Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer has made the perfect start to the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season, securing pole position at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a lap time of 1:47.869.
The Frenchman who is the youngest driver on the grid this season also recorded the fastest time in practice, despite this he is still aware there is a lot of work to do in the race.
“Being the fastest in free practice and qualifying gives me a lot of confidence for Sunday’s race,” said Andlauer, “but still the race will be a big challenge, as underlined by the close times in the sessions.”
It was newcomer Ayhancan Güven that suprised the regular competitors as he recorded the second fastest time of the session to line up on the front row.
The reigning Carrera Cup France champion was delighted to be at the sharp end of the 28-strong entry list, “The first grid row at my Supercup debut is a cool starting position. It’s been hugely motivating to get the chance to be watched by Formula 1 spectators. I’d like to give the fans a great show on Sunday,” said Güven.
Reigning champion Michael Ammermüller found himself in third place at the end of the session, and while wanting to make progress in the race, is aware that consistency is just as important over the season as winning races.
“In the final phase, the track surface was a little dirty in the first sector.” said Ammermüller. “So it was important to set a good time early on.
“In the race I’d like to gain at least one position. It’ll be decisive for me to find the right balance between safety and risk,”
2018 Carrera Cup GB champion Tio Ellinas also put in a strong performance to qualify in fourth pace ahead of Mikkel O. Pedersen and Jaap van Lagen.
Dylan Pereira and Al Faisal Al Zubair occupy the fourth row of the grid ahead of Florian Lattore and Jaxon Evans.
Reigning Carrera Cup Australia champion Evans was happy to make it in to the top ten, but also felt that he could have recoreded a faster time. “It felt good to be among the top ten in this strong field. However, I didn’t manage to turn a perfect lap. I’ll look at why with my team in order to make up as many positions as possible in the race,” said Evans.
In the Pro-Am class, Roar Lindland took pole position ahead of Nicolas Misslin and Philipp Sager.
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