Dylan Pereira wins the opening lap of the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup season at the Imola Formula 1 circuit in northern Italy. Regardless of the rain, the BWT Lechner Racing team scored a convincing victory from the lights to the flags from Luxembourg. Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) crossed the finish line in second place ahead of British BWT Lechner driver Harry King. Laurin Heinrich (D/SSR Huber Racing) finished fourth in his first Super Cup race as a Porsche Junior. Danish rookie Bastian Buus gave a solid performance in another Porsche 911 GT3 Cup organized by the BWT Lechner Racing team and was awarded fifth place.
Five minutes before the scheduled start of the race, torrential rain fell on the stands of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, which was packed for the first time in two years after pandemic-related restrictions. All drivers put rain tires on their Porsche 911 GT3 Cups and started from the back of the field safety car. Pereira took advantage of pole position and quickly left the group. “My car setup worked well on the wet track. It was very stable in the corners. I was able to focus on making no mistakes and choosing the line with the best grip. »The Luxembourger preferred a slightly steeper rear wing setup and therefore more downforce on the rear axle compared to the second qualifier Larry ten Voorde.
Larry ten Voorde faced a more difficult task. The reigning Super Cup champion had to repel attempts by his followers to pass him through the entire race and was interrupted by another safety car stage. First up was Bastian Buus, who was glued to his bumper until the Dane made a driving mistake and knocked him down to fifth place. Then Harry King tried everything to pass the 911 GT3 Cup of GP Elite. “I didn’t quite get the speed I was expecting and that made my race nothing but boring. Someone even kicked me twice, but both times I saw it coming from my rearview mirror and I was able to prepare myself. So I’m very happy with the second place.”Ten Voorde accepted.
Harry King struggled a bit with the shortened race length. “I took the race from seventh on the grid and quickly moved up to third. If I had done a few more laps, I could have passed Larry.”concluded, the British driver. King, on the other hand, managed to pass Junior Porsche driver Laurin Heinrich on the second lap. ” I did not warm up my front tires. Made my race really tough. But I still got critical points with fourth place. »Heinrich analysis.
Bastian Buus finished third in the first Super Cup race for a long time. In the end, fifth place earned him the best rookie trophy. The fastest ProAm driver was Norwegian Roar Lindland Martinet from Alméras.
“Living the start of the 30th season of the Porsche Super Cup on the same track where it all started in 1993 was very difficult emotionally. I was impressed by the professionalism of the drivers and crews, with the unexpected downpour reaction shortly before take-off. Despite the tough conditions, the race was one of the best motor racing games. It was a show.”said Michael Dreiser, Sales Director of Porsche Motorsport.
For the next race, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup heads to another Formula 1 track full of tradition: from 26 to 29 May 2022, Monaco will host the international single-brand trophy with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Result Round 1 Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup, Imola (L)
1. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/BWT Lechner Race), 30.09.383 minutes
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), + 2.014 seconds
3. Harry King (Great Britain/BWT Lechner Racing), +2.995 seconds
4. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Race), +4.371 seconds
5. Bastian Buus (Denmark/BWT Lechner Racing), +4.659 seconds
6. Dorian Boccolacci (France / Martinet, Alméras), + 7.615 seconds