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PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE COMES TO THE BENELUX 2013

All recent 911 GT3 Cup cars in one championship, six events in 2013

The 2013 racing season will bring the

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux

An initiative of Prospeed Competition and GT3.nl, with the support of national importers.

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GRÂCE-HOLLOGNE –The 2013 racing season will bring the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux. This Challenge is an officially supported Porsche racing platform for drivers, teams and fans in the Benelux market.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created in a joint effort with D’Ieteren Porsche Import (Belgium), Pon Porsche Import (The Netherlands) and the Luxembourg Porsche importer Autosdistribution Losch.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will be the twentieth member of a family that encompasses the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and various Porsche Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenges representing the Porsche racing DNA throughout the world…

 

Leading the way will be the second generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car. This 450bhp race car, based on the road going 911 GT3 RS, will instantly make the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux the fastest one-make Cup in the Benelux.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will also welcome the first generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car and optionally the 996-based 911 GT3 Cup car, bringing together all recent generations of modern Porsche Cup racing in one championship.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is will run several classes. The Pro-Class will see two people take the wheel of a car in the proven Pro-Am structure, joining gentleman drivers with (semi-) professional drivers, creating synergies for both.

In the Am- and Club-Class, running the first generation 997 Cup and the 996 Cup respectively, cars will be shared by two drivers as well, but only gentleman drivers are allowed.The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is planning six events for its inaugural season and will race on all major circuits in Holland and Belgium.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created by ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl, who have a longstanding relationship in racing and both have a background in Porsche dealership organisations. ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl are partners of Porsche Motorsport.

The new Challenge is an excellent opportunity for commercial partners to support participating teams, connecting their brand to the strong values of Porsche and motorsport.

The Challenge will also become an inspiring and useful relationship-marketing platform, bringing the brand closer to prospects and customers through test drives and events around the Challenge.

Jean Heinen, Director D’Ieteren Porsche Import: 

“The return of Porsche to the top category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 reaffirms the importance of motorsport for Porsche. At the same time 2013 will mark 50 years of the 911. It will be a good moment to celebrate the anniversary of this legendary car. As from next year the drivers of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will help us to communicate it even more thoroughly.”

Ray Uiterwaal, Managing DirectorPon Porsche Import: –

“Motorsport and Porsche have been inseparable since the very first car that was built, and today the racing heritage is still an essential part of the company and her cars.

With the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux we now have our own official platform to bring the Porsche values to our customers and fans, showcasing the level of performance and engineering in our cars, both on and off the racetrack.”


Michael Dreiser, Manager international One-Make Series, Dr.Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG

“The worldwide Porsche one-make series provide a stable platform for all involved parties: drivers, teams, sponsors and partners. We at Porsche Motorsport are delighted that this new GT3 Cup Challenge will take off in 2013 in the Benelux countries and would like to thank the ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl for their commitment as well as D’Ieteren Porsche Import an Pon Porsche Import for their strong support. Let’s all look forward to thrilling races.”

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Prospeed Competition organizers and GT3.nl chose to cut monobrand’s fastest Benelux 450 hp of the 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II. But first, the first generation 997 and 996 are also welcome to complete the grid. There will be three categories (Pro and Am Club, depending on the level of drivers and cars) and the schedule includes six races on circuits Belgian and Dutch.

 

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Benelux is a union of states comprising three neighbouring countries in northwestern EuropeBelgium, the Netherlands andLuxembourg. The union’s name is formed from joining the first two or three letters of each country’s name – Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg – and was first used to name the customs agreement that initiated the union (signed in 1944).[2] It is now used in a more general way to refer to the geographic, economic and cultural grouping of the three countries.

In 1951, these countries joined West Germany, France, and Italy to form the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of theEuropean Economic Community (EEC) and today’s European Union (EU).

The main institutions of the Union are the Committee of Ministers, the Parliament, the Council of the Union, the Court of Justice, the Secretariat-General, the Organization for Intellectual Property.

The Benelux Secretary-General is located in Brussels. It is the central administrative pillar of the Benelux Economic Union. It handles the secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Economic Union and the various committees and working parties. Moreover, it ensures the registry of the Benelux Court of Justice.

 

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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

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Motorsportpress

 

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup strongly represented at Daytona: Five Supercup pilots contest the 24 hour classic

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup strongly represented at Daytona

Five Supercup pilots contest the 24 hour classic 

Stuttgart. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is strongly represented at the 24 hour race in Daytona. Five drivers from the world’s fastest international one-make race series tackle the spring classic in Florida/USA with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

In recognition of their outstanding performances last season, Porsche AG has given the double Supercup champion René Rast (Germany) and Frenchman Kévin Estre as “Rookie of the Year” the chance to participate in the 50th anniversary running of the legendary sports car race on the Daytona International Speedway.

“René and Kévin displayed extraordinary prowess during the 2011 season,” says Jonas Krauss, Head of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

“So with support from Porsche, they have earned the chance to prove themselves in the fiercely-contested GT class of this long distance classic against very strong competition.”

 

Other pilots from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Daytona are Britain’s Sean Edwards and Nick Tandy as well as Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands.

Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Nick Tandy (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

On the way to his second title after 2010, René Rast celebrated five victories last year, including races on the storied Grand Prix circuits of Spa and Silverstone.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Türkei 2011

Moreover, the German won the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

“For me, Daytona is a real highlight to kick off the new season,” says Rast about his Daytona campaign with Magnus Racing.

“It’s not every day a race driver gets the chance to contest such a prestigious 24 hour race with Porsche backup. This is really something very special.”

Kévin Estre was not only the most successful Supercup newcomer by far in 2011 – he also secured his first victory in this intensely competitive one-make series in the Royal Park of Monza. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has run as support to the Formula 1 World Championship since 1993.

Estre is excited about his debut in Daytona with TRG Racing.

“I thank Porsche for this unique chance,” he says. “I’ll do my best to justify their trust and to represent the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup well.”

Kevin Estre (F) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

 

 

SOURCE:  Porsche AG Media Press Database

 

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Portrait of the champion René Rast, Boundless self confidence

Portrait of the champion René Rast

René Rast (D)

Stuttgart. His sunglasses are his trademark. White rims and coloured mirror glass – they could almost come from the hippy commune era.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

But René Rast, who celebrated his second straight title win in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday is anything but Mr Razzle Dazzle.

“I’m more of a quiet type. But if there is reason to celebrate I don’t hold back,” says the 25-year-old from Steyerberg in Germany. And he grins as cheekily as a student who places a drawing pin on his teacher’s chair and waits for him to sit down.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Ungarn 2011

At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by VELTINS Lechner Racing, he took off into the season as the clear favourite.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

But the year started slowly. At the season-opener in Istanbul he finished fifth, and in Barcelona he had to settle for seventh.

“That was nothing like the start I imagined,” he says, “but it was no reason to panic. Perhaps we were too confident after winning the title in 2010.” Naturally he felt the pressure from the huge expectations – but he didn’t lose his composure. “I approach every race cool and calm, anything else doesn’t work.”

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

His patience paid off:

In Monaco he was back in force with his first win of the season. This success in the glamorous world of the rich and famous was well deserved with drivers having to change gears 34 times per lap through the twisting labyrinth of Monte Carlo.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast explains:

“That is an incredibly difficult task. But when you’re handed your trophy in the Royal Box you quickly forget about it.”

For the title defender, this success in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur was the spark he needed after such a slow start to the season. With his win on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, where the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup ran as part of the inaugural Porsche Carrera World Cup – the greatest Porsche race in history with 100 competitors from 25 countries – he celebrated the biggest success of his career.

“Winning this race was an unforgettable experience,” he says about his tour de force on the rain-sodden famed race track. “I’d never driven a Porsche on the Nordschleife prior to this and the conditions were really challenging. The key to success was that I didn’t make one mistake.”

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

After these two victories, René Rast was the hero of the hour in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. And in Silverstone as well he proved unbeatable: On the legendary race track in the British Midlands he celebrated his third consecutive win. This catapulted him into the points’ lead. When the world’s fastest international one-make series returned to the Nürburgring for the 200th race in its successful history, René Rast was again the man to beat, and in typical Eifel conditions he continued on his winning streak with victory number four.

