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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Qualifying, rd 5 at the F1 race in Hockenheim/Germany

Thiim tops time sheets at hottest qualifying of the year

Nicki Thiim (DK) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Stuttgart. Nicki Thiim (Walter Lechner Racing Team) has clinched the fastest time in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup qualifying session on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The Dane outpaced his rivals at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and relegated Kévin Estre (F/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) and Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team) to the second and third grid positions.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

“It’s great to be back up the front. In this heat the race will be hard work, but I can hardly wait,” said a satisfied Thiim. VIP-driver Patrick Dempsey encountered tough opposition amongst the 27-strong field of seasoned Cup contenders. The long distance pilot and actor takes up the sprint from 26th place.

Patrick Dempsey (USA) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Patrick Dempsey (USA)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

In sweltering summer temperatures fans were treated to a thrilling qualifying session on the storied German race track: the air temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 51 degrees made this qualifying session the hottest of the season. The best grid spots for the race on Sunday were posted in the final five minutes of the 30-minute session. After topping the time charts for much of the time, the winner of the International Cup Scholarship Earl Bamber (NZ/Fach Auto Tech) was shunted by Thiim from his top spot five minutes before the end of the session with a time of 1:43.251 minutes, followed closely by his former teammate Kévin Estre in 1:43.493 minutes. The reigning Supercup title holder held on to his pole-setting time to the end. In the final seconds, Bavaria’s Michael Ammermüller made a last ditch attempt to knock him off the front grid spot and landed on a commendable third place.

Philipp Eng (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Philipp Eng (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

The close results of the following positions are evidence of the tough competition in this international Porsche championship. With their identical 911 GT3 Cup racers, the fastest 17 drivers all posted times within a mere seven-tenths of a second. Porsche junior Sven Mueller(D/Team Project 1) scored the spot behind Bamber in fifth. “At first we were the fastest but on the second set of tyres I encountered some traffic, explained Bamber. “I improved on the stuff I got wrong on Friday,” concluded Mueller, “and now I’m quite pleased with my performance.”

Kévin Estre (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Kévin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Lining up alongside Mueller on the third grid row is his junior colleague Klaus Bachler (A/Konrad Motorsport). “It was incredibly close at the top. I’m curious to see what the weather is going to do tomorrow – whether it stays dry or rains,” said Bachler. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team), the current points’ leader and the winner of two rounds so far this season, takes up the race from seventh, with Pieter Schothorst (NL/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) on position eight.

Klaus Bachler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport) sits in twelfth: “It’s not exactly the result I’d hoped for. The conditions were difficult with lots of yellow flags out during the qualifying.” Porsche junior Alex Riberas (E/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) was disappointed with his 16th position. “I found the qualifying very tough. At first I was sitting fifth, but then the yellow flag came out while I was on my second set of tyres before I’d finished my lap,” stated the 20-year-old Spaniard.

Sven Müller (D), Earl Bamber (NZ), Alex Riberas (E), Klaus Bachler (A), Connor de Phillippi (USA), Neel Jani (CH) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Sven Müller (D), Earl Bamber (NZ), Alex Riberas (E), Klaus Bachler (A), Connor de Phillippi (USA), Neel Jani (CH)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

VIP-driver Patrick Dempsey achieved 26th at his Supercup debut: “I’m really pleased with my qualifying. I tried to brake later each lap and managed to improve considerably on my times from Friday’s free practice. But in such an incredibly strong field it wasn’t enough for a position near the front. I’m very much looking forward to the race. My first standing start at an international race will be a completely new experience for me.”

Patrick Dempsey (USA) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Patrick Dempsey (USA)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

In Sunday’s race, pole-sitter Nicki Thiim could become the fourth different winner from five races. Bamber won the season-opener in Barcelona, Giermaziak dominated in Monaco and Spielberg, and Clemens Schmid (A/Walter Lechner Racing Team) in Silverstone. A glance at the qualifying results also shows that no one as yet has emerged as a favourite. Philipp Eng (A/Team Project 1) clinched pole position in Barcelona and Spielberg, Giermaziak in Monaco, Schmid in Silverstone and now Thiim in Hockenheim.

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Sky Deutschland covers the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup from 11.35 hours CEST and broadcasts the race, as does Eurosport, live from 11.45 hours.

