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Porsche Motorsport around the world – Newsletter 2 – 2012

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Motorsports: Season: Season 2012 Title: Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Felbermayr-Proton: Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet 12h Sebring

Sebring 12 Hours: Successful start for the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

The tradition-steeped race on the airfield circuit of Sebring (17 March) marked the start of the new World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the American Le Mans Series. In the WEC, works drivers Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet clinched second place in the GTE Pro class for Felbermayr-Proton at the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012 Title: Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Felbermayr-Proton: Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet 12h Sebring

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012
Title: Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Felbermayr-Proton: Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet 12h Sebring

In the amateur GTE Am category, Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti made a faultless start to the season with a victory in last year’s 911 GT3 RSR. Bad luck, however, for the Porsche drivers in the ALMS: Flying Lizards Motorsports’ 911 GT3 RSR piloted by Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer was rammed by a Ferrari in the formation lap. Bergmeister and his colleagues still managed to yield tenth place.

Wolf Henzler, Bryan Sellers and Martin Ragginger claimed ninth in the Falken Tire Porsche after an engine change.

Tribute: Hans Herrmann inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame

Hans Herrmann in Sebring Hall of Legends - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Hans Herrmann in Sebring Hall of Legends - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

The organisers of the Sebring 12 hour race pay tribute to the performances of extraordinary race drivers by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.

Hans Herrmann in Sebring Hall of Legends - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Hans Herrmann in Sebring Hall of Legends - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

In the lead up to this year’s race, Hans Herrmann received this very rare honor.

Legendary achievements: Hans Herrmann and Porsche - Source: Porsche AG

Legendary achievements: Hans Herrmann and Porsche - Source: Porsche AG

The former Porsche works driver, born 1928, won the Sebring classic twice, contributed to Porsche claiming the manufacturers’ world title in 1969 and 1970, and clinched the first overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans with Richard Attwood in 1970.

Convalescence: Works driver Timo Bernhard on the way to recovery

Timo Bernhard - Source: Porsche AG

Timo Bernhard - Source: Porsche AG

Porsche factory pilot Timo Bernhard has to take several weeks of time out. During testing with an Audi in Sebring (USA), he went off the track at high speed through no fault of his own and slammed backwards into the barrier. At hospital an injury to his cervical spine was diagnosed. An operation is not necessary. However, Bernhard has to remain in the USA for some time and is wearing a neck brace for support.

“I’ll take things easy so that I can get fit again quickly,” says the Porsche works driver. “My wife Katharina has joined me here in Florida and she’s helping me with the necessary check-up examinations. As soon as the doctors give me the clearance to fly, we’ll be back in Germany.”

Carrera Cup Asia: Tenth season features largest grid in history

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia - Season 2012 - Porsche AG

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia - Season 2012 - Porsche AG

With 27 competitors, the Carrera Cup Asia enters its tenth season with the largest grid line up in its history.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

In Shanghai and Singapore the Asian Carrera Cup runs as support to the Formula 1.

Carrera Cup Australia: Champion Craig Baird unbeatable in Melbourne

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012 Title: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Craig Baird Carrera Cup Australia

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012
Title: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Craig Baird Carrera Cup Australia

Three races, three victories and the points lead. After a faultless weekend as support to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne (16/18 March), Craig Baird elbowed Alex Davison from the top of the points’ table. Davison had led the series after winning two races at the first weekend in Adelaide (3/4 March).

Todd Kelly of the Jack Daniel's Racing team March 03, 2012 Start Carrera Cup Australia - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Todd Kelly of the Jack Daniel's Racing team March 03, 2012
Start Carrera Cup Australia - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Ex-Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen gave an impressive performance at his guest drive in Melbourne yielding two fourth places. This marked the first time at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the German. Next round: 4 to 6 May in Perth, WA.

During the Australian Grand Prix, round 2 of the 2012 Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia at the Albert Park, MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia, Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen - Round 2 of the 2012 Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Carrera Cup Deutschland: Additional race on Saturday

Start Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 04 Lausitzring 2011 - Source: Porsche AG

Start
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 04 Lausitzring 2011 - Source: Porsche AG

The German Carrera Cup takes off: In addition to the 80 kilometre race on Sunday, competitors in 2012 also contest a 60 kilometre sprint on Saturday. Also new this season is the B classification for amateurs as well as a rookie category for new-comers up to 25 years old. The price money increases by 100,000 Euro to now total more than half a million Euro. Nine race weekends with an event on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife as the highlight make up the calendar. The season kicks off on 28 April in Hockenheim.