“That was a perfect race,” he remembers. “With regard to the championship, that was a great weekend for us.”

One of his greatest strengths is his boundless confidence. Even in critical situations he rarely loses the overview.

“René is not someone who makes silly mistakes when he’s under pressure,” says Kuba Giermaziak, who fought him hard for the title right to the final race in Abu Dhabi.

That is something the new champion has over all his rivals. “I believe in myself and I know what I can do,” he says. “Inside I’m just as tense as my opponents, but I just don’t show it on the outside.”

René Rast (D), Nick Tandy (GB), Kevin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

That is typical of René Rast:

He doesn’t regard the fierce competition in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a problem, but more as a challenge. And it was with this attitude that he competed as a tiny tot. At the age of four he contested his first race – in an electric car on a supermarket car park in Steyerberg. His opponents were good and twice his age, but still he won. Rast made a minor detour to motocross before his uncle put him in a kart. From this point on, he focused seriously on his racing career: 2003 and 2004 he contested the Formula BMW, 2005 he won the VW Polo Cup.

He climbed aboard a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the first time in 2007, and a year later was crowned champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. In his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season he won most of the races, but concluded the year as runner-up. In 2010 he took home the championship.

On the way to successfully defending his title he was at times in the lead on the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest, but technical problems with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup forced him into retirement. Although he lost the points’ lead, he didn’t lose sight of the title.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Promptly at the race in Spa-Francorchamps, where he settled for second place (“if I don’t see a chance I’d rather leave it”), he was back at the top of the table.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast (D), Team Lechner Racing
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

And again in Monza he didn’t take any risks, saw the flag in second and was more than happy:

“Things look good for the championship,” he said. “Now we just have to be up near the front in Abu Dhabi and we should have it in the bag.”

He turned this comparatively simple tactic into deeds in the United Arab Emirates capital – and took home the title.

Hartmut Kristen, René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

In a review of the season in which he secured pole position three times and the fastest race lap twice, he comments on…

… successfully defending the title:

“I’m simply thrilled and relieved. It’s difficult to describe what it means to have won this championship two times in a row. This year was even tougher than last season because there were more drivers competing who were good to take the title. To do this despite experiencing a difficult start to the season is fantastic.”

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

… the key to success:

“That is undoubtedly our streak of four wins. These successes were an enormous boost for our team and rather sobering for our opposition. We earned so many points through these wins that we didn’t have to take unnecessary risks at every race, but could be satisfied with second place.”

… his most wonderful win:

“There are two victories that shine over the others: Monaco and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Winning the race in Monaco in front of this unparalleled backdrop is something quite special for every race driver. And to be the first winner of the Porsche Carrera World Cup, the greatest Porsche race in history, will always be a highlight of my career. They were two extraordinary races this season that I won.”

… his VELTINS Lechner Racing team:

“It’s a team that every driver wishes for. We all clicked right from the start and we never had any real problems. And if things did get difficult, like at the beginning of the year when the first races didn’t go as we thought, we all found a way to overcome these hurdles. Now we know there are no problems we can’t solve.”

René Rast (D), Team Lechner Racing
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

… his strengths:

“My main strength is surely my consistency. I’m quick on all tracks. There is not one circuit where I would say it doesn’t suit me. Moreover, I don’t make many mistakes. I spend a lot of time analysing data. Often I’ll lie awake in bed and think about how I can become even quicker.”

… his dreams:

“To land a works cockpit is the dream of all race drivers, mine as well. I hope that this dream will be fulfilled one day.”

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

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SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database
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NEW VIDEO: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rds 10 at the F1 race in Abu Dhabi/UAE-René Rast celebrates 2nd Supercup title

René Rast (D), Nick Tandy (GB), Kevin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

Stuttgart. René Rast has already achieved his goal before the final race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Clinching second place at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the German from VELTINS Lechner Racing secured the championship title at the first of two final races in Abu Dhabi.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

Britain’s Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) celebrated his first win of the season on the Yas Marina Circuit in the world’s fastest international one-make race series.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

On the ultra-modern Formula 1 circuit in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Kévin Estre pulled to the head of the field from pole position.

René Rast (D), Nick Tandy (GB), Kevin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

Behind the Hermes Attempto Racing pilot from France, who has already secured the title of the BBS rookie classification in Monza, René Rast initially followed in second place. Nicky Tandy in third then put the title defender under immense pressure, and with Rast’s sights firmly set on claiming the title he finally let the Briton overtake.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

While Rast observed the fight at the front from a safe distance, Nick Tandy wasn’t at all ready to settle for second. Last year’s vice-champion had finished in second place four times this season but had yet to pocket a win which he was now determined to do. Tandy attacked the leader whenever he saw the chance and pushed the young Frenchman into making errors. He then used one of these opportunities to manoeuvre into the lead which he held to the flag. Aside from his first win of the season, he also claimed the honour of the Tudor Fastest Lap Award for the driver with the highest number of fastest laps, and was awarded a valuable Tudor wrist watch.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

With his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS street sports car, René Rast also profited from a minor error of Kévin Estre near the end of the race and secured second place.

Fourth position went to his Austrian teammate Norbert Siedler, who moved into second overall in the championship. VELTINS Lechner Racing clinched the team classification title.

Video by: Formula One Management (FOM)]

Although the fight for the title has been decided, suspense is guaranteed at the final race of season on Sunday: Trailing Rast as the new champion are five other drivers keen to take home runner-up honours.

Nick Tandy (winner):

“My first victory at last. I’ve waited for this for the entire year. It’s great that I have now finally achieved this. It was a very interesting race. Kévin was setting a blistering pace, René and I took our time watching him and hoped that he’d maybe make a mistake, which he did. Congratulations to René on his title win. After my victory today I’m heading into the race on Sunday feeling very confident. ”

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

René Rast (second):

“I’m simply thrilled and relieved. It’s difficult to describe what it means to have won this championship two times in a row. This year was even tougher than last season because there were more drivers competing who were good to take the title. We experienced a poor start to the season, but we fought our way out of this minor setback and found our old form again. This makes our success today even sweeter. In the race I tried to keep out of any trouble. Nick was quicker than me, so I let him pass. After that I just concentrated on reaching the flag safely. But then Kévin made a mistake so I used the chance. Thanks to my team for all they have done to make this victory possible.”

René Rast (D), Team Lechner Racing
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

Kévin Estre (third):

“That was a tough race. To sit in the lead with René and Nick behind you is not exactly easy. I was determined to finish on the podium and I achieved this despite making a few small mistakes. So from this point of view, I’m pleased and I now look forward to tomorrow’s race.”

Start, Kevin Estre (F), René Rast (D) vorne
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
GP Abu Dhabi 2011

Race result
1. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 31:15.317 minutes
2. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 1.549 seconds
3. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 6.232
4. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 6.658
5. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, + 10.235
6. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 10.382

Points’ standings after 10 of 11 races
Drivers
1. René Rast (D), 161 points
2. Norbert Siedler (A), 136
3. Kuba Giermaziak (PL),130
4. Nick Tandy (GB), 129
5. Sean Edwards (GB), 126
6. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 117

Teams
1. VELTINS Lechner Racing, 291 points
2. Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, 240
3. Konrad Motorsport, 218

BBS rookie classification
1. Kévin Estre (F), 107 points

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SOURCE: Public Relations and Media Motorsport press
Porsche AG Media Database

 

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 7- F1 race in Budapest/Hungary-Kuba Giermaziak 50th Supercup winner

Kuba Giermaziak 50th Supercup winner

Start – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

Stuttgart. In a turbulent rain race, Kuba Giermaziak celebrated his maiden victory in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup on the Hungaroring near Budapest.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

With his win, the Pole goes down in the successful history of the world’s fastest international one-make race series as the 50th winner out of 201 races contested so far.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

At the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS street sports car, the VERVA Racing pilot put in a brilliant drive to outpace Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen (Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit) by 18.783 seconds.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

Third place was enough for Bleekemolen’s British teammate Sean Edwards to snatch the championship lead.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Kuba Giermaziak (PL), Sean Edwards (GB) Porsche Mobil1 Supercup

Kuba Giermaziak claimed the maiden win for a Polish and East European driver by a huge margin, very rarely seen in this fiercely-contested championship. Many young pilots have used the one-make series run as support to the Formula 1 as a launching platform for extremely successful careers in international GT racing and attracted attention with performances similar to that of the youngest driver in the field at 21 years. Taking up the sprint from fifth on the grid, Giermaziak immediately shot past the first rivals and already after one lap had moved into third place. In lap four he had snatched the lead.