Qualifying Hockenheim
1. Nicki Thiim (DK/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.251 min
2. Kévin Estre (F/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing), 1:43.493
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.598
4. Earl Bamber (NZ/Fach Auto Tech), 1:43.611
5. Sven Müller (D/Team Project 1), 1:43.635
6. Klaus Bachler (A/Konrad Motorsport), 1:43.661
7. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.667
8. Pieter Schothorst (NL/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing), 1:43.691

Source:

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

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World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier returns to Porsche cockpit

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

Press Release 19/06/2014

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Spielberg/Austria

Stuttgart. Prominent guest drivers regularly take up the challenge of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Last season nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb and five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro pitted themselves against the best Porsche sprint pilots.

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

This coming weekend (20-22 June) the reigning World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier races a Project 1 team campaigned 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at round three at Spielberg (Austria), where he faces 27 Porsche specialists. The 30-year-old Volkswagen WRC pilot has already had a taste of the Supercup action last year when he contested the race in Monaco.

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

“Obviously racing on a circuit is very different from rallying. But every race driver has a passion for speed and so it’s always exciting to gain new experiences,” stated Ogier.

In 2013, the Frenchman clinched the world championship title for Volkswagen and has won four of six WRC rounds contested so far this year. Before he tackles the “Lotos Rally Poland” from 27-29 June, Ogier is eager to put in a strong performance at Spielberg.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Sébastien Loeb (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F), Sébastien Loeb (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is contested as support to Formula 1 nine times this season. One race is held at each of the eight European rounds, with the season wrapped up with a newly-scheduled double-header from 31 October to 2 November in Austin (Texas). Regarded as the pinnacle of Porsche’s 19 national one-make race series, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has become a launching platform into professional motor racing.

“We are delighted that famous guest drivers are always keen to take up the challenge in our series. Having Sébastien Ogier at Spielberg and Patrick Dempsey at Hockenheim for Porsche AG we have two prominent guest drivers with us again this season,” says Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Manager Jonas Krauss.

 

Source:  Communication Porsche AG / Motorsport Press

 

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Video In Memoriam: Sean Edwards, Will Not Forget You My Friend

In Memoriam: Sean Edwards, Will Not Forget You My Friend

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In Memoriam: Sean Edwards
Will Not Forget You My Friend
Porsche AG
Motorsports Event: Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Location: Hockenheim / Germany
Season: 2013 Season

 

The British race driver Sean Edwards was killed in a fatal accident October 15th, 2013 during a private driving training on the Queensland Raceway in Australia. The 26-year-old Edwards, who was contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, was sitting in the passenger seat as an instructor when the accident happened. This news has sparked immense regret at Porsche. Edwards has for many years been one of the most popular and successful pilots in the Porsche one-make race series.

“Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche.

In 2006, Edwards became champion in the FIA GT3 European Championship. He has competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup since 2008, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland since 2010. Sean Edwards was the son of the ex-Formula One pilot Guy Edwards.
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René Rast clinches 2nd win of season, a gala performance, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 5, F1 race Valencia/Spain

Sean Edwards (GB), René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 5 at the Formula 1 race in Valencia/Spain

René Rast clinches second win of season with a gala performance

Sean Edwards (GB), René Rast (D), Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

Stuttgart. René Rast is back in the fight for the title of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. With a gala performance on the Valencia Street Circuit, the Lechner Racing Team pilot impressively clinched his second win of the season on the street course around the America’s Cup harbour.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

The German saw the flag 11.539 seconds ahead of Sean Edwards (Konrad Motorsport) from Great Britain, who secured second place in front of the surprisingly strong FÖRCH Racing driver, Robert Lukas from Poland. With this result, Edwards now moves into the lead of the world’s fastest international one-make race series for the first time this season.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

It was René Rast’s race from start to finish. At the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the street-legal lightweight 911 GT3 RS sports car, the title defender took off from pole to immediately settle in at front of the pack.

Start, René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

While his pursuers battled for positions behind him, at times at loggerheads with each other, the winner of the season-opening round in Bahrain concentrated on extending his lead lap by lap.

Sean Edwards (GB), René Rast (D), Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

With this, he continued on from his strong showing in qualifying, in which he snubbed his rivals by clocking a stunning lap time. His third victory in Valencia after 2009 and 2010 was never under threat.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

Behind the Monaco winner Sean Edwards, Robert Lukas put in a surprising drive at the eventful race. Third place marks the first podium result in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup for the Pole, but he profited in the final lap from a spin by his compatriot ahead of him, Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team). The incident threw the two-time season winner from last year back into fifth place behind Frenchman Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing).

Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

The second rude awakening then came after the race: Due to a jumped start, Kuba Giermaziak as well as Kèvin Estre, Norbert Siedler, Christian Engelhart, Alessandro Zampedri and Mateusz Lisowksi were subsequently handed a 30-second time penalty by the stewards of the meeting. This jumbled the results dramatically with points’ leader Norbert Siedler suffering the worst consequences: The VELTINS Lechner Racing pilot from Austria was only classified as eleventh and as a result lost his points’ lead. Germany’s Christian Engelhart, who had travelled to Valencia ranking second overall and after a drive-through penalty was classified as eighth at the finish line, was then shuffled back to 15th after his false start.

