Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Larry Ten Voorde on the Hungaroring with Headline saying Ten Voorde is Hungary for more points.

8/4/2021

Ten Voorde “Hungary” for more points.

After a four-week break, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup arrived in Budapest for the fourth round of the 2021 championship with 12 points separating the top two drivers. It was a turbulent weekend, with a twist in the tail that no-one was expecting.

Described by some as “Monaco without the walls”, the Hungaroring would provide a crucial venue, and the halfway point in the season. Like Monaco, it is a circuit where overtaking moves must be planned carefully, but surprises are not unknown; as demonstrated in the Formula 1 Grand Prix that followed the Porsche Supercup race. There were 11 international Porsche customer racing teams participating, and several guest drivers made the trip to Budapest to play their part as well.

Marvin Klein – guest driver extraordinaire!

It was as late as Monday this week that #12 Marvin Klein (FRA/CLRT) learnt that he would be driving at the Hungaroring. The car’s regular driver, Steven Palette was racing elsewhere, so the team contacted Klein as a replacement – the Frenchman currently lying second in the Porsche Carrera Cup France with three victories to his name already this season.

I’m really proud of the team. We didn’t test here at the Hungaroring.

#12 Marvin Klein(FRA/CLRT)
Mehrere Porsche 911 GT3 Cup nähern sich nach dem Start des Porsche Supercup der ersten Kurve des Hungarorings.

There were other changes to the entry list since Austria as well: Parker Revs arrived with two new drivers following sponsorship issues for regular driver Michael Crees, while Harry King was taking part in a clashing Porsche Carrera Cup GB race. That opened the door of opportunity for #17 Loek Hartog (NLD/Parker Revs Motorsport) and #18 Gary Findlay (GBR/Parker Revs Motorsport).

 

Furthermore, Simone Iaquinta did not have medical clearance to race following an accident at Imola last weekend, and was replaced by #16 Alessandro Giardelli (ITA/Dinamic Motorsport SRL). That still left an impressive entry list of 30 cars, and a mixed weather forecast which raised hopes for plenty of action around the 14-turn, 4.3 km circuit for the 510bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the start/finish straight of the Hungaroring starting the Supercup-race in Budapest.

Practice – warm, sunny, easy-going.

Despite the relative inexperience of some of the participants, the 45-minute Practice Session on Friday evening and the 30-minute Qualifying Session on Saturday lunchtime were relatively incident-free. Lechner Racing showed during Practice that their cars were quick – ending the session first and second on the timing screens, with #2 Ayhancan Güven (TUR/BWT Lechner Racing) and #3 Dylan Pereira (LUX/BWT Lechner Racing) separated by just over a tenth of a second; and more than a quarter of a second clear of the rest.

 

Practice also showed again how closely-matched the field in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is, with 13 cars setting times within a second of the fastest lap of the session.

It’s great that spectators are back at the tracks to cheer the drivers on.

Oliver SchwabProject Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
A Quad pulls a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Dinamic Motorsport in the rising morning sun at the Supercup paddock 2021.

A qualifying with debatable decisions.

The Qualifying Session had a rather different complexion, either because the rest of the field caught up, or because the Lechner cars lost their way somewhat. There was no appreciable difference in the weather – still warm and sunny – but there were some debatable tactical decisions made. As usual in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, there was a notable lull in proceedings mid-session, as teams sat out a good ten minutes, before going out for a final one or two laps to set an all-out qualifying lap. The questionable tactic was that leaving it until the last minute left no margin for error, with the result that when #11 Florian Latorre (FRA/CLRT) spun at the final turn (T14) with a minute of the session remaining, yellow flags came out and made improvements impossible.

 

For CLRT, it was a dream result, with its two cars qualifying first and third, sandwiching #20 Jaxon Evans (NZL/Martinet by Alméras) in second place. The best-placed Lechner entry was Güven, a disappointing fifth, behind championship leader #25 Larry ten Voorde (NLD/Team GP Elite).

For both Dylan Pereira and #4 Tio Ellinas (CYP/Lechner Racing Middle East), it was doubly disappointing, since their best lap times were disqualified, removing what would have been a pole time for Pereira.

J.B. Simmenauer jagt Teamkollege Dylan Pereira beim Porsche Supercup 2021 auf dem Hungaroring in Budapest.

Race – 26 Celsius and a clean track.

The weather, which had been uncertain all week, changed on Saturday night, with rain greeting the early risers. By the time the grid formed up for the 15-lap Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race, though, the sun had broken through once again and the track had completely dried, although there was still a blustery wind.