During the first laps on the wet Grand Prix circuit, positions changed almost by the second. Kévin Estre, the French Supercup newcomer driving for Hermes Attempto Racing, made the most of his pole position and initially defended his lead.

Kevin Estre (F) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

When he visited the gravel in the lap one, René Rast (Germany) took his place at the front. But under such difficult conditions the points’ leader from VELTINS Lechner Racing made several mistakes and fell back in the field. Over the course of the race, the title defender had to let more opponents past. With four laps to the flag, technical problems forced the German into retirement, which robbed him of his overall points’ lead.

Nick Tandy also came away from the seventh round with a disappointing result. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the Briton spun in the second lap and lost touch with the front-runners. Crossing the finish line in ninth, last year’s vice-champion very likely has to bury his title aspirations completely.

Meanwhile at the front, Kuba Giermaziak continued to pull away from his pursuers. With his VERVA Racing team, he had previously tested in the rain on the Hungaroring. Team boss Timo Rumpfkeil could implement the insight gained from this almost 1:1 in the race.

Behind the leader, Sean Edwards and Kévin Estre managed to fend off any attacks for quite some time before the Frenchman made some errors and lost contact to the front-runners to finish in fifth. For the Briton, this didn’t bring much relief.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

His teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen put him under immense pressure from behind to finally pass him shortly before the finish in the final lap to snatch second. For the two-time Supercup winner, this marked his first podium result so far this season.

Behind the Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit duo, Norbert Siedler’s stunning chase through the field was rewarded with fourth place.

Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

Taking up the race from tenth place after a poor qualifying, VELTINS Lechner Racing sent the Austrian as well as René Rast into the race on brand new rain tyres. With sixth, Robert Lukas yielded his best result this season behind his teammate Kévin Estre.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (winner):

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP Ungarn 2011

“I’m absolutely delighted with my first victory in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, and my biggest thanks go to my team. It’s incredible how hard the boys work to put a perfect car on the track for us at every race. We tested here in Budapest, luckily in rain, and that paid off. We knew we’d do very well on the wet circuit, but we hadn’t anticipated that we’d do it with such a huge advantage. Despite the awful weather conditions I didn’t make any mistakes. I’m particularly pleased for the many Polish fans who came so far this weekend to support us. Thank you all very much.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (second):

“What a great race. I started from seventh, struggled with grip at the start and lost two places. But I crawled my way up lap by lap with a couple of good overtaking manoeuvres – huge fun! I tried to be cautious with my tyres over the whole distance, even during the formation lap, and it proved very helpful at the end when the track dried up, particularly for overtaking Sean.”

Sean Edwards (third):

“Now that was one crazy race. I had a lot of fun. The grip wasn’t really great over the distance and I had to fight hard to defend my position. But there was nothing I could do about Jeroen. Still, I’m totally happy. Both cars from Abu Dhabi by tolimit on the podium, the first time this season – that’s a great result. I’m hoping we can continue like this at the next race in Spa. The championship is really exciting now.”

Race result
1. Kuba Giermaziak (PL) VERVA Racing Team, 30:12.507 minutes
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 18.783 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 19.449
4. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 21.931
5. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 23.112
6. Robert Lukas (PL), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 24.539

Drivers’ classification after 7 of 11 races
1. Sean Edwards (GB), 106 points
2. René Rast (D), 105
3. Norbert Siedler (A), 97
4. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), 90
5. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 86
6. Nick Tandy (GB), 79

Round 8 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place on 28 August as support to the Formula 1 race in Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 6 at the F1 race-Nürburgring/Germany-René Rast wins 200th Supercup race

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

René Rast wins 200th Supercup race

Kuba Giermaziak (PL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Stuttgart. The hero of the day in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup is René Rast.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by VELTINS Lechner Racing, the title defender from Frankfurt in Germany won the 200th race of the world’s fastest international one-make series on the Nuerburgring.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

René Rast (D)  – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

This marks his fourth win so far this season.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

In a gripping race under typical Eifel weather conditions, he relegated Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team) to second place and further extended his championship lead.

Start zum 200. Rennen – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

The anniversary race of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, which has run as support to the Formula 1 worldwide since 1993, started with a worried glance at the low-hanging clouds.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

When the rain stopped shortly before the start, the majority of drivers opted for slicks – with Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (Team Bleekemolen) in position 12 on the grid selecting rain tyres.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

On the partly wet track, the Dutchman fought his way through half the field in the first lap to promptly move into first place. But his blaze of glory was short-lived: The slowly drying circuit foiled any further plans.

Sharing this fate were Britain’s Nick Tandy and Frenchman Kévin Estre. The title aspirant from Konrad Motorsport and the Supercup newcomer driving for Hermes Attempto Racing had such a lively encounter in the second corner that they were thrown remorselessly to the back of the field and went home without any championship points.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

This was particularly bitter for Nick Tandy, who as reigning vice-champion has yet to notch up a victory this season and for whom this setback is possibly decisive in his bid for the title.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

At the head of the pack René Rast and the first-time pole-sitter Kuba Giermaziak delivered a tough fight for victory right to the flag. Still, the Pole drove a cautious race to clinch his best Supercup result so far.

Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Britain’s Sean Edwards, who eventually brought home third in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, posed no threat from behind.

Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Trailing the Barcelona winner, Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS Lechner Racing) secured fourth, but not before fending off a strong attack from Stefan Rosina.

Stefan Rosina (SK) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Driving for VERVA Racing, the Slovakian secured his best result to date with fifth ahead of Jeroen Bleekemolen (Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit), two-time Supercup champion from the Netherlands.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Putting in their personal best Porsche Mobil1 Supercup performance to now at the anniversary race in the Eifel were William Langhorne and Mathias Lauda. The American, who races for SANITEC Aquiles MRS Racing, finished tenth with the Konrad Motorsport pilot from Austria and son of racing legend Niki Lauda in eleventh.

René Rast (winner):

“That was a perfect race. The conditions were unbelievably tough. First it was totally wet, then dry again. When you’re at the front it’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen. You never know what to expect in the next second. It’s a lot easier for the guys behind me. They can just wait to see what I do. Towards the end I slowed the pace a little to bring my victory home safely. With an eye on the championship, this was a great weekend for us.”

René Rast (D) –  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (second):

“Congratulations to René. He drove a strong race under the most difficult conditions. As the track dried up I was quicker, in fact I could have won today. At least we had the speed. But René is not one to make silly mistakes when he’s under pressure. And I wasn’t prepared to risk anything. So now we just have to keep waiting for our first win, but I’m quite sure it’ll happen this season.”

 

Kuba Giermaziak (PL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Sean Edwards (third):

“A great race. I started from seventh on the grid and finished in third – that’s not bad under such tough conditions. In the dry we simply didn’t have the speed to attack.”

Kuba Giermaziak (PL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Race result
1. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 30:00.552 minutes
2. Kuba Giermaziak (PL) VERVA Racing Team, + 1.001 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 5.288
4. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 8.042
5. Stefan Rosina (SK), VERVA Racing Team, + 8.628
6. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 9.964

Drivers’ standings after 6 of 9 races*
1. René Rast (D), 105 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 90
3. Norbert Siedler A), 83
4. Nick Tandy (GB), 72
5. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), 70
6. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 68

* It has yet to be decided if and when there will be a replacement for the cancelled Formula 1 race in Bahrain with two rounds of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.

Round 7 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 31 July as support to the Formula 1 race in Budapest/Hungary.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 6 at the F1 race on the Nürburgring/Germany-200th anniversary race

First pole position for Kuba Giermaziak at 200th anniversary race

Stuttgart. At the 200th race in the successful history of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, Kuba Giermaziak from Poland starts from pole position on the Nürburgring on Sunday.

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (pole-sitter):

“It couldn’t have been better. I’m so thrilled with my first pole position. But we already noticed in free practice that we had the speed. The entire team prepared everything brilliantly. The Nürburgring is my absolute favourite, in fact I’m always fast here. Achieving pole position is of course a fantastic effort. Now we will try everything to turn it into a fantastic race result.”

