september 25, 2017 - Audi

First rookie victory in the Audi Sport TT Cup and momentum shift in title fight

The sixth round of the #audisportttcup saw a change on the winner’s step of the podium and yet another shift in the title fight. For the first time this season it was a rookie, South African Keagan Masters, who sprayed the victor’s champagne. Briton Philip Ellis took over the table lead again from Mikel Azcona. The Spaniard retired on Saturday’s race, whilst on Sunday he could only reach seventh after a jump start.

The South African national anthem played out twice on the podium in Styria. Keagan Masters became the first rookie to win this season, and he managed to do it twice in a row. The 17-year-old junior driver converted second on the grid to a victory on Saturday, and on Sunday he prevailed from pole. The South African therefore managed to break the dominance of two drivers: Up to this point, Philip Ellis and Mikel Azcona had shared all of the victories.

Mikel Azcona came to Austria as the table leader, but after two crucial mistakes he paid dearly. On Saturday, whilst dueling with his title rival Philip Ellis, he damaged his radiator and consequently had to retire his car to the pit lane. Meanwhile, Ellis occupied second place and thus took over the table lead on Saturday, which he had held since the beginning of the season up until the previous race weekend at the Nürburgring. On Sunday, Azcona received a drive through penalty for a jump start. From the back, he managed to fight his way through to seventh place. With just the finale to go, he now sits in second in the Cup rankings, 24 points behind Ellis. 50 points are still up for grabs in Hockenheim.