Carrera Cup Japan: New junior driver – season highlight alongside Formula 1

Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Again in 2012, a talented young driver is given the chance to launch his career in the Carrera Cup Japan. 18-year-old Ryo Hirakawa competes with the support of Porsche Japan in a 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the Garmin Team. Hirakawa comes from formula racing and contests his first GT season. He faces tough opposition from the likes of GT aces Igor Sushko and Shinichi Yamaji from the Japanese Super GT.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Garmin Team: Ryo Hirakawa Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Garmin Team: Ryo Hirakawa Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Two Porsche Centres join the series for the first time, with Excellence Motorsports running the 100th 911 GT3 Cup imported into Japan. Okayama hosts the first of eleven races on 1 April. Season highlight: The race as support to the Japan Grand Prix in Suzuka, 5/7 October.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Shinichi Yamaji Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Shinichi Yamaji Carrera Cup Japan - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

Race notes: Record grids in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA

GT3 Cup Challenge USA - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

GT3 Cup Challenge USA - Season 2012 - Source: Porsche AG

and the GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil with 39 and 37 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup respectively.

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012 Title: GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil

Motorsports: Season: Season 2012
Title: GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil

 

+++ After just the tenth of twelve races in the GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East 2011/12, Abdulaziz Al Faisal from Saudi Arabia is the champion.

PORSCHE GT3 ROUNDS 7 AND 8 REEM CIRCUIT FEBRUARY 2012 - Season 2012 -Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Abdulaziz Al Faisal GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East - Source: Porsche AG

PORSCHE GT3 ROUNDS 7 AND 8 REEM CIRCUIT FEBRUARY 2012 - Season 2012 -Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Abdulaziz Al Faisal GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East - Source: Porsche AG

+++ Manthey Racing contracted Porsche works driver Marco Holzer for the International GT Open to race a new 911 GT3 RSR in the pan-European championship. His teammate is Britain’s Nick Tandy. The pair competes against their works driver colleague Patrick Pilet, who shares driving duties with Raymond Narac in a 911 GT3 RSR run by the IMSA Performance Matmut squad.

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsport / Porsche AG Media  Press Database  

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International Porsche Motorsport around the world – end of season round up 2011

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French GT Championship: Beltoise and Pasquali are the champions

Pro-GT by Almeras: Laurent Pasquali, Anthony Beltoise
French GT-Championship

Anthony Beltoise and Laurent Pasquali brought their campaign to a successful end with their fifth win of the season at the 13th of 14 races during the final meeting in Le Castellet (29/30 October).

Pro-GT by Almeras: Laurent Pasquali, Anthony Beltoise
French GT-Championship

With this, the pair secured the French GT Championship title with the Porsche 911 GT3 R of the proven Pro-GT by Almeras squad.

Pro-GT by Almeras
French GT-Championship

At the last race of the year, the freshly-crowned champions clinched second. Patrick Bornhauser and Laurent Groppi wrapped up the season as third overall in a Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Larbre Compétition.

Larbre Compétition: Patrick Bornhauser, Laurent Groppi
French GT-Championship

Spanish GT Championship: Strong finish earns title for Manuel Giao

Drivex-Team: Manuel Giao, Miguel Angel de Castro
Spanish GT-Championship

Victory and second place at the final round of the Spanish GT Championship on the Circuit de Cataluña near Barcelona (29/30 October) was enough for Portugal’s Manuel Giao to take out the title. Giao shared the cockpit of the 911 GT3 RSR run by the Drivex team (Madrid) with Spaniard Miguel Angel de Castro. Two wins at the penultimate race weekend in Jerez catapulted Giao (15/16 October) to the top of the points’ table.