At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the VERVA Racing team, he turned the fastest qualifying lap for the first time. At 21, Giermaziak is the youngest driver in the series and currently sits seventh overall in the championship.

Stefan Rosina (SK) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Türkei 2011

Stefan Rosina (2nd in qualifying):

“A huge compliment to my team. With two of us on the first two grid spots, it shows just how well we prepared. The race will certainly not be easy, after all we have a couple of hot-shots breathing hard down our necks. But first we’re going to enjoy this wonderful result and tomorrow we’ll be ready to fight for a top place.”

His teammate from Slovakia, Stefan Rosina, secured the second grid spot with a gap of 0.295 seconds for the anniversary race of the world’s fastest international one-make series and rounded off a strong team performance.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

René Rast (3rd in qualifying):

“I’m satisfied with third place. More important is that Nick and Sean are behind me. If I manage to beat them in the race then I can extend my points’ lead. But it looks like rain tomorrow, so in that case anything can happen.”

Behind the VERVA Racing team pilots, title defender René Rast from Germany had to settle with the third quickest time.

Nick Tandy (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Driving for VELTINS Lechner Racing, the current points’ leader and winner of three race this season tackles the anniversary event on the circuit in Germany’s Eifel region alongside his British opponent and title rival Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport).

Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011

Notching up the fifth fastest time, Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS Lechner Racing) secured a good starting position for Sunday, just like Patrick Huisman (Team Bleekemolen), the Supercup record winner from the Netherlands with sixth.

Patrick Huisman (NL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Türkei 2011

Sean Edwards from Great Britain had to settle for the seventh grid position. Driving for Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, the current number two in the championship faces a tough task in his bid to make a dent in the points’ difference between him and front-runner René Rast.

Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

This also applies to his teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

The double Supercup champion from the Netherlands occupies the eighth spot ahead of Supercup newcomer Kévin Estre (France) and Robert Lukas (Poland), the Hermes Attempto Racing duo.

Qualifying result
1. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, 2:01.791 minutes
2. Stefan Rosina (SK), VERVA Racing Team, + 0.295 seconds
3. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 0.376
4. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.433
5. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 0.568
6. Patrick Huisman (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 0.801

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200th race in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup-The highlights of a success story

Porsche Mobil1 Supercup 2011

Stuttgart. The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup has reason to celebrate:

On 24 July,the 200th race of the world’s fastest international one-make series takes off at the Nürburgring. The series has run as support to the Formula 1 races since 1993. Some interesting facts and figures of a success story:

The first race was run on 25 April 1993 as support to the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola. Victory went to Uwe Alzen, who was eventually beaten in the fight for the title by Altfrid Heger.

Uwe Alzen (GER) – Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Norisring 2010

The closest title decision came in 1997. Patrick Huisman and Oliver Mathai both had 128 points to their credit. The title went to Huisman who had won three races, whilst Mathai triumphed just once.

Patrick Huisman (l., Champion 1997 – 2000), Alessandro Zampedri (Champion 2005)

Two records were set by Wolf Henzler, the champion of the 2004 season: His nine wins and ten fastest race laps are unrivalled.

Wolf Henzler

He posted pole position eight times, matching Joerg Bergmeister’s record from the 2001 season.

Joerg Bergmeister

The most successful VIP driver was Mika Häkkinen. The eventual two-time Formula 1 World Champion won the Supercup races in Monaco and Budapest in 1993.

The most victories were claimed by Patrick Huisman. To date, the Dutchman has won 24 races – the first in 1996 at the Hockenheim round, the most recent in 2007 at Spa. In 18 races he started from pole-position – more than any other driver. A total of 48 drivers have joined the list of winners from the 199 Supercup races contested so far.

The most titles were also secured by Patrick Huisman. From 1997 to 2000 he was crowned champion four times straight.

Richard Westbrook (Champion 2006, 2007)

Two championships have been clinched by Richard Westbrook (2006, 2007) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (2008, 2009).

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NDL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Abu Dhabi  2009

As the sole drivers, Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen (2009/13 races) and Frenchman Emmanuel Collard (1996/9) climbed the podium at every race of a season. They both took five wins.

The most successful Supercup countries are Germany and the Netherlands, each with six championship titles. Next comes France with three outright wins.

The youngest overall winner was René Rast who was 23 years old when he secured the title in 2010. The oldest was Frenchman Jean-Pierre Malcher: He was 45 when he took home the championship in 1995.

René Rast (Champion 2010)

The most Supercup races were held in Monaco. The Principality hosted the series 19 times, followed by Budapest and Silverstone (18 each) as well as Hockenheim (17). All in all, the Supercup has been contested on 19 race tracks around the world.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, rd 5-F1 race in Silverstone/Great Britain-René Rast celebrated his 3rd win in a row

Start, René Rast (D) vorne – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

 

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 5 at the Formula 1 race in Silverstone/Great Britain

René Rast takes the points’ lead with third straight win

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Nick Tandy (GB), René Rast (D), Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Stuttgart. A change at the top of the points’ table in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup:

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup  – GP England 2011

In Silverstone, Germany’s René Rast celebrated his third win in a row with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by VELTINS Lechner Racing to snatch the points’ lead in the world’s fastest international one-make race series.

Nick Tandy (GB) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Behind the title defender on the time-honoured circuit, local hero Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) secured second place, with Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS Lechner Racing) in third.

Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

In Silverstone of all places, René Rast made the most of the moment. After winning in Monaco and on the Nürburgring, he not only fended off his arch rival Nick Tandy, who last year secured his first victory in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup on his home track.

On the demanding Grand Prix circuit, he also profited from Briton Sean Edwards’ unlucky weekend. Driving for the Abu Dhabi by tolimit squad, the Barcelona winner and former points’ leader didn’t quite find his usual speed neither in the partly wet qualifying nor in the race in dry conditions and had to settle for tenth. In the overall classification he ranks second two points ahead of Nick Tandy, who has finished four of the five races to now in second place.

While René Rast again demonstrated his skill with a lights-to-flag win, despite flat-spotting two tyres in the first lap, Kévin Estre narrowly missed out on a big surprise.

Kevin Estre (F) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

The Supercup rookie from France took up the race from the second row for Hermes Attempto Racing, and salvaged his fourth place behind the leading trio with a mammoth effort after facing strong opposition from Christian Engelhart (Konrad Motorsport)

Christian Engelhart (D) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Abu Dhabi by tolimit).

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

This marks his best result in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup so far.

Christian Engelhart (D)  – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Engelhart, the Istanbul winner from Germany, came fifth, with the double Supercup champion from the Netherlands yielding sixth place.

Stefan Rosina (SK) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Kuba Giermaziak (PL) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Finishing behind them were Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina and Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak of the VERVA Racing Team in seventh and eighth respectively, with the Supercup record-winner Patrick Huisman (Team Bleekemolen) from the Netherlands finishing in ninth.

Nick Tandy (GB), René Rast (D), Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

René Rast (winner):

“That was a tough race. I got away well at the start and was able to pull away a little, but then Nick got faster and faster. In the first lap I flat-spotted both front tyres, and I had to really fight with the car. Luckily I could hold on to my first place to the flag. It was a fantastic weekend for our team.”

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Nick Tandy (second):

“Obviously it would have been great to win my home race. But second place isn’t bad. I caught up to René quicker than I thought after the start which just goes to show how great our car set-up was. But I was never in a position to really attack. In the last lap I tried again but went sideways a little off the circuit. And that was that. Now we’ll try our luck on the Nürburgring.”

Nick Tandy (GB) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Norbert Siedler (third):

“My start was miserable otherwise I could have perhaps put René under pressure. But I think I can be very happy with third place in Silverstone.”

Norbert Siedler (A) – Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – GP England 2011

Race result
1. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 25:38.805 minutes
2. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.691 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 2.415
4. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 10.928
5. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, + 11.607
6. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 12.054

Drivers’ classification after 5 of 9 races*
1. René Rast (D), 85 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 74
3. Nick Tandy (GB), 72
4. Norbert Siedler A), 69
5. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 58
6. Christian Engelhart (D), 53

* It has yet to be decided if and when there will be a replacement for the cancelled Formula 1 race in Bahrain with two rounds of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.

Round 6 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 24th July as support to the Formula 1 race on the Nürburgring.

