Muller soaks up the weather for victory
A wet track and 30 cars made the Porsche Supercup race a thriller as German Porsche Junior Sven Muller came on top after starting third.
Rain started to fall as the cars completed their green flag lap, meaning an aborted start and a 10-minute delay as teams changed to wet tyres.
From a safety car start, poleman Matthieu Jaminet led the pack from double winner Matteo Cairoli and Muller’s Lechner MSG Racing Team car.
Muller pounced on Cairoli, who was suffering from oversteer, coming out of Luffield and then caught up to Silverstone newcomer Jaminet. The two ran side by side out of Woodcote with Muller bagging the inside as they plunged into Copse.
Jaminet stood his ground on the damp track but Muller committed to the outside at Maggots and used the wet kerbs on the inside at Becketts to swoop through into the lead with a brave pass.
“That was an unbelievable race!” said Muller. “The conditions with heavy rain were anything but easy.”
Jaminet was able to fend off Cairoli for second who faded with his oversteer, but Josh Webster was on the tail of the Italian at flagfall. Webster was the best of the guest drivers, the early hero being Tom Sharp in his Team Parker Racing car, who gave Cairoli a hard time early on despite the car not being set-up properly for the wet.
Sharp, as a guest not eligible for points, threw caution to the wind early on but he fell to seventh as Webster, team-mate Nick Yelloly and then Robert Lukas worked a way past.
Carrera Cup GB pace-setter Dan Cammish, in his Redline Racing machine, was ninth ahead of team-mate, Porsche GB Scholarship winner Charlie Eastwood.