As the best Supercup newcomer, Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing) saw the flag in fourth place. With his performance he replaces Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (VELTINS Lechner Racing) at the head of the rookie classification.

René Rast (winner):

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

“That was a perfect race. Taking off from first and finishing in first – it doesn’t get better than that. There was quite a melee behind me with some competitors, and that gave me the chance to build on my lead in the first lap. I then tried to drive consistently quick lap times and not be too hard on my tyres. That worked. Thank you to my team for putting a perfectly prepared car on the track for me today.”

Sean Edwards (second):

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

“What a crazy race. My start was actually quite good, but suddenly Christian Engelhart pulled alongside, and then came Kévin Estre. It was pretty tough going in the early phase. And because I had to go hard at that point, I was happy that I could conserve my tyres a little later on. For the championship second place is a great result.”

Robert Lukas (third):

Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

“It’s great to stand on the podium in third. Everything ran perfectly today. I took it real easy on my tyres early on and then the car became increasingly faster. Things really went well for us. The entire team has worked so hard over the last months for such a result, and I want to thank them very much for that.”

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Race result
1. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing Team, 30:40.893 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 11.539 seconds
3. Robert Lukas (PL), FÖRCH Racing, + 17.643
4. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 26.975
5. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT Racing, + 30.511
6. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen + 35.350

Points’ standings after 5 of 10 races *
Drivers
1. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 61 points
2. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 59
3. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing Team, 58
4. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, 49
5. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, 47
6. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, 36

* The race in Barcelona was cancelled. However, the extra points for pole position were still awarded.

Silverstone: Preview for the 6th of 10 races on 8 July

On the Silverstone Circuit, one of the world’s most storied race tracks, the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup heads into the second half of the season. Drivers rave about the ultra fast circuit, whose legendary corners Copse, Stowe and Brooklands provide a unique challenge. Last year victory went to title defender René Rast. This time, local hero Sean Edwards is eager to win the race in his native country after claiming victory at his adopted home of Monaco and to improve his title chances. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast the race live.

SOURCE: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 5 F1 race Valencia/Spain-René Rast gives his team the best time to boss birthday

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

René Rast gives his team boss pole position as a birthday present

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 5 at the Formula 1 race in Valencia/Spain

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

 At the return of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup to the Valencia Street Circuit, René Rast (Germany) takes up Sunday’s race from pole position. At the wheel of Lechner Racing’s 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which is based on the street-legal lightweight 911 GT3 RS sports car, the title defender nailed the fastest time shortly before the end of the qualifying session. Securing the best time on the street circuit around the America’s Cup harbour was a perfect birthday present for his team boss Walter Lechner Jnr.

Driving his team’s newly prepared 911, René Rast, winner of this race in 2009 and 2010, was an unbelievable 0.592 seconds quicker than the second-placed Monaco winner from Great Britain Sean Edwards (Konrad Motorsport).

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

In the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, which gains it appeal not least due its extremely tight competition and tough fights for positions, this gap is huge.

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Competing for VELTINS Lechner Racing, Norbert Siedler from Austria occupied third place another two-tenths of a second behind. The winner from Bahrain shares the second grid row with Frenchman Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing), who clinched second at Monaco.

Germany’s Christian Engelhart, the pole-sitter from Barcelona, planted his Konrad Motorsport 911 on fifth place.

Christian Engelhart (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

The sixth spot went to Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), who is still trying to find his old form this season after winning twice last year.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

As the best Supercup newcomer, Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (VELTINS Lechner Racing), leader of the rookie classification, achieved the seventh quickest time. Lining up alongside him on the fourth grid row is Robert Lukas (FÖRCH Racing) from Poland in eighth. Behind him on the ninth and tenth position, the oldest and youngest Supercup pilots stand side by side: Alessandro Zampedri (Team Bleekemolen) is 42, Poland’s Patryk Szczerbinski (VERVA Racing Team) is just 18 years old.

René Rast (pole-sitter):

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
GP Europa – Valencia 2012

“That’s my first pole this year, so I’m feeling very, very happy. My team put a perfect car on the track for me today, thanks for that. I like this circuit. We were very quick here in 2009 and 2010. Now I hope I can use this pole tomorrow to bring home a win.”