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Porsche Carrera World Cup at the Nürburgring – René Rast triumphs at greatest Porsche race in history

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

René Rast triumphs at greatest Porsche race in history

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Stuttgart. It is the greatest success of his career: On the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, René Rast won the Porsche Carrera World Cup – the greatest Porsche race in history with 100 competitors from 25 countries.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

In a gripping duel for victory on the wet time-honoured track, the German put in a strong drive for his VELTINS Lechner Racing squad, relegating his Austrian team mate Norbert Siedler to second place with a gap of 1.9 seconds. Third place went to Germany’s Lance David Arnold driving for the Motopark Oschersleben team.

Norbert Siedler (A), René Rast (D), Lance David Arnold (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Norbert Siedler (A), René Rast (D), Lance David Arnold (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Norbert Siedler (A), René Rast (D), Lance David Arnold (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

The inaugural Porsche Carrera World Cup was a huge success. Drivers raved about the challenge of one of the world’s most beautiful race tracks, as well as the excellent organization of this record-breaking event and fans experienced one-make racing at its best.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board at Porsche AG, who visited the Eifel race with other board members. “I’ve only heard positive things from the race drivers, and we’re already fielding the first questions about doing it again. As far as I’m concerned I don’t see why not, but we should order better weather.”

Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development, added: “I was particularly fascinated to see 100 of these wonderful Cup-911s competing and the incredibly exciting fight at the front. And all this under extremely difficult conditions. It was unparalleled. The images that we’ve sent around the world are certainly unique.”

The greatest Porsche race of all time was also a logistical challenge: Tyre partner Michelin supplied 550 slicks and 550 wet tyres to the Eifel, where the world’s best Porsche Cup pilots delivered an unprecedented power play. Not only the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, but also the well-supported Porsche Carrera Cups of Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and Scandinavia counted this race of records as championship rounds of their respective series and sent their stars to compete.

Start:
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Not surprisingly, right from the start, the competition was fierce on the 25.380 kilometre Nordschleife with the field of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup all racing with engine oil from Mobil 1. With torrential rain adding to the pilots’ difficulties which only stopped after the first half of the race, pole-sitter Norbert Siedler got away well after the flying start to take the lead. But in the first lap René Rast slipped past his team mate and never looked back.

However, for the reigning champion of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, his bid for the most prestigious win of the year was not a walk in the park. On the contrary: Not only did Norbert Siedler make fierce attacks on the front-runner over the course of the race, with Siedler just 0.3 seconds shy of the leader after four of six laps.

Britain’s Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) also wanted to make his mark early on – but risked too much: In an attempt to snatch second place from Norbert Siedler in the Aremberg passage he braked too late, took a journey into the grass with two wheels and slid into the barriers.

A similar fate befell seasoned Porsche Cup campaigner Uwe Alzen (Germany): As one of the great favourites, he lost contact to the lead in the first lap and ultimately had to give up all hopes when he came in to the pits after losing a wheel in a major off.

Pilots contesting the Category 2 with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from 2007 to 2009 also delivered breathtaking duels. Prevailing in the end was Timo Rumpfkeil (Motopark Oschersleben), a driver who normally stands behind the pit wall as team boss of the VERVA Racing Team in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.

Like René Rast as winner of Category 1, Rumpfkeil receives 11,000 Euro in prize money and a valuable watch from premium manufacturer Tudor.

The fight for victory continued to provide thrilling racing. Now it was Lance David Arnold who ensured that the leading duo didn’t feel too secure. The German used his wealth of Nordschleife experience to negotiate the most spectacular overtaking manoeuvre of the entire race, inching past Britain’s Sean Edwards to clinch third and celebrate his greatest success of the season so far.

At the flag, only 3.6 seconds separated him from victory. That Norbert Siedler experienced a moment fright in the closing phase of the race was of his own doing. While hunting the leader, the Austrian suddenly found himself with two wheels off the track in the Brünnchen passage but managed to quickly stave off trouble with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Others weren’t so lucky – only 86 competitors saw the flag.

Amongst those who retired were two princes:

For Carl Philip Bernadotte, son of Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the wet Nordschleife proved to be slippery turf, as it was for Abdulaziz Al Faisal, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

New Zealander Craig Baird, the world’s most successful Porsche makes cup driver with 109 victories, occupied 38th place in the VIP-911 of Porsche AG.

With the VIP-car fielded by Porsche Cars North America, Melanie Snow (USA), the ‘world’s fastest mum”, did not see the flag at her first race on the Nordschleife.

René Rast (winner):

“It’s an indescribable feeling to have won the greatest Porsche race of all time. After the start I managed to overtake Norbert in the first lap and then tried to control the race. The key to success today was that I made not one mistake. Conditions were tough out there in the rain, particularly because I’ve never driven the Porsche on the Nordschleife in the wet. It was difficult to evaluate the grip level hence I was a little cautious at the start.”

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Norbert Siedler (second):

“It’s fantastic to be second at this incredible race. René was a tad quicker than me at the start and promptly overtook me. Later I was the faster one but it simply wasn’t prudent to try to get past him. So I decided to bring home a safe second rather than risk coming home empty-handed.”

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Lance David Arnold (third):

“That was the most awesome race I’ve ever contested. It was incredible fun driving the Cup-Porsche on the Nordschleife – in the rain. That’s racing at its best! Overtaking Sean Edwards was not without risk. I almost took a trip onto the grass. But I couldn’t resist giving it a go and my chance came on the Döttinger Höhe where it dips down. From eighth at the grid to third at the flag – I’m over the moon.”

Lance David Arnold (D)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Sean Edwards new points’ leader

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

The title defender is on the upswing:

René Rast celebrated his second win of the season after Monaco with VELTINS Lechner Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

In the overall ranking, he now sits second after a slow start to the season behind Sean Edwards (Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit). The Britain nudged his compatriot Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) off the top of the points’ table. In a courageous overtaking attempt in the wet, Tandy left the track, slid into the crash barriers and went home empty-handed.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: First win of the season for Nicolas Armindo

Nicolas Armindo (F)
Porsche Carrera World Cup – Nürburgring 2011

He has waited long for this success: After winning the title last year, bad luck plagued Nicolas Armindo in his first races of the year. With his first Carrera Cup victory scored at the Porsche Carrera World Cup, the Frenchman has made an impressive comeback for his Hermes Attempto Racing squad. The title fight in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland remains tense. Each of the five rounds to date has yielded a different winner. The new points’ leader is again Sean Edwards of Team Deutsche Post by tolimit.

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Overall result Porsche Carrera World Cup
1. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 1:00:48.621 hours
2. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 1.9 seconds
3. Lance David Arnold (D), Motopark Oschersleben, + 3.6
4. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 18.0
5. Nicolas Armindo (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 29.8
6. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 33.4
7. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 37.0
8. Martin Ragginger (A), Schnabl Engineering, + 39.6
9. Patrick Huisman (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 42.1
10. Stefan Rosina (SK), VERVA Racing Team, + 1:10.8 minutes

Result Category 1
(Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from 2010 and 2011)
1. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 1:00:48.621 hours
2. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 1.9 seconds
3. Lance David Arnold (D), Motopark Oschersleben, + 3.6

Result Category 2
(Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from 2007 to 2009)
1. Timo Rumpfkeil (D), Motopark Oschersleben, + 1:02:4 minutes
2. Sveinung Tinnes Mork (N), Team Sveinung Tinnes Mork, + 1:04.1
3. Chris Harris (GB), Team Parker Racing, + 1:05.5

Class winners
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing (overall classification 1st place)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
Nicolas Armindo (F), Hermes Attempto Racing (overall classification 5th place)
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
Tim Harvey (GB), Nationwide/Motorbase (overall classification 13th place)
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing (overall classification 6th place)
Porsche Carrera Cup Italia
Alessandro Balzan (I), Ebimotors (overall classification 12th place)
Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia
Johan Kristoffersson (S), Kristoffersson Motorsport (overall classification 25th place)

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Rock legend Udo Lindenberg at the Porsche press conference on the Nürburgring

Udo Lindenberg

“The Porsche boys will swing this thing”

Stuttgart. At the Porsche press conference held on the day before the Porsche Carrera World Cup and the Nürburgring 24 hour race, Porsche head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen and Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard fielded questions from journalists.