 

All thirty cars made it onto the grid and it was a clean start, with newcomer Marvin Klein getting away well, covering the inside line into Turn 1. Making a brilliant start, converting fourth on the grid to second on the road through Turn 2, Larry ten Voorde passed both Latorre and Evans.

 

However, as the field exited Turn 3, #28 Leon Köhler (DEU/Nebulus Racing by Huber) and #6 Christopher Zöchling (DEU/FACH AUTO TECH) clashed. Köhler continued without too much damage, but the consequences were worse for Zöchling, who speared off to the right, the rear of the car making heavy impact with the barrier before it bounced back onto the track. Also involved in the ensuing stewards’ enquiry was #24 Max van Splunteren (NED/Team GP Elite), who ended up running wide although he too got away unscathed. Not so lucky was #14 Lodovico Laurini (ITA/Dinamic Motorsport SRL), who lost control as he tried to take avoiding action, got on the grass, and glanced the barriers on the left. He continued, 27th.

 

With Zöchling’s car obstructing the track, the Safety Car was inevitably brought into action, and stayed out for four laps while the mess was cleared up.

Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup approach Turn one at the Hungaroring right after the start of the Porsche Supercup.

Safety Car in – back to racing, but still no overtaking.

Racing resumed at the beginning of lap 6, and once again, Marvin Klein made a flawless getaway, setting off into the distance and spending the remainder of the race setting fastest laps and opening up an unassailable lead. By the chequered flag, he was 3.5s clear.

 

Behind, Larry ten Voorde seemed unconcerned – Klein would not be eligible for points anyway, and the Dutchman looked content to play second fiddle for once. Behind these two, a stirring battle developed for third place between Jaxon Evans, Florian Latorre and Ayhancan Güven. Initially, it seemed that Evans was struggling and that Latorre would be able to pass, but the New Zealander was able to prevail ahead of the Frenchman, who in any case had one eye on the rear-view mirror to ensure that the Turkish Porsche Junior stayed where he was. Despite a couple of attempts, stalemate was reached and the positions remained the same to the flag.

After a less than ideal qualifying, I couldn’t really expect much more.

#2 Ayhancan Güven(TUR/BWT Lechner Racing)
Supercup driver Simmenauer is chasing Pereira at the Hungaroring in Budapest during the Porsche Supercup 2021.

Another difficult race for Pereira.

For others, the resumption of racing on lap 6 was not so simple: Max van Splunteren completely out-braked himself coming into Turn 1, running straight on and causing #19 Dorian Boccolacci (FRA/Martinet by Alméras) to run into Dylan Pereira, and the pair of them spun out, fortunately without serious damage to either. However, although van Splunteren came through in 9th, it left Pereira in 19th and Rookie Boccolacci in 28th place. Both Pereira and Boccolacci spent the remainder of the race showing that overtaking is possible at the Hungaroring: Pereira eventually getting up to 11th, and Boccolacci recovering ten positions to finish 18th. A subsequent 10-second penalty threw him back to 21st place.

 

This left #29 Laurin Heinrich (DEU/Nebulus Racing by Huber) unchallenged as top Rookie in Hungary. Heinrich spent most of the race locked in a fight for sixth with fellow-Nebulus driver Köhler, but the Rookie was able to hold the position for the duration.

Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driving through a corner at the Hungaroring in front of well-filled grandstands.

Schuring’s dream, Klein’s nightmare.

Tio Ellinas was the next one up, the Cypriot finishing in eighth place, ahead of #32 Morris Schuring (NED/GP Elite), who at just sixteen years’ old, almost became the youngest-ever driver in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. A fine debut and a name to look out for!

 

It would have been a fantastic result for CLRT, running with a skeleton staff at Hungary this weekend, while the attentions of the team were focussed on owner Côme Ledogar, who was busy racing – and winning – in the Spa 24 hours Intercontinental GT Challenge race. But as the celebrations went on in Hungary, news came through of the exclusion of Marvin Klein, due to a technical infringement. When crossing the finish line, he did not have the mandatory amount of fuel (2kg) in the tank. Remarkably, the same fate befell Vettel in the Formula 1 race. The guest driver Klein was ineligible to score points, but nevertheless deserved more credit for his performance. For CLRT, Florian Latorre moves up to fourth in the championship standings, but there will be nothing but good memories from the weekend for Ledogar!

Marvin was clearly the best today, a few kilograms of fuel in the tank would not have made any difference.

#25 Larry ten Voorde(NLD/Team GP Elite)
Top three ProAm drivers holding their trophies on the 2021 Supercup Podium at the Hungaroring in Budapest.

Class winners – Heinrich and Misslin.