Sean Edwards (second qualifier):

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

“Today was much better than yesterday. After free practice we changed a lot on the car and that paid off. I only managed one fast lap but luckily that was good enough for a spot on the first grid row. Now we are feeling very optimistic for the race.”

Norbert Siedler (third qualifier):

 

“The third spot is really good, but I’m not particularly happy with the qualifying. The first lap was okay, but I made a braking mistake and it possibly cost me a better time.”

 

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Qualifying result
1. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing Team, 2:08.298 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.592 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 0.773
4. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.951
5. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.984
6. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, + 1.156

The race on Sunday will be broadcast live by TV stations Eurosport (11.45 hrs) and Sky Sport 1 (11.40 hrs). Moreover, Eurosport also airs highlights on Sunday at 20.30 hours in its “Motorsport Weekend Magazin”.

SOURCE: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
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Light to flag victory and points lead for Norbert Siedler Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 2, F1 race in Bahrain

Norbert Siedler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Stuttgart. Pole position, fastest race lap, victory and points lead – round two of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup couldn’t have gone better for Austria’s Norbert Siedler of VELTINS Lechner Racing.

Norbert Siedler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

In a repeat of his lightning start at the season-opener the previous day, he led the field to the first corner in his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the lightweight road-legal 911 GT3 RS sports car, and edged away from the field lap for lap. Siedler shared the podium with Christian Engelhart (Konrad Motorsport) and the winner of Saturday’s race, René Rast (Lechner Racing).

Podium Rennen 2: Christian Engelhart (D), Norbert Siedler (A), René Rast (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Podium Rennen 2: Christian Engelhart (D), Norbert Siedler (A), René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Christian Engelhart also made a virtually perfect start from position three on the grid and managed to outpace René Rast.

Christian Engelhart (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Christian Engelhart (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Early on in the race, Engelhart could shadow Siedler, but the Austrian then pulled away further. Only in the final phase of the race could Engelhart catch the leader, but he wasn’t close enough to launch a serious attack over the remainder of the race.

Norbert Siedler (A), Walter Lechner, René Rast (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Norbert Siedler (A), Walter Lechner, René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Rast lost contact to the two frontrunners early on but he didn’t come under any threat from his pursuers.

René Rast (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

With his win, Siedler moves into the lead of the points in the world’s fastest international one-make cup.

Zieldurchfahrt Rennen 2: Norbert Siedler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Zieldurchfahrt Rennen 2: Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Over the entire ten-lap race distance, spectators were treated to gripping fights for positions amongst the rest of the field.

Right at the start, Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing) overtook Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team).

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Kuba Giermaziak (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Estre’s teammate, Nicki Thiim, also duelled with Giermaziak for quite some time, but finally had to give in and settle sixth place.

Start Rennen 2 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Start Rennen 2
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

With this, Thiim was the best newcomer which put him at the top of the rookie classification. Also giving an impressive performance was former DTM pilot Renger van der Zande (Konrad Motorsport) who took up the race from the tenth grid spot and moved up through the field to finish seventh.

Nicki Thiim (DK) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (Team Bleekemolen), as well as Patryk Szczerbinski (VERVA Racing Team) as the youngest driver in the field at 18, and Stefan Rosina (FÖRCH Racing) finished in position eight to ten respectively.

Renger van der Zande (NL) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Renger van der Zande (NL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Fifth in qualifying, Sean Edwards (Konrad Motorsport), was forced into the pits when his right rear tyre valve tore off after contact with another competitor and he fell back to 14th place.

Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Ex-Formula 1 test driver Michael Ammermüller (VELTINS Lechner Racing) as well as Robert Lukas (Hermes Attempto Racing) touched in lap four. Lukas was able to continue albeit with the stewards of the race handing him a 30-second time penalty. Ammermüller, however, had to let his mechanics fix his loose rear apron which threw him back into 15th position.

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Norbert Siedler (winner):

“That was great! My start was much better than yesterday’s. I managed to control the race over the first seven laps, but in the last three my tyres were deteriorating badly. We need to improve this for the next race in Barcelona.”

 

Norbert Siedler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2012

Christian Engelhart (second):

“I drove on new tyres today, yesterday’s were used and that makes a huge different on this circuit. My start was great and I was able to get around René Rast on the outside. I could catch up to Norbert towards the end but I wasn’t able to really go for him anymore. To do this, the race would have had to be a little longer. I’m very satisfied with the weekend in Bahrain. I’m now sitting in a good position for the championship.”

René Rast (third):

“I think that was the most we could get out of today with used tyres. I couldn’t do anything with the leaders and I had no pressure from behind, so it was a somewhat quiet race for me.”