Porsche head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen

Joining them in the Porsche Media Lounge at the Nürburgring were Melanie Snow and Craig Baird,

Craig Baird and Melanie Snow

the drivers of the VIP-cars at the Porsche Carrera World Cup – and as star guest, rock legend Udo Lindenberg.

This is what they said…

Hartmut Kristen on the further-developed Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid:

“The main priority for us was about improving efficiency. We reached this goal through targeted optimisation of the hybrid components. We reduced the weight by 50 kilograms, at the same time increasing the performance of the two electric motors from 60 to 75 kilowatts each. All of this was with the objective of improving the efficiency.”

Timo Bernhard on his second 24 hour race in two weeks:

“It’s quite exhausting obviously, but we’re trained for it. That’s our job. Both Le Mans and the Nordschleife are unbelievably demanding circuits. We’re driving both the 911 GT3 R and the 911 GT3 RSR here. The race cars are not that different in their handling, they’re both 911s after all. The 911 GT3 R is built more for top speed, the 911 GT3 RSR for more downforce. Because the competition is incredibly strong this year, our team boss Olaf Manthey decided that we should test both vehicles and then decide which one we’ll finally drive for the race. Many regard us as favourites because we won four consecutive times between 2006 and 2009. As far as I’m concerned, the most important factors are the reliability and speed of the 911 as well as having Olaf Manthey as an ingenious team boss and strategist. He lives only three kilometres away from the track and knows it and the Eifel like no other.”

Melanie Snow on her first Nordschleife race:

“Without doubt, the Porsche Carrera World Cup will be the highlight of my career. I have a great deal of respect for this circuit. You need a lot of courage on the Nordschleife to be truly fast. I will do my best and I’m very happy that Porsche Cars North America sent me here. I’ll certainly be sure to enjoy every moment.”

Craig Baird about the Porsche Carrera World Cup:

“I’ve won 109 Cup races by now, and everyone of course asks me whether this fantastic race will be the 110th. To be honest, even for me as an experienced pilot, it’ll be very difficult to match the boys who have grown up on this circuit. I was last here three years ago and I have turned just four laps in practice. Four laps in three years – that’s not exactly a lot. But I’m very much looking forward to the race and I’m proud that Porsche AG has entrusted me with the VIP-car.”

Udo Lindenberg on the 24 hour race and the fascination of Porsche:

“I bought my first Porsche in 1973 in Hamburg and spent all of my earnings from my first big gig. I’ve never regretted it, on the contrary: For me, Porsche embodies passion in its most beautiful form and I’m pleased that Porsche also leads in environmental matters with the hybrid car. We have to get the emissions down, that much is certain. And of course I hope the car wins the race. This is my first time here and I find it totally awesome. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the Porsche boys, they’ll swing this thing.”

 

Joerg Bergmeister, Marco Holzer, Patrick Long, and Richard Lietz with Udo Lindenberg with a Likörell painting he did to be auctioned for his charity project

At the press conference, Udo Lindenberg unveiled his own painting with the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, entitled:

Udo Lindenberg with a Likörell painting he did to be auctioned for his charity project

“Porsche Panic Power”. This picture will be auctioned on the internet under www.porsche.com with the proceeds going to the Udo Lindenberg charity for child aid projects in Africa.

Udo Lindenberg with a Likörell painting he did to be auctioned for his charity project

 

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Porsche Carrera World Cup on the Nürburgring 24 hour – The race of records


Stuttgart. Motorsport fans around the world wait in eager anticipation for the 25th of June, 2011.

On this day, Porsche adds yet another superlative to the history of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: At the Porsche Carrera World Cup, more than 100 participants from 25 countries contest the greatest Porsche race of all time on the legendary race track that is also dubbed the ‘green hell’.

Nürburgring circuit map, taken at German Grand Prix 1964; the legend advises…

“No driving in the Eifel (mountains) without a lap on the Nürburgring”

The race on the legendary circuit in Germany’s Eifel region with a total of 88 corners (northern loop plus the Grand Prix circuit) runs over six laps (152.268 kilometres), and is not just a case for the ‘Guinness Book of Records’.

It also poses the greatest sporting challenge imaginable for Porsche Cup pilots.

“The Nordschleife is a very tricky track,” says Uwe Brettel, General Manager Motorsport Sales at Porsche.

He sums up the fascination of this race aptly:

“The Carrera World Cup is the link between two very successful motorsport platforms: Porsche’s one-make race series and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.”

The Porsche Carrera World Cup, which takes off just prior to the 24 hour race, is not only unique because of its giant grid, but also because of the sporting significance. Quantity and quality – that was the whole idea. And it worked: The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup as the world’s fastest international one-make race series, and the well-supported Carrera Cups in Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and Scandinavia count this event as one of their regular championship rounds. Drivers will be classified for their respective series as well as for the Porsche Carrera World Cup. Also joining the action are guest drivers from other Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenges around the world.

One of the most prominent competitors is Craig Baird.

Over the course of his outstanding career, the New Zealander has notched up 109 victories in Porsche one-make race series, making him the most successful Porsche Cup pilot in the world. Porsche AG invited him back to the Nordschleife, which he knows from two 24 hour races there, to drive the VIP-car with the starting number 200.

Craig Baird (NZ)

His Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is also a feast for the eyes. Its design is an artistic interpretation of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife as the ‘green hell’ with licking flames as well as a stylized world map representing the 25 nations from which the international grid comes to contest the greatest Porsche race on earth.

At the wheel of the second VIP-911 fielded by Porsche Cars North America, Melanie Snow celebrates her race debut on the Eifel circuit.

Melanie Snow (USA)

The mother of four is one of the most well-known racers in the USA and for many years has contested the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge where she won the Gold Cup class in 2009. At the Porsche Carrera World Cup the ‘world’s fastest mum’ is the only female in the field.

The field is divided into two classes: The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with 3.6-litre engines from the 2007 to 2009 model years (400 to 420 hp) as well as the 3.8-litre version from the 2010 and 2011 model years (450 hp) are classified separately. Two sets of slicks and one set of wet tyres are permitted for each vehicle for the entire race weekend.

The starting groups, consisting of a maximum of 70 vehicles per group, take off on their journey into the “Green Hell” with a flying start (Indianapolis start). About two minutes separate each group.

So that the spectators can better recognize the vehicles, all start numbers have three-digits. The first numeral stands for the respective series from which the cars come. 0 stands for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the number 1 for the Carrera Cup France, the number 2 for the Carrera Cup Deutschland, number 3 for the Carrera Cup and the GT3 Cup Challenge Great Britain, 4 for the Carrera Cup Italia and 5 for the Carrera Cup Scandinavia. The second and third numerals are the original starting numbers with which the individual cars contest their respective series.

Prize money for the overall winner is 11,000 Euro. Second place receives 8,000 Euro, third 6,000 Euro.

“Since its market launch in 1998 we’ve built more than 2,200 units of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which are fielded in 20 one-make race series worldwide,” says Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “With the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the Nordschleife, we want to offer our brand trophy series customers worldwide another highlight.”

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Nick Tandy hopes for first win of the season

Nick Tandy tackles the Porsche Carrera World Cup as the leader of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the Briton has notched up three second places this season, but is now hoping to bring home his first victory from the demanding Nordschleife.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011

Last year’s vice-champion has prepared himself well for the race, however the three winners of this season are experienced Nordschleife pilots: For his teammate Christian Engelhart, winner of the season-opener in Istanbul, the Eifel circuit is no less familiar turf as it is for Barcelona winner Sean Edwards of Abu Dhabi by tolimit

Sean Edwards (GB)

and the VELTINS Lechner Racing pilot and reigning Supercup champion René Rast, who dominated at the Monaco round.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands is also very much looking forward to the Porsche Carrera World Cup.

“This race is a great idea,” says the two-time Supercup winner driving for the Abu Dhabi by tolimit squad. Bleekemolen has yet to secure a victory this season. “If you want to be seriously fast on the Nordschleife you need to be gutsy. But that’s exactly what race drivers love. For me, this race marks the greatest challenge of the year.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 01 Hockenheimring 2011

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland: Ideal start to the season

Unlike in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, Nick Tandy has already notched up one win from the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland this year – the points’ leader kicked off the new season perfectly with victory at the season-opener in Hockenheim. Jeroen Bleekemolen has also enjoyed a promising start: Competing for the Deutsche Post by tolimit team, the Dutchman won his home race in Zandvoort.