Laurin Heinrich’s win in the Rookie Classification will enliven the championship battle of the youngsters; finishing 21st overall, penalised Dorian Boccolacci was third Rookie home, behind Lodovico Laurini who was second.

 

In the ProAm Classification, #5 Nicolas Misslin (MCO/Lechner Racing Middle East) takes the championship lead by winning in Hungary, ahead of #27 Roar Lindland (NOR/Nebulus Racing by Huber) and #23 Aaron Mason (GBR/Pierre Martinet by Alméras), making his first appearance on the podium.

Looking forward to the 300th race.

For championship leader Larry ten Voorde, the result means a 17-point lead in the championship at the halfway point. There will now be another four-week interval while the Formula 1 teams take their summer break, and competitors in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be able to prepare themselves for the final four races in the season, which will come in a packed fortnight, ending with a unique double-header at Monza.

 

First to look forward to is the beautiful Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian Ardennes, where the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will run its 300th race since 1993. So far, race-days this year have been dry, but the weather at Spa is famously fickle, so more surprises are sure to come on the last weekend in August, when the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will reconvene. Will Dylan Pereira be able to convert his unquestionable speed into a result? Will Jaxon Evans be able to close up on Larry ten Voorde in the race for championship points? Make sure you don’t miss it!

Three Rookie drivers holding their trophies at the Rookie Award Ceremony in the Supercup hospitality tent.
Two drivers spraying champagne on the winner Marvin Klein at the award ceremony on the Formula 1 podium in Hungary.
Mechanics working on Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the pitlane of the Hungaroring at the 2021 Mobil 1 Supercup.
Larry ten Voorde driving on top of a field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on their way through Turn one of the Hungaroring.
Colourful helmet on the roof of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the Supercup paddock during the race weekend in Hungary.
Two BWT Lechner Racing mechanics are checking the tyre pressure at the Supercup paddock 2021.
Midday sun appears behind the wing of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the pitlane at the Hungaroring, August 2021.
CLRT's Team tent with 2 racing cars photographed through a stack of tyres at the 2021 Porsche Supercup in Hungary.
Marvin Klein in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the Hungaroring, Budapest during Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021.
Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the start/finish straight of the Hungaroring starting the Supercup-race in Budapest.
A Quad pulls a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Dinamic Motorsport in the rising morning sun at the Supercup paddock 2021.
Cars are lined up shortly before the start at the Hungaroring in Budapest during the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021
Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup approach Turn one at the Hungaroring right after the start of the Porsche Supercup.
Supercup driver Simmenauer is chasing Pereira at the Hungaroring in Budapest during the Porsche Supercup 2021.
Several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driving through a corner at the Hungaroring in front of well-filled grandstands.
Top three ProAm drivers holding their trophies on the 2021 Supercup Podium at the Hungaroring in Budapest.

Overall Classification Round 4 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Budapest

Pos
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Entry No
25
20
28
11
19
29
2
3
4
6
1
24
26
16
7
12
17
14
9
5
10
27
22
23
15
21
18
Driver
Larry ten Voorde
Jaxon Evans
Leon Köhler
Florian Latorre
Dorian Boccolacci
Laurin Heinrich
Ayhancan Güven
Dylan Pereira
Tio Ellinas
Christopher Zöchling
Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer
Max van Splunteren
Jesse van Kuijk
Simone Iaquinta
Marius Nakken
Steven Palette
Harry King
Lodovico Laurini
Lucas Groeneveld
Nicolas Misslin
Daan van Kuijk
Roar Lindland
Stéphane Denoual
Aaron Mason
Philipp Sager
Clément Mateu
Michael Crees
Nation
NLD
NZL
DEU
FRA
FRA
DEU
TUR
LUX
CYP
DEU
FRA
NLD
NLD
ITA
NOR
FRA
GBR
ITA
NLD
MCO
NLD
NLD
FRA
GBR
AUT
FRA
GBR
Total points
92
75
46
41
36
36
34
32
31
30
21
20
17
14
11
10
7
5
4
4
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
Grand Prix de Monaco Round 1
25
20
10
12
17
2
0 (DNF)
5
8
14
0 (DNC)
0
0
9
4
6
7
3
1
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
0
0
0 (DNC)
Großer Preis der Steiermark Round 2
25
10
17
0
14
8
20
0
4
9
7
12
6
5
3
0
-
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Großer Preis von Österreich Round 3
17
25
9
12
5
14
0
20
10
7
8
0 (DNC)
6
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
4
0 (DNC)
0 (DNC)
3
2
0 (DNS)
0
1
0
0
0
0
Magyar Nagydij Round 4
25
20
10
17
0
12
14
7
9
0 (DNC)
6
8
5
-
4
-
-
1
-
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
-
Overall Classification
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