Harry King fastest in qualifying, pole position for Marvin Klein
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Harry King (UK), BWT Lechner Racing (#6), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)
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- Penalty costs Englishman Harry King the first grid spot at the season finale of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza
- Frenchman Marvin Klein as the second fastest qualifier inherits pole position for Sunday’s race
- Series leader Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg secures the best starting position of the top three title aspirants with third
- Defending champion Larry ten Voorde from the Netherlands fifth fastest, Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich from Germany on P7
“My goal isn’t to win, I just can’t afford to retire. I have teammates around me on the grid who will watch my back. It doesn’t get better than that,” says championship leader Pereira ahead of the 15-lap race on Sunday. “It’ll be very difficult for me but I’ll do my very best,” vowed Larry ten Voorde. Ranking second in the standings, the Dutchman must finish at least second in the final race to have a chance of catching Pereira. Laurin Heinrich, on the other hand, is likely to focus on catching ten Voorde in the bid for second place. “I was at the top of the time sheets for a long stretch with my first set of tyres. When the others were even faster on fresh tyres, I didn’t catch a decent slipstream at the decisive moment,” reports the Porsche Junior, who tackles the final round ranking third overall, but has only an outside chance of taking home the title.
The fastest qualifier was Harry King from the BWT Lechner Racing squad. “I’ve come close a couple of times this season. I saved the best for last. It’s a real shame that I can’t start the race from pole position,” commented the Englishman. King received a penalty at the previous Supercup race in Zandvoort due to a collision and was subsequently demoted to fourth place on the grid at Monza.
As a result, Marvin Klein, the second fastest qualifier, inherits pole position. “In Zandvoort, I started from pole and won. I hope I can repeat that here in Monza,” said the Frenchman from the CLRT squad. Driving for the BWT Lechner Racing team, the Danish rookie Bastian Buus secured P3. Lining up on the third grid row alongside Larry ten Voorde is another rookie, Dutchman Loek Hartog, who competes for the Italian team Ombra.
The maths behind the title decision
Ahead of the last race of the year, championship leader Dylan Pereira holds an 18-point advantage over Larry ten Voorde. Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich follows another two points behind in third place. Ten Voorde must win the final round (25 points) or come second (20 points) to even catch Pereira. Heinrich only has a chance at claiming the title if he wins.
If ten Voorde finishes first, Pereira will be crowned champion with ninth place (7 points) or better. Should ten Voorde finish second, Pereira needs at least 14th place (2 points). If Pereira and ten Voorde are tied for points, the title goes to Pereira, as he has one more win to his credit (3:2).
Should Heinrich win his second race of the season, the title is Pereira’s as long as he crosses the finish line at least 11th (5 points). If Heinrich finishes second, Pereira retires and ten Voorde fails to win, then Heinrich and Pereira will be tied for points. In this case, Pereira will still be the 2022 Supercup champion due to the higher number of victories over the season.
If Dylan Pereira fails to score points on Sunday, a win would hand Larry ten Voorde his third Supercup title in a row. Second place would also be enough for the Dutchman if Heinrich does not win.
TV and internet coverage of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup finale
The eighth and final round of the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes off on Sunday (11 September 2022) at 11:50 pm CEST in the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and runs over 15 laps. The TV channels Eurosport and Sky Sport provide a live broadcast, with the streaming service f1tv.formula1.com also televising the Supercup race.
Qualifying result, race 8 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Monza (Italy)
1. Harry King (UK/BWT Lechner Racing), 1:48.753 minutes*
2. Marvin Klein (France/CLRT), +0.092 seconds
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/BWT Lechner Racing), +0.117 seconds
4. Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/BWT Lechner Racing), +0.398 seconds
5. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), +0.403 seconds
6. Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Ombra SRL), +0.415 seconds
* starts the race from P4 due to a penalty
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Qualifying, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 8, Monza (Italy): Harry King fastest in qualifying, pole position for Marvin Klein