His compatriot Jaap van Lagen (Land Motorsport), winner at Spielberg,

Jaap van Lagen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 02 Zandvoort 2011

and Denmark’s Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing), who last weekend celebrated his first Carrera Cup victory on the Lausitzring, are all determined to earn more championship points at the Porsche Carrera World Cup.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Despite not having notched up any wins yet, Germany’s seasoned campaigner Uwe Alzen (PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive) belongs to the circle of favorites to win at the Porsche Carrera World Cup, thanks to his extensive Nordschleife experience.

Uwe Alzen (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 02 Zandvoort 2011

“I’ve already driven the Cup-Porsche on the Nordschleife and the handling of the car is very good,” says Uwe Alzen, an authority on Porsche one-make race series. “It’s going to be tight amongst the front-runners and facing so many good pilots at the top will be a tough nut to crack.”

Another race favorite is the Schnabl Engineering pilot from Austria, Martin Ragginger.

Martin Ragginger (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 02 Zandvoort 2011

Schedule Porsche Carrera World Cup

Thursday, 23 June 18.00 – 19.00 hrs Free practice
Friday, 24 June 15.25 – 16.25 hrs Qualifying
Saturday, 25 June 10.30 – 11.00 hrs Grid line-up
11.00 hrs Formation lap
11.20 – 12.35 hrs Race

TV station Eurosport broadcasts the Porsche Carrera World Cup on 25 June 2011 live from 10.45 hrs.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race report: Nicki Thiim narrowly wins turbulent race!

Start: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, round 4 on the Lausitzring

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Nicki Thiim narrowly wins turbulent race

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Stuttgart. Fourth race, fourth winner – and 24 laps of high suspense: The Lausitzring race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland was a real thriller. Cup-returnee Nicki Thiim from Denmark won his first race at Germany’s one-make series brilliantly but by a very narrow margin.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Sean Edwards (GB), Nicki Thiim (DK), Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Only 0.3 seconds separated the Hermes Attempto pilot from Sean Edwards (Great Britain, Deutsche Post by tolimit) in second.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Third place went to Nick Tandy. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the Briton heads to round five – which takes place at the Porsche Carrera World Cup as the season highlight – as points’ leader.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

On 25 June at the Nürburgring, more than 100 competitors from one-make race series worldwide tackle the greatest Porsche race in history.

Fans were treated to gripping racing already at the start of round four on the 3.748 kilometre Lausitzing.

Sean Edwards (GB), Nicki Thiim (DK), Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Tandy, who started from fourth, took the outside line and in the first corner surprised pole-sitter Thiim and second in the qualifying, Supercup champion, René Rast (Germany, Förch Racing), by passing them. Behind the leading trio a turbulent scene developed. The first victim was reigning champ Nicolas Armindo. The Frenchman (Hermes Attempto Racing) became sandwiched between two opponents and landed in the gravel trap. Two laps later it was René Rast’s turn: out after a light nudge from Robert Renauer (Germany, Herberth Motorsport). Uwe Alzen (Germany, PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive) retired as a result of the collision with Armindo.

The fight at the top was extremely gripping.

At times, only six-hundredths of a second separated Tandy, Thiim and Edwards The leader was finding it increasingly difficult to fend off the two rivals. In the ninth lap came the crunch point. At the end of the back straight, Tandy ran with understeer too far to the outside, Thiim and Edwards slipped through and were able to pull away from Tandy.

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The current points’ leader then came under pressure from Zandvoort winner Jeroen Bleekemolen (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) and Martin Ragginger (Schnabl Engineering). The Dutchman and the Austrian delivered a fair fight over much of the sprint, with Bleekemolen putting in an immaculate drive to hold the upper hand. Fourth at the flag put him in second overall, but he shares the same points’ tally as his tolimit teammate Edwards in third, followed by Ragginger in fourth.

Three Carrera Cup newcomers profited from the retirements. David Jahn from Germany finished sixth in the Lausitz, and brought home a better result than his team boss and colleague Uwe Alzen, and his second top ten result.

The 2010-rookie Stefan Wendt (Germany) planted his Attempto Racing 911 on seventh ahead of specialist Jan Seyffarth (Germany, SMS Seyffarth Motorsport). Two Cup debutants Philipp Frommenwiler (Switzerland, Attempto Racing) and Damian Sawicki (Poland, Förch Racing) celebrated their ninth and tenth place as if they were a victory.

Nicki Thiim (winner):

“The race was exciting. After Tandy snatched us both in the first corner I thought I wouldn’t regain my position. But then I noticed that he was experiencing problems so I stuck to him like glue and waited for a mistake. But at the same time I had to contend with huge pressure from Edwards. I’m so happy I’ve managed to bring home my first Carrera Cup victory!”

Sean Edwards (second):

“Great race! Even though I was obviously annoyed I missed out on my first Carrera Cup win by such a close margin. My car was perfectly set-up but it was not possible to get past Nicki unscathed.”

Nick Tandy (third):

“That was one of the most difficult races of my life. After a light nudge in the first corner with Nicki Thiim, my car no longer ran perfectly. I heard strange noises and it was very hard to control. Considering this, I’m pleased with third place and the points’ lead.”

Sean Edwards (GB), Nicki Thiim (DK), Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Race result
1. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, 34:50.590 minutes (143.739 km/h)
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 0.379 seconds
3. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 4.763
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 5.450
5. Martin Ragginger (A), Schnabl Engineering, + 5.810
6. David Jahn (D), PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, + 15.781
7. Stefan Wendt (D), Attempto Racing, + 17.995

Drivers’ classification after 4 of 9 races
1. Nick Tandy (GB), 70 points
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 62
3. Sean Edwards (GB), 62
4. Martin Ragginger (A), 42
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 39
6. Nicki Thiim (DK), 38

Team classification after 4 of 9 races
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 124 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 90
3. PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, 47

Round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes place as part of the Porsche Carrera World Cup on 25 June on the Nürburgring (combination Grand Prix circuit/Nordschleife).

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Rd 4 on the Lausitzring, qualifying: Nicki Thiim on pole position

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

Nicki Thiim relegates favorites down the grid

Stuttgart. The fight at the top of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland remains lively at round four. At the end of a gripping qualifying session Nicki Thiim snatched his first pole position. The 22-year-old Dane turned the quickest lap on the 3.478 kilometre Lausitzring circuit in 1:24.727 minutes.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Driving for Hermes Attempto Racing, he easily outstripped points’ leader Nick Tandy and last year’s winner Nicolas Armindo.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Förch Racing pilot and champion of the international Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, René Rast (Germany), planted his 911 GT3 Cup on the second grid spot, 0.163 seconds shy of the pole-sitter.

Nicki Thiim, son of former DTM champion Kurt Thiim, already contested the German Carrera Cup in 2009. After claiming third as his best result and five further top ten placings, he concluded the season ranking fifth overall as the best rookie. Thiim made a promising start to the 2011 season with third qualifying place in Hockenheim. In the race, however, his team made a wrong tyre choice which prevented a top result. After a 14th and two eighth places, the Dane heads into tomorrow’s 24-lap sprint ranking only tenth overall.

Robert Renauer (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Third in the qualifying on the Lausitzring went to Robert Renauer.

Robert Renauer (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Driving for Herberth Motorsport, the German yielded a surprising first pole position from the season-opening qualifying session. However, after missing out on two rounds, his position in the championship standings plays no role. The opposite is the case for the driver starting from the second row alongside Renauer – points’ leader Nick Tandy.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

In the final moments of the qualifying, the Briton failed to crack Thiim’s lap time. At the wheel of his Konrad Motorsport 911, last year’s second place-getter took a journey into the gravel trap.

Nick Tandy (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

The two Deutsche Post by tolimit pilots are also not particularly thrilled with their grid positions in the third row.

Sean Edwards from Great Britain already has four Supercup wins under his belt and was determined to finally achieve a top result in the German brand trophy series on the Lausitzring. Jeroen Bleekemolen had also hoped for more.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 04 Lausitzring 2011

Sitting second on the points’ table, the Dutchman has notched up a clear lights-to-flag victory at his home race in Zandvoort this season.

