPro+4.121
1814Nicolas MisslinFRAMRS GT-RacingPro Am+4.612
1912Philipp SagerAUTDinamic MotorsportPro Am+4.657
2025Matthias JeserichGERTeam Project 1 - FachPro+4.714
2118Michael VerhagenNEDMRS Cup-RacingPro+4.759
2221Clement MateuFRApierre martinet by ALMERASPro Am+5.178
2328Stephen GroveAUSTeam AustraliaPro Am+5.498
2426Marius NakkenNORTeam Project 1 - FachRookie+6.528
2529Marc CiniAUSTeam AustraliaPro Am+7.93
2617Pablo OteroARGMRS Cup-RacingPro Am+9.09
2719Fernando CroceBRAMRS Cup-RacingPro+9.221
2816Kenji KobayashiJAPMRS GT-RacingPro+18.445

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