Porsche Supercup: Preining sets the pace in Budapest

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Thomas Preining topped the timesheets at the Hungaroring on Friday, four tenths clear of Italian driver Mattia Drudi.

The Porsche Junior was delighted to be back on top of the time sheets. “Fastest time in practice is a great start into the weekend. It gives me and the team a lot of self-confidence, although my lap was not really perfect,” said Preining.

Championship leader and current champion of the series Michael Ammermüller could only manage fifth on a day where drivers struggled to perfect their setups ahead of qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

19-year-old Julien Andlauer rounded out the top three as he aims to go one better than his result in Austria.

“It’s good to be in the top three. I needed some time to adapt to the track, so I’m even more happy to be within the fastest right from the beginning.” Said Andlauer.

Race winner from Hockenheim Nick Yelloly struggled in comparison to his rivals and needs to significantly up his performance if he wants to catch championship leader Ammermüller. Yelloly could only achieve ninth but was a mammoth nine-tenths behind session topper Preining.

The hot and sweaty conditions experienced at Germany were once again being spoken about here at Hungary.

“It was really hot in the cockpit, although the sun was not even out during the session” said Josh Webster.

Webster also said: “I think, it will even be warmer in qualifying – but like at Hockenheim we’ll have to live with that….”

Drivers will be at focused more than ever on Saturday, knowing the result of Qualifying could also determine their race result due to the notoriously limited overtaking opportunities at the Hungaroring.