Porsche Supercup: Pereira wins Rain-Shortened Race at Hockenheim

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Dylan Pereira leads the fifth round of the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Hockenheim. Image sourced from @PorscheSupercup via Twitter.

Dylan Pereira took victory in the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup race at Hockenheim, after the arrival of rain brought put the red flag.

Ten Voorde started from Pole for the first time, after edging out of Pereira by 0.013 seconds in qualifying. In addition, Michael Ammermüller lined up in third, with championship leader Julien Andlauer a distant sixth.

Despite this, Pereira managed to jump Ten Voorde off the line, while Ammermüller made his way past the Dutchman into second place at Turn 1.

Behind them, Mikkel O.Pedersen got a lightning getaway, making his way up to fourth after starting eighth on the grid, with Andlauder in pursuit.

By Lap 3, Pereira had ‘checked out’ up front and built up a two second lead over Ammermüller.

Pedersen Takes out Ammermüller as Rain Creates Chaos

Michael Ammermüller’s failure to score points at Hockenheim has lost the German driver valuable ground to team-mate Julian Andlauder in the Drivers’ Championship. Image sourced from @PorscheSupercup via Twitter.

In the battle for third, Pedersen used the slipstream of Ten Voorde and was able to get alongside at the Turn 6 hairpin. However, whilst moving over to defend the inside line, Pedersen missed his braking point and hit Ammermüller.

As a result, the contact spun the German driver around and forced him into his first retirement of the season. Additionally, Pedersen also sustained damage to his left-front tyre suspension and was also out.

Due to the debris on track, the Safety Car was deployed at the end of Lap 4. Then, after four laps, racing resumed and Pereira maintained the lead as the rain began to fall.

 

Unaware of the changing conditions, Pereira misjudged his braking point and went wide at turn 2 and dropped to sixth. This allowed Ten Voorde to regain first place, while Andlauer managed to overtake Latorre for third.

The Safety Car then made a second appearance after Saul Hack who involved in a huge crash at Turn 2. Hack was hit by Robin Hansson , with Gianmarco Quaresmini also sustaining damage to the right-hand side of his car.

Countback Awards Victory to Pereira

Dylan Pereira was able to claim his first win of the 2019 Porsche Supercup at Hockenheim. Image sourced from @PorscheSupercup via Twitter.

With the rain intensifying, the red flag was shown on Lap 12 with four and a half minutes remaining.

Subsequently, Larry ten Voorde was initially awarded the win, with Ellinas and Andlauer on the podium. However, the Stewards declared that the official result would be counted back to the end of Lap 7.

As a result, Pereira claimed the top step of the podium, ahead of ten Voorde, Ellinas and Andlauer. Florian Latorre was fifth ahead of Jaap van Lagen, while Joey Mawson drove well from 13th to finish in seventh place.

The trio of Al Faisal Al Zubair, Leon Kohler and Jaxon Evans rounded out the top 10.

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