2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Hungary race report
VERVA Lechner Racing’s Kuba Giermaziak continued his fine 2014 at the Hungaroring, taking his third Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory in this year’s sixth round of the premier Porsche 911 one-make series.
The Pole, racing as close to home as the Supercup calendar will take him, blazed to a lights-to-flag win on Sunday after taking his second pole position in scorching qualifying conditions the day before.
“This is a really great victory, particularly because Hungary always feels like a home race to me. Three wins in six races is a good yield so far this season. My aim of course is to take home the title,” said the 24-year-old racer.
1.7 seconds behind the Polish driver was Nicki Thiim as the 2013 champion continued his impressive form since returning to the Supercup grid at Silverstone. Second place marked two podiums in as many races for the Dane after passing round one winner, Earl Bamber at the start.
Bamber dropped back from Thiim throughout the course of the 14-lap race around the twisting track near Budapest, eventually finishing three seconds back in third. This leaves the Kiwi nine points back as the Supercup circus heads to Spa in four weeks time.
Porsche Junior, Alex Riberas made a storming start to leap from sixth to fourth at turn one however, the Spaniard’s race was far from straightforward as he found himself defending the baying pack for the majority of the encounter.
|1||Kuba Giermaziak (PL)||96|
|2||Earl Bamber (NZ)||87|
|3||Michael Ammermüller (D)||64|
|4||Ben Barker (GB)||57|
|5||Philipp Eng (A)||50|
|5=||Christian Engelhart (D)||50|
“After four laps I experienced problems with the tyres and had to fight hard to the end,” Riberas explained as he was hounded directly by title challenger, Michael Ammermüller and Klaus Bachler.
Riberas’ struggles were such that the train of five cars, including the Spaniard, with Christopher Zoëchling and Total 911’s Ben Barker in seventh and eighth respectively, were covered by just two seconds at the time of the chequered flag.
The result leaves Barker nearly 40 points off the top of the table (still headed by VERVA Lechner Racing teammate Giermaziak) although the Briton still retains his position at number four in the championship standings ahead of Spa-Francorchamps on 22-24 August.