Qualifying, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Round 8, Monza (Italy)
Larry ten Voorde tackles the title fight finale from pole position
Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) has secured the best grid position for the final round of the 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Clocking the fastest time in qualifying, the Dutchman is well set up to claim his third win of the season. A victory would also hand him the title in the international one-make cup run with the 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. “I left the pits behind everyone else. This meant I had the track basically to myself and that’s how I managed a flawless lap,” said a pleased Ten Voorde. “This is the most important pole position of my career by now. I really need to win the race on Sunday.”
Ten Voorde shares the first grid row with Florian Latorre (France/CLRT). Points leader Dylan Pereira (BWT Lechner Racing), however, has to slot in behind Leon Köhler (Germany/Lechner Racing Middle East) on the fourth grid spot. “Of course, it’s anything but optimal. I have to take a look at where I lost time. It’ll definitely be hard work in the race,” admitted the Luxembourger, who would be forced to relinquish the title if Ten Voorde won.
The first five finishers in the race receive points following the scale 25-20-17-14-12. Should Ten Voorde win, he would catch Pereira, who starts the race with a four-point advantage. Lying 21 points behind the championship leader, Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Martinet by Almeras) also has an outside chance of claiming the crown. Like Pereira and Ten Voorde, the Porsche Junior has won two rounds of this season’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Larry ten Voorde, however, is a clear favourite to take home the title at the Supercup finale on Sunday – not only because he is starting from pole. The Dutchman has already notched up three victories in Monza at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: in 2019 in the real Supercup and recently at the two sim racing events of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition contested at the virtual Autodromo.
Leon Köhler was thrilled about scoring his best starting position among the circle of rookies. “I’d like to advance one or two places up the rookie rankings,” explained the German. Güven and his rookie colleague Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (France/Lechner Racing Middle East) line up on the grid directly behind him.
Köhler and Simmenauer are among the four aspirants for the rookie title. Leader of the rookie category Max van Splunteren (Team GP Elite; 71 points) planted his Porsche on the 17th grid spot. Marvin Klein (France/Martinet by Alméras; 68), Köhler (56) and Simmenauer (55) could overtake the Dutchman. A special prize awaits the winner of this classification: He gets the chance to contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Le Mans in a fortnight at the wheel of a 911 GT3 Cup run by the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation. The race contested by both the German and French Porsche Carrera Cups is run as part of the 24-hour classic.
The final round of the 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup kicks off Sunday (6 September 2020) at 12:30 pm (CEST). Fans can follow the race via internet live stream on F1TV.formula1.com. Regular updates can also be found on the Supercup’s social media channels Twitter (@PorscheSupercup), Instagram (#PorscheSupercup) and Facebook (@PorscheSupercup).
Further information, film and photo material in the Porsche Newsroom: newsroom.porsche.com. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates from Porsche Motorsport with the latest information and photos from racetracks around the world.
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