Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer secured pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race with a lap time of 1:30.457 ahead of Larry ten Vorde and Dylan Pereira, whilst team-mate and main rival Michael Ammermüller could only manage fourth place.
The 30 minuted session in the Styrian mountains provided a fiercely fought qualifying session in the searing heat, and it was reigning champion and current leader Michael Ammermüller who laid down the gauntlet, setting a benchmark time after five minutes.
Towards the end of the session Andlauer emerged on a fresh set of tyres, setting a fastest time of 1:30.457 to go to the top of the timing screens, putting the BWT Lechner Racing Porsche in an untouchable position where it would stay until the end of the session.
“This racetrack is so much fun.” said Andlauer. I won the Carrera Cup Deutschland races here this year, and I’d like to do that again in the Supercup on Sunday,”
Following his podium finish in Monaco, Larry ten Voorde continued his good form to secure a front row start in front of the orange army of fans from the Netherlands.
“It’s simply fantastic to drive in front of so many Dutch fans. The first sectors were really good on my final lap, but my tyres were no longer ideal for the last two corners,” said ten Voorde.
Dylan Pereira put his disappointing start to the year behind him as he finished third in the timesheets ahead of championship leader Ammermüller, who could only manage fourth fastest.
“At first I encountered a lot of traffic on the track, so a top time wasn’t possible. Unfortunately in my flying lap I didn’t take the last corner very well. Still, third place is a good starting point for the race,” said Pereira.
Guest driver for the weekend Igor Walilko claimed fifth fastest on the grid ahead of Jaap van Lagen, Florian Latorre and Toni Wolf, who was the top rookie driver of the session.
Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans could only manage thirteenth fastest in the session, the New Zealander was clearly disappointed to not be further up the grid.
“This is obviously not the result I’d anticipated. It’ll be a tough race in this competitive field. Slipstreaming is pretty good here on the long straights,” said Evans.
Roar Lindland continued on his march towards another Pro-Am title, securing another class pole position ahead of local driver Philipp Sager.
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