2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Al Faisal ends European season on a high
Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair concluded his European racing season in the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on a high note with an encouraging eighth-place finish in the eighth round on the tradition-steeped 5.793km circuit at Monza, Italy, on Sunday.
It was Al Faisal's fifth top-ten finish in the highly-competitive series and puts him on course for an overall top-ten spot in the drivers' standings with only the double-header remaining in Mexico next month. The Omani now has 43 points and is placed overall 11th after the Monza outing, which was the last race in Europe for him this year.
A total of 40 points are at stake in Mexico when the ninth and tenth round of the Supercup will be held on October 25-27.
The BWT Lechner Racing Team driver, who had qualified seventh on Saturday, held his position well during the course of a fiercely-contested 15-lap race led among the 32-strong field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers.
Victory in the last of the European rounds of the series fell to Dutchman Larry ten Voorde (MRS GT-Racing) with Al Faisal’s teammate and defending champion Michael Ammermüller claiming the runner-up spot to move into a clear lead in the overall points’ standings with 110 points.
Ten Voorde (96 points) as well as France's Julien Andlauer (92) and Turkey's Ayhancan Güven (88) still hold chances to claim the crown.
Australia's Joey Mawson rounded off the podium places at Monza and Dinamic Motorsport’s Mikkel Pedersen and Güven (Martinet by Alméras) filled fourth and fifth overall.
Australia’s Jaxon Evans had claimed pole position for the race but eventually reached the chequered flag in sixth with Luxembourg’s Dylan Pereira finishing just in front of Al Faisal.
A relieved Al Faisal said, “It was an amazing race. I am very happy with it. We held our position. It was nothing to do with luck or anything. We had good pace the whole race and a good fight. Now we can focus on the last round.”
Frenchman Julien Andlauer had started the Monza race tied for the championship lead with Ammermüller, but the third of the BWT Lechner Racing Team drivers was forced to retire after two laps as the 20 year old slid off the track and badly damaged his car.
Drivers from 21 countries contested round eight of the season – making it the most diverse line-up in the history of the racing series.
Monza results: 1 Larry ten Voorde, 2 Michael Ammermüller, 3 Joey Mawson, 4 Mikkel Pedersen, 5 Ayhancan Güven, 6 Jaxon Evans, 7 Dylan Pereira, 8 Al Faisal al Zubair.