Pole position on Saturday, lights-to-flag win on Sunday: Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) from the Netherlands dominated round two of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Spielberg as if at will.
“I got off the line perfectly at the start and I was also lucky that my pursuers hampered each other on the first kilometre,” stated the reigning Supercup champion, describing the initial phase. While the Turkish Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven (BWT Lechner Racing) managed to defend his second grid spot, Germany’s Leon Köhler (Nebulus Racing by Huber) slipped past the Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci (Martinet by Alméras) in the first lap. The leading quartet crossed the finish line after 18 laps on the Red Bull Ring in that order. Thanks to his second win of the season, ten Voorde extended his championship lead significantly. Boccolacci is the new runner-up in the points’ standings.
In contrast to the winner, Güven was not happy with his start. “I didn’t get a chance to attack Larry in the early stages. Afterwards, he was simply too dominant,” admitted the Porsche Junior. Köhler, however, made the most of a minor error made by Boccolacci, who had taken up the race from the third grid spot, and wrested this position from him. “Dorian opened the door, I was able to stick behind Ayhancan and overtake Dorian in his slipstream,” said the pleased 21-year-old German. Boccolacci’s second victory in the rookie category of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup was cold comfort. “I was aiming for the podium.”
While the first four positions were spoken for early, a fierce three-way fight for fifth place raged over the entire race. Max van Splunteren (Team GP Elite) fended off repeated attacks from Jaxon Evans (Martinet by Alméras). “Jaxon nudged me slightly a few times under braking, but I always managed to keep him behind me on the next straight,” explained Van Splunteren. For his part, the New Zealander shook off all overtaking attempts from Christopher Zöchling (FACH AUTO TECH). With his special racing car livery, the Austrian called attention to the fact that the fuel used in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup comes from renewable sources.
Dorian Boccolacci has proven unbeatable in the rookie classification in the two races contested so far this season. In Spielberg, the ex-Formula 2 driver finished a convincing fourth overall ahead of Germany’s Laurin Heinrich (Nebulus Racing by Huber) in ninth, and Lodovico Laurini (Dinamic Motorsport) from Italy who took the flag in P15. In the ProAm classification, Roar Lindland (Nebulus Racing by Huber) from Norway led the ProAm class across the line for the first time this season at the wheel of his ca. 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The defending ProAm champion won his division over Nicolas Misslin (Lechner Racing Middle East) from Monaco and Philipp Sager (Dinamic Motorsport), for whom the Red Bull Ring is home turf.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup stays in Spielberg for another week. Coming weekend (2 to 4 July 2021), the Red Bull Ring hosts round three of the season, which is run as support to the Austrian Grand Prix.
Race 2 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, 18 laps, Spielberg (A)
- Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 27:9.734 minutes
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/BWT Lechner Racing), +1.736 seconds
- Leon Köhler (D/Nebulus Racing by Huber), + 3.000 seconds
- Dorian Boccolacci (F/Martinet by Alméras), + 8.172 seconds
- Max van Splunteren (NL/Team GP Elite), +10.672 seconds
- Jaxon Evans (NZ/Martinet by Alméras), + 11.019 seconds
Overall classification Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup after 2 of 8 races
- Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 50 points
- Dorian Boccolacci (F/Martinet by Alméras), 31 points
- Jaxon Evans (NZ/Martinet by Alméras), 30 points
- Leon Köhler (D/Nebulus Racing by Huber), 27 points
- Christopher Zöchling (A/FACH AUTO TECH), 23 points
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/BWT Lechner Racing), 20 points
The third-quickest time on the 4.318-kilometre Formula One racetrack was achieved by Dorian Boccolacci (Martinet by Alméras). The rookie from France was just three-thousandths of a second off Güven’s time in his 911 GT3 Cup. The second qualifying session of the 2021 season once again underlined how high the level of competition is in Porsche’s international one-make cup: the fastest 15 of the 28-strong field qualified within a second of one another.
Larry ten Voorde was a little surprised by his top qualifying time. “The Red Bull Ring hasn’t been particularly good turf for me in the past, not in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup nor in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The fact that we’ve managed to set pole position shows how much we’ve progressed as a team. I’m proud of my boys,” said the delighted reigning Supercup champion.
After posting the quickest time in free practice on Friday, Ayhancan Güven was not entirely satisfied. “The track changed significantly compared to yesterday, probably because of Formula 1 tyre wear. As a result, my car’s balance wasn’t ideal,” the Porsche Junior speculated. Like polesitter Ten Voorde, Dorian Boccolacci did not expect his positive qualifying result. “I wasn’t at the front during testing here, in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race or in free practice yesterday. My first lap today was the fastest and was enough for the third grid spot. I hope things go as well for me in the race on Sunday,” commented Boccolacci, the fastest rookie in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and currently third in the championship.
The 911 GT3 Cup fielded by FACH AUTO TECH rolls onto the grid decked out in a special livery. Christopher Zöchling’s No. 6 racer is painted with a landscape from the team’s home region – the Swiss Alps. The wording “eFuels – from motorsports to production cars” refers to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup strategy of using synthetically produced fuels from renewable sources, which was adopted at the start of the 2021 season. “eFuels represent state-of-the-art technology. Motor racing plays a pioneering role in the development and implementation. We’re proud to contribute valuable insights with our commitment,” confirms team boss Alex Fach. The racing vehicles campaigned in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup have run on Esso Renewable Racing Fuel since the beginning of the season. Initially, a blend of bio-based fuel obtained from food waste products will be used. In 2022, the next step will be to introduce an electricity-based fuel (eFuel) produced from wind energy.
Zöchling tackles the race on Sunday (27 June 2021) from grid position 12. The race gets underway at 12:25 pm CEST. The TV channels Eurosport and Sky Sport and the streaming service f1tv.formula1.com provide a live broadcast. Fans can also follow the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup action with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at any time on the social networks Twitter (@PorscheSupercup / @PorscheRaces), Instagram (@PorscheSupercup) and Facebook (@PorscheSupercup).
Qualifying result, race 2 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Spielberg (A)
- Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 1:30.894 minutes
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/BWT Lechner Racing), +0.074 seconds
- Dorian Boccolacci (F/Martinet by Alméras), +0.077 seconds
- Leon Köhler (D/Nebulus Racing by Huber), +0.270 seconds
- Jaxon Evans (NZ/ Martinet by Alméras), +0.305 seconds
- Max van Splunteren (NL/Team GP Elite), +0.326 seconds