Race result
1. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 20:55.702 minutes
2. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, +0.654 seconds
3. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing, +8.086
4. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, +10.693
5. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing, +10.880
6. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, +14.527
7. Renger van der Zande (NL), Konrad Motorsport, +17.654
8. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen, +18.124
9. Patryk Szczerbinski (PL), VERVA Racing, +26.315
10. Stefan Rosina (SK), FÖRCH Racing, +30.063

Points’ standings after 2 of 10 races
Driver
1. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 40 points
2. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing, 36
3. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, 30
4. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 21
5. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, 21

Teams
1. VELTINS Lechner Racing, 53 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 52
3. Lechner Racing, 45

Rookie classification
1. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, 19 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 16
3. Renger van der Zande (NL), Konrad Motorsport, 14

Preview for the 3rd of 10 races, 12/13 May in Barcelona
As points’ leader, Norbert Siedler travels to round three of the season on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Barcelona. From the 16 races run on the demanding Circuit de Catalunya since 1993, there have been 16 different winners. Last year’s winner Sean Edwards could be the first pilot to achieve a second victory, or even the 2010 winner Norbert Siedler. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast the race live.

Source: Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup kicks off the new season in Bahrain, anniversary season of the world’s fastest international one-make race series

Start: Porsche Mobil1 Supercup

Start:
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup

Stuttgart. Twenty years of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: The anniversary season of the world’s fastest international one-make race series takes off with a double-header round on 21 and 22 April on the Bahrain International Circuit.

Heading into the season as title favourite is reigning champion René Rast from Germany with the 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Lechner Racing. Rast is looking forward to returning to the desert nation. “The last time I competed in Bahrain I won both races. I’ll be doing everything within my power to repeat that result this year,” says the Supercup champion of 2010 and 2011.

René Rast (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

As the flagship series of the 19 Porsche one-make championships worldwide, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup boasts a healthy grid line-up again this season. “

We have a balanced field and we’re also looking forward to welcoming some new teams into the Supercup family,”

says Jonas Krauss, Head of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Porsche Motorsport.

“Onboard are some eager young newcomers like Jeroen Mul coming from Formula 3, Renger van der Zande who contested the DTM in 2011, and ex-Formula 1 test driver Michael Ammermüller. This underlines once more just how attractive the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is as a spring board for a successful GT career or as a challenge for seasoned professionals.”

In Kévin Estre, the Supercup rookies have a shining example.

Kevin Estre (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

Kevin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

The Frenchman turned heads last year with his strong performances, not only claiming the Rookie of the Year title but also celebrating his first Supercup victory in Monza.

Kevin Estre (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

Kevin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

Now he is back as one of the hot favourites at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS sports car.

Joining Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing) to throw a spanner in René Rast’s plans for a hat-trick are Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS Lechner Racing), Sean Edwards from Great Britain (Konrad Motorsport) as well as the VERVA Racing pilot Kuba Giermaziak.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (PL)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

Last year, the Pole dominated in Budapest, becoming the first eastern European winner in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and went on to claim victory from the Spa-Francorchamps round. Another name on the list of title aspirants is Germany’s Christian Engelhart (Konrad Motorsport), winner of the 2011 season-opener in Istanbul.

Christian Engelhart (D) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2011

Christian Engelhart (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2011

Denmark’s Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing) is also a force to be reckoned with. The son of former DTM champion Kurt Thiim attracted attention last year with his strong performance in the German Carrera Cup.

Also making the switch from Germany’s most popular race series is the new Supercup team FÖRCH Racing.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers that are fielded in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup come off the assembly line in Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant and receive the final touches in the motorsport department at Weissach. All vehicles are technically identical. An important new feature of the 2012-spec is a 100-litre FT3 safety fuel tank.

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“The competition in the series has rarely been this high,” states Jonas Krauss at the start of the anniversary season. And he fully expects the fight for the championship to be as exciting as it was last year: Heading to the final round in 2011, six competitors still had the chance to claim the title.

The season-opening race in Bahrain is broadcast live by TV stations Eurosport and Sky – race 1 on 21 April at 11.20 hrs (Sky) and 11.30 hrs (Eurosport 2), race 2 on 22 April at 11.00 hrs (Sky and Eurosport 2). Eurosport also televises highlights at midnight on Sunday in its “Motorsport Weekend Magazin” programme.

The 2012 races

21/22.04. Bahrain / UAE
13.05. Barcelona / Spain
27.05. Monaco / Monaco
24.06. Valencia / Spain
08.07. Silverstone / Great Britain
22.07. Hockenheim / Germany
29.07. Budapest / Hungary
02.09. Spa / Belgium
09.09. Monza / Italy

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsportpress

 

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