First ever pole position in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing): At the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Wallonia region of Belgium, the 22-year-old clocked the fastest qualifying time on Saturday.
“For the last four years I’ve dreamed about the pole position in the Supercup. It makes me even happier that I succeeded on my favourite racetrack. I got my tyres to the optimal temperature and had hardly any traffic in front of me. The conditions were perfect,” said Pereira.
Lining up alongside the Luxembourger on the first grid row is Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS). Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing) planted his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on position three.
Under blue skies and in temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius, Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech) was the first to show top form: early in the qualifying session, the 22-year-old topped the time sheets on the 7.004-kilometre circuit.
In a gripping final phase, however, Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing) became the one to beat. The two-time Supercup champion remained at the top of the field until shortly before the end of the 30-minute session. Switching to fresh tyres, times tumbled amongst the 32-strong field, with one best lap turned after the other.
First ten Voorde led the pack, followed by the rookie Güven. On his final hot lap, Pereira undercut both of his rivals with a time of 2:22.508 minutes, with the 22-year-old shaving 0.227 seconds off Güven’s effort. “In the last corner I lost a little time unfortunately. Still, second place is a great result for the race,” said Güven.
The best spot on the second grid row is occupied by ten Voorde. The Dutchman completed the Ardennes rollercoaster in a time of 2:22.744 minutes.
“On my fastest lap I got slight oversteer in Eau Rouge. With a view to the championship, it’s a good starting position,” said ten Voorde.
Porsche Junior Evans was satisfied with fourth place. “I wasn’t totally happy with the free practice, but I was considerably faster in the qualifying and I’m now looking forward to the race,” said the New Zealander. Ammermüller rounded off the top five.
Position six is occupied by Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) ahead of Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech) and Berkay Besler (TR/MRS GT-Racing). The current leader of the championship, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), finished the qualifying on P9.
“Unfortunately, that was one of my weakest qualifying performances this season. Just as my temperatures were at the ideal temperature I made several mistakes. We’ll now take a good look at how we can improve. Still, a lot is possible and every point counts towards the championship,” stated Andlauer.
Lining up alongside him in tenth place is Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS). Pole position in the ProAm classification was secured by the Norwegian Roar Lindland (pierre martinet by ALMÉRAS).
Round seven of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup gets underway on Sunday at 12.30pm local time. Eurosport televises the race live in over 60 countries. Sky covers the international one-make cup in Great Britain and Italy, with Sport1 broadcasting in Germany. Fans can also watch the race live via the official Formula 1 streaming service (F1 TV).
1. Dylan Pereira (L/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), 2:22.508 minutes
2. Ayhancan Güven (TR/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 2:22.735 minutes
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/MRS GT-Racing), 2:22.744 minutes
4. Jaxon Evans (NZ/Fach Auto Tech), 2:22.748 minutes
5. Michael Ammermüller (D/BWT Lechner Racing), 2:22.787 minutes
6. Tio Ellinas (CY/Momo Megatron Lechner Racing), 2:22.862 minutes
7. Florian Latorre (F/Fach Auto Tech), 2:22.866 minutes
8. Berkay Besler (TR/MRS GT-Racing), 2:22.915 minutes
9. Julien Andlauer (F/BWT Lechner Racing), 2:23.005 minutes
10. Jaap van Lagen (NL/martinet by ALMÉRAS), 2:23.068 minutes