PSC Oman's Al-Zubair qualifies in 17th as Olsen claims pole for Porsche finale in Mexico
PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPER CUP
Rounds 10-11 – Mexico City, October 26th-28th, 2017
For immediate release
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
OMAN’S AL-ZUBAIR QUALIFIES IN 17TH AS OLSEN CLAIMS POLE FROM
CAMPBELL FOR MEXICAN PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPER CUP FINALE
MEXICO CITY (MEXICO): Al-Faisal Al-Zubair qualified in 17th position for the final two rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup at Mexico’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. Pole winning Norwegian driver Dennis Olsen will go head-to-head with Germany’s Michael Ammermüller to decide the outcome of the prestigious 11-round one-make race series.
Omani Al-Zubair ran for 13 laps in the qualifying session with his Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 and carded a best time of 2min 11.934sec, which was just 1.3 seconds down on the pole-winning time of 2min 11.930sec set by Olsen, the recently-crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion.
Australia’s Matt Campbell was a mere one-tenth of a second behind the Norwegian and edged Ammermüller out of second place on the grid by a mere 16/100ths of a second. Thomas Preining and Dan Cammish rounded off the top five, although thirty drivers took to the course.
“We qualified in position 17 for both of the races, but I think it was P15 for both of the races without the guest drivers who are not registered for championship points,” said FZ Racing’s Al-Faisal. “It should have been better. We had quite a good lap but the yellow flags came out and ruined that lap. Then, on my second one, I could not maximise my tyres as well as before and I got blocked. It is a very tricky circuit and the first time I am here.”
Ammermüller topped the times in Friday afternoon’s training. Al-Zubair’s team-mate carded a best lap of 1min 44.809sec during a 20lap stint on the circuit. Campbell and Mattia Drudi were his closest rivals, while Olsen was fourth. Al-Zubair ran for 21 laps, and clocked a best lap of 1min 46.098sec, which put him 18th in the rankings from the 30 starters.
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