Austria’s Martin Ragginger (Schnabl Engineering) and Nicolas Armindo (Hermes Attempto Racing) share the fourth grid row in seventh and eighth respectively.

For the champion from France, the result is a bitter disappointment and a continuation of a difficult season so far. The two drivers behind are also seasoned campaigners in the Porsche one-make race series.

Jan Seyffarth (Germany, SMS Seyffarth Motorsport) was the 2008 Carrera Cup vice-champion, and Uwe Alzen is three-time champion of the Supercup and the Carrera Cup. In the closing phase of the qualifying, tyre damage prevented Alzen from Germany (PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive) from hunting for a better time.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race is shown live on the official website (www.porsche.de/carreracup). On 24 June, TV station Sport1 broadcasts a race review, interviews and reports from 16.30 to 17.00 hours in the ‘Carrera Cup Magazin’.

Nicki Thiim (pole-sitter):

“I could have cried with relief because until now it just wasn’t working. Mostly I’m pleased for my team. The breakthrough came today when I managed all sectors perfectly and with total concentration. The field is so incredibly close that you only have a chance when everything comes together one hundred percent.”

René Rast (second qualifier):

“I’m completely happy with second on the grid. In fact, this position could even be better than the pole. I took off from first on the grid here three years ago and was promptly overtaken by the second starter at the first corner.”

Robert Renauer (third qualifier):

“To be honest, I hadn’t expected to do so well after taking a break for the last two races. In Hockenheim I experienced bad luck from pole position. So a podium result tomorrow would be great, but I know I have a lot of drivers breathing down my neck wanting the same thing. It’ll be exciting.”

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Qualifying result:
1. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, 1:24.727 minutes
2. René Rast (D), Förch Racing, + 0.163 seconds
3. Robert Renauer (D), Herberth Motorsport, + 0.164
4. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.339
5. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 0.363
6. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 0.455
7. Martin Ragginger (A), Schnabl Engineering, + 0.490
8. Nicolas Armindo (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.533
9. Jan Seyffarth (D), SMS Seyffarth Motorsport, + 0.629
10. Uwe Alzen (D), PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive, + 0.992

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PORSCHE MOTORSPORT NEWS: Around the World Newsletter – Volume 3 – 2011

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Stuttgart.  The Motorsport Newsletter regularly provides the latest information to keep you up updated on Porsche Motorsports all around the world.

Nürburgring

Porsche Intelligent Performance: First win for Hybrid race car on the ‘Ring’ With the further-developed Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid,

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer, Patrick Long

works drivers Marco Holzer, Richard Lietz and Patrick Long clinched the maiden win for a hybrid race car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (28 May). Whilst almost all direct opponents needed three pit stops to refuel at the very fast four hour race, the innovative Porsche stopped only twice, providing the decisive advantage in the race.

Spain

Blancpain Endurance Series: Porsche trio stays at the top

With third overall at the second race of the new European GT series held on the northern Spanish track in Navarra (22 May),

(l.-r.): Raffaele Giammaria, Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti

Porsche Cup winner Gianluca Roda as well as Paolo Ruberti and Raffaele Giammaria held on to their points’ lead. After three hours and 102 laps on the 3.9 kilometre circuit, the Italian trio saw the flag 25 seconds off the winner in a 911 GT3 R of Autorlando Sport. Roda and his teammates had won the first race in Monza.

France

French GT Championship: Beltoise and Pasquali defend points’ lead
Scoring third place twice at round three of the French GT Championship in Dijon-Prenois (13/15 May), Anthony Beltoise and Laurent Pasquali defended their position at the top of the table in a 911 GT3 R fielded by Pro-GT by Almeras. Title defenders Patrick Bornhauser and Laurent Groppi finished race one ranking second in Larbre Compétition’s 911 GT3 R.

Australia

Australian GT Championship: two weekends, two Porsche wins
David Wall is the overall winner of the third race weekend on the Eastern Creek Raceway (28/29 May) west of Sydney. The reigning GT champion planted a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S on second place in race one on Saturday and won Sunday’s partly wet race. At the second race meeting in Winton (21/22 May) north of Melbourne, the overall winner of the weekend was Dean Grant in a 911 GT3 Cup S run by Vodka O Racing.

Spain

Porsche Mobil1 Supercup: Perfect Monaco weekend for the champion
Pole position, fastest race lap, light to flag win: perfect outcome for reigning champion René Rast in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of VELTINS Lechner Racing at round three in Monaco (29 May).

Britain’s Nick Tandy snatched the series’ lead with second after the 16-lap sprint. Victory at round two in Barcelona (22 May) went to Tandy’s compatriot Sean Edwards.

Nick Tandy – René Rast – Sean Edwards

Asia

Carrera Cup Asia: Four straight wins for Alexandre Imperatori

At the second race weekend in China’s Zhuhai (27/29 May) it was 24-year-old newcomer Alexandre Imperatori all the way. With these two victories in the 911 GT3 Cup of the StarChase squad, the Swiss-German has now proved unbeatable after four wins in succession.

(l.-r.): Keita Sawa, Alexandre Imperatori, Rodolfo Avila

Twice, Keita Sawa brought his 2010-spec GT3 Cup home in second. Rodolfo Avila from Macau secured the last podium spot for himself to now rank second on the points’ table.

Netherlands

Carrera Cup Deutschland: Home win for Bleekemolen, inspired show from Tandy
Jeroen Beekemolen (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) from the Netherlands scored a clear lights-to-flag victory at round two in Zandvoort. Second place went to Martin Ragginger, 3.3 seconds adrift of Bleekemolen.

(l.-r.): Martin Ragginger, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Nick Tandy

However, the hero of the 19-lap sprint on the dune circuit was Nick Tandy.

Taking up the race from the last grid spot, the Briton made a bolt through the field to finish in third. With this, the winner of the season-opener retained his points’ lead.

France

Carrera Cup France: Kevin Estre again scores a double win
The dominant driver at the third race weekend was again Kevin Estre in the 911 GT3 Cup of AS Events. With two victories and the lap record at both races (15 May) on the swiftest track of the year in Dijon-Prenois, Estre extended his lead. After a double victory in Nogaro (24 April), the Frenchman has now been unbeaten at the last four races.

Italy

Carrera Cup Italia: Maiden win for Marco Mapelli, Balzan defends points’ lead

Reigning champion Alessandro Balzan celebrated his second win of the season at round three in the Autodromo di Franciacorta near Brescia in northern Italy in an Ebimotors’ 911 GT3 Cup.

Allessandro Balzan

The second race of the weekend (14/15 May) went to his 23-year-old teammate Marco Mapelli.

Marco Mapelli

Last year, Mapelli won the Cup class of the Italian GT Championship and now contests his first Carrera Cup Italia season.

Japan

Carrera Cup Japan: Hideto Yasuoka proves invincible

Hideto Yasuoka

Victory at the 2010 finale, victory at race one of 2011 in Fuji. And now first at both races in Okayama (21/22 May): Hideto Yasuoka, a young emerging driver supported by Porsche Japan, has a strong grip on his rivals.

Behind the vice-champion, who took off from pole position and turned the fastest race lap twice in Okayama came Akira in second place.

Scandinavia

Carrera Cup Scandinavia: Robin Rudholm hits the ground running

With three straight wins at the third race weekend in Sweden’s Mantorp (21/22 May)

(l.-r.): Linus Ohlsson, Robin Rudholm, Johan Kristoffersson

reigning champion Robin Rudholm (31, Xlander Racing) increased his points’ lead slightly over 22-year-old Johan Kristoffersson (Kristoffersson Motorsport) and his 20-year-old teammate Linus Ohlsson.

Canada

GT3 Cup Challenge Canada: Gripping start of the 20th one-make race series
Two sprint races in the Calabogie Motorsports Park (14/15 May, Ontario) kicked off the first season of the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.

Fending off a hefty attack from Marco Cirone, Speed Merchants/Fiorano Racing pilot Perry Bortolotti won both heats in the Platinum Cup class for current 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Ontario, P1: Perry Bortolotti

Both races of the Gold Cup class for older models went to Martin Harvey in the GT3 Cup fielded by Wingho Motorsports Racing/McDonalds.

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