British GT Championship: Trackspeed defends team championship

After Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman’s win in June with the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Trackspeed in Brands Hatch, fourth place at the final round of the British GT Championship in Silverstone (8 October) was enough for their British squad to retain the team title. The best Porsche pilot in the 2011 drivers’ classification is last year’s champion and owner of the Trackspeed team, David Ashburn, in third place.

US GT Championships: Porsche pilots net two titles

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Brumos Racing:

(l.-r.) Hurley Haywood, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, Dan Davis.
Grand-Am GT, Lexington/Ohio

Andrew Davis and Leh Keen won the Grand-Am GT Championship with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the famed Brumos Racing team.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Brumos Racing: Andrew Davis, Leh Keen.
Grand-Am GT, Lexington/Ohio

After the twelfth and final race (17 September) of a dramatic season, the first three driver pairings were separated by a mere four points.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Brumos Racing: Andrew Davis, Leh Keen.
Grand-Am GT, Lexington/Ohio

And another perfect result in the American World Challenge:

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Patrick Long
World Challenge, Laguna Seca

Works driver Patrick Long won the GT Championship title driving TruSpeed’s 911 GT3 Cup, which handed the squad the team championship.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Patrick Long
World Challenge, Laguna Seca

Porsche took home the manufacturers’ title.

Belcar Endurance Championship: Goossens and Soulet celebrate title with win at final

After 72 gripping laps, Marc Goossens and Maxime Soulet came out on top by a nail-biting five hundredths of a second over a Ferrari at the last race of the Belcar Endurance Championship in Spa (23 October). The Belgians had already taken the championship title early with a victory in Prospeed Competition’s Porsche 911 GT3 R on the first weekend in October at the penultimate round in Zolder.

International GT Open: Gianluca Roda crowned vice-champion

Autorlando Sport: G. L. Roda
International GT Open

Clinching vice-championship honours in the GTS class for GT3 race vehicles, the 2011 season ended successfully for Gianluca Roda.

Autorlando Sport: G. L. Roda, P. Ruberti
International GT Open

At the wheel of Autorlando Sport’s Porsche 911 GT3 R, Roda had won both races at the penultimate weekend in Monza.

P2, Autorlando Sport: (l.-r.) P. Ruberti, G. L. Roda
International GT Open

One point shy of the leader in second, he travelled to the finale on the Circuit de Cataluña near Barcelona (29/30 October), but his retirement from the second race after finishing the first in fourth robbed him of his title chance. Autorlando Sport ranks second in the team championship.

Japanese Super GT: Porsche 911 GT3 R on third

P3, Team Hankook KTR: (l. – r.)Masami Kageyama, Keiichi Suzuki, Tomonodu Fujii
Japan Super GT

Tomonodu Fujii and Masami Kageyama secured second place from the eighth and final event on the Twin Ring Motegi (15/16 October).

Team Hankook KTR: Masami Kageyama, Tomonodu Fujii
Japan Super GT

The pair took up the race from the pit lane after their Hankook KTR Porsche 911 GT3 R underwent repairs shortly before the start.

Team Hankook KTR: Masami Kageyama, Tomonodu Fujii
Japan Super GT

The squad and its drivers brought their first year of competition to a successful conclusion with an impressive third place in the championship.

Carrera Cup Asia: Keita Sawa champion after heart-stopping finale

LKM Racing: Keita Sawa
Carrera Cup Asia

Definitely not for the faint-hearted: At the twelfth and final race on the Shanghai International Circuit (23 September), 26-year-old Keita Sawa from Japan snatched third place and the championship title in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of LKM Racing with a difference of just one-point over Rodolfo Avila (Team Jebsen) from Macao.

R. Avila, A. Imperatori, K. Sawa
Carrera Cup Asia

Third overall in the fiercely-competitive Cup went to Alexandre Imperatori.

Carrera Cup Deutschland: Nick Tandy champion at second attempt

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 09 Hockenheimring 2011

With three wins, four other podium results, a fifth place and just one retirement, last year’s runner-up Nick Tandy from Great Britain (26) claimed the championship title in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by Konrad Motorsport.

Team: Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2011

Tandy is the first British driver to take home the title in the 22-year history of the German Carrera Cup.

