Porsche Supercup: Campbell wins chaotic Monza race

Source: Porsche Mobil 1 SuperCup Media

Matt Campbell converted pole position into a dominant victory at Monza in a race full of action from the get go. From lights out the Australian comfortably controlled the race and was never pushed from his rivals behind.

Championship rivals Dennis Olsen and Michael Ammermüller both started on row two and when Olsen appeared to get the better start, Ammermüller quickly reacted by pressuring Olsen towards the wall. The Norwegian however displayed tremendous grit and didn’t give in to the immense pressure that the German was applying and was able to pass the championship leader at turn one.

Dylan Pereira tangled with Italian Daniele Di Amato on the opening lap at the narrow first chicane which ended both of their races and brought out the safety car.

Racing didn’t resume until the start of lap 4 when a perfectly timed restart from Campbell left second placed driver Zaid Ashkanani under pressure from Olsen. The Kuwait driver was able maintain his position.

Keen to retake third, Ammermüller relentlessly pressured Olsen for much of the opening half of the race and on lap 5 the German took a superb run through Parabolica. Once again Olsen found a way to fight off the championship leader heading to turn one.

Ammermüller’s race would dramatically change moments later, the three-time race winner firstly ran too deep at Parabolica allowing local driver Mattia Drudi a real opportunity to pass into turn one. Not only was the German defending from Drudi but he was also attacking Olsen ahead and forced Olsen into a missing the first chicane. This left the two side by side heading towards the second chicane, Olsen held on but crucially for Ammermüller he got a much better exit and was alongside Olsen as they headed to Lesmo 1. Olsen nonetheless ruthlessly put Ammermüller on the grass and the German collided with Robert Lukas at Lesmo 1 dropping him to 10th.

Olsen mirrored what he did on Lap 7 at turn one and cut the chicane once again, this time coming under pressure from Lukas who briefly passed the Norwegian at the second chicane before Olsen retook the position at Lesmo 1.

Olsen would eventually lose 3rd on lap 8 to Mattia Drudi. A poor line through Ascari gave Drudi the much-needed momentum to pass Olsen into Parabolica.

Ammermüller’s morning continued to get worse when on lap 10 he took too much kerb at the second chicane which sent him temporarily into the gravel and dropped him even further to 13th.

Two laps later and Ammermüller was trying salvage his race and was hunting down Igor Walilko in 12th. Walilko, like many others broke too late at T1 and cut the chicane. When re-joining, the Pole drove straight into the path of Ammermüller and midway through Curva Grande the two made contact, sending Walilko into the gravel. Fortunately for Ammermüller’s title challenge he was able to continue.

The penultimate lap saw a similar incident take place when Mikkel O. Pedersen and Philip Morin recreated Ammermüller’s incident with Walilko. Ammermüller gained two further positions through this incident and capped off a miserable round in 10th.

Campbell dominated proceedings to claim victory with Ashkanani scoring a debut podium in 2nd. Drudi rounded off the podium in 3rd and Dennis Olsen importantly finished 5th to cut Ammermüller’s championship lead to just 2 points.