Evans secures first pole of the season
BWT Lechner Racing’s Jaxon Evans took the pole position for the first round of the 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Red Bull Ring track. 23-year-old Porsche Junior set the best time with only two minutes to the end of the session, putting his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the top of a 25-car field.
Florian Latorre (CLRT) finished just a little more than a tenth of a second behind the Kiwi driver. The Frenchman secured the spot next to Evans on the front grid row. Third position went to the German Leon Köhler (Lechner Racing Middle East) as the fastest of the nine rookies. The best-placed driver in the Pro-Am category was the Norwegian Roar Lindland (Pierre Martinet by Alméras).
Mateo Llarena (MRS GT-Racing) dropped the age marker for the youngest driver to ever take part in an official event of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to exactly 16 years, four months and nine days. Scoring 21st in qualifying, the young driver from Guatemala, who is supported by Porsche as part of the rookie programme, was not entirely satisfied with his result. Llaren’s racing career spans twelve years. Supported by his father Rinaldo, he was already driving karts at the age of four. Mateo achieved successes in South America and Europe, which earned him the “FIA America Award”. After a foray into Formula 4 and a one-make cup, Llarena turned his full attention to GT racing in 2019. Due to the global travel restrictions, he will spend the entire ten weeks of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racing season in Europe.
Round one of the 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes off on Sunday (5 July 2020) at 12.30pm local time. Fans can enjoy the race via a live stream on F1 TV.
Qualifying: 1. Evans 1:30.593; 2. Latorre +0.115; 3. Köhler (Rookie) +0.140; 4. Pereira +0.206; 5. Güven +0.250; 6. Simmenauer (Rookie) +0.269; 7. Ten Voorde +0.338; 8. Klein (Rookie) +0.403; 9. Van Splunteren (Rookie) +0.464; 10. Hanses +0.566; 11. Nakken +0.673; 12. Van Lagen +0.676; 13. Heinrich +0.681; 14. D. Van Kuijk (Rookie); +0.753; 15. Homkavuori +0.877; 16. J. Van Kuijk +0.969; 17. Groeneveld (Rookie) +1.098; 18. Love (Rookie) +1.112; 19. Lindland (Pro-Am) +1.363; 20. M. Sager (Rookie) +1.448; 21. Llarena (Rookie) +1.918; 22. P. Sager (Pro-Am) +1.935; 23. Denoual (Pro-Am) +2.089; 24. Mateu (Pro-Am) +2.134; 25. Haezebrouck (Pro-Am) +4.555.