René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB), Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 09 Hockenheimring 2011

Vice-championship honours went to his compatriot Sean Edwards, whose performance contributed to his Deutsche Post by tolimit crew securing the team championship.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 09 Hockenheimring 2011

Carrera Cup France

Carrera Cup France: Ten straight wins earn Kévin Estre the championship title

AS Events: Kévin Estre
Carrera Cup France

From the guest appearance of the Carrera Cup France in Nogaro in the southwest of France late April to the final race in Le Castellet at the end of October (29 October), Kévin Estre pocketed ten consecutive wins in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by AS Events.

AS Events: Kévin Estre
Carrera Cup France

AS Events: Kévin Estre
Carrera Cup France

After this string of successes, the 23-year-old new champion from Lyon ranks 113 points ahead of second-placed Sylvain Noël. A total of twelve races made up the 2011 calendar.

Carrera Cup Great Britain: James Sutton reclaims the title

SAS/Redline: James Sutton
Carrera Cup Great Britain

After 19 races and second place at the final round in Silverstone (16 October), James Sutton (26) once again walked away with the championship.

The SAS/Redline pilot, who was also the champion of the Carrera Cup Great Britain in 2007, wrapped up a thrilling year with a seven-point lead over his teammate Michael Meadows, who was forced to pit with a faulty tyre during the decisive final round. SAS/Redline won the team title, Nick Tandy won the last race.

Carrera Cup Italia: Alessandro Balzan defends his title

EbimotorsAlessandro Balzan
Carrera Cup Italia

At the penultimate race weekend in Vallelunga (16/18 September), Ebimotors pilot Alessandro Balzan picked up an early title win.

EbimotorsAlessandro Balzan
Carrera Cup Italia

Still, with the second straight championship title under his belt, this didn’t prevent the 31-year-old from keeping up the pressure.

EbimotorsAlessandro Balzan
Carrera Cup Italia

Balzan pocketed victory number seven and eight at the final meeting in Monza (15/16 October). Marco Mapelli was crowned vice-champion.

Ebimotors: Alessandro Balzan
Carrera Cup Italia

Carrera Cup Japan

Carrera Cup Japan: Hideto Yasuoka wins all races to become champion

Garmin Porsche: Hideto Yasuoka
Carrera Cup Japan

Eleven wins from eleven races: With this immaculate balance, 28-year-old Hideto Yasuoka concluded the season on the Twin Ring Motegi (23 October) as the undisputed champion.

P1, Garmin Porsche: Hideto Yasuoka (m.)
Carrera Cup Japan

Garmin Porsche: Hideto Yasuoka
Carrera Cup Japan

Runner-up behind the Garmin-Porsche pilot, who took up the final round as poleman, was Akira Fujita. Fujita snatched the vice-championship trophy from Kazuyoshi Takamizawa in a last ditch battle at the final race.

Garmin Porsche: Hideto Yasuoka
Carrera Cup Japan

GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East: Abdulaziz Al Faisal leads after first race

GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
Abdulaziz Al Faisal (m.)

An Austrian kicked off the new season of the GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East with a win on the Dubai Autodrome on the first weekend in November: Clemens Schmid won race one from pole position.

GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

The two-time champion, Prince Abdulaziz al Faisal, came second, but nailed the points’ lead of the drivers’ classification after winning race two of the weekend. Next meeting: at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi (11/13 November).

Race notes:

Driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the Turin-based Victor Racing team, Victor and Giovanni Coggiola win the GT2 title of the Italian GT Championship after seven race weekends.

Victory for Lucas Luhr and Arno Klasen in Manthey Racing’s 911 GT3 R at round nine of the Nuerburgring Long Distance Championship (15 October).

With three wins from a total of ten races, Porsche draws level with Audi on the list of the very best. No other race car has turned the fastest race lap more than the 911 with four lap records.

The fight for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title is decided at the double-header finale on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi as part of the Formula 1 weekend (12/13 November). Aside from points’ leader René Rast, title contenders are Kuba Giermaziak, Norbert Siedler and three other drivers.

Things go down to the wire as well in the Carrera Cup Australia, where New Zealander Craig Baird travels to the final in Sydney (2/4 December) holding a healthy points’ lead after three wins in Surfers Paradise (22/23 October) ahead of his second-placed compatriot Daniel Gaunt.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

 

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