Int. one-make series newsletter 11_2017
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
May 12-14,2017 Barcelona / Spain
Ammermüller ranks first with two victories
An exciting season-opening weekend for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: At the Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona, 31 drivers kicked off the anniversary season of the Porsche one-make cup series that has run as support to the Formula 1 races for the last 25 years. In the new 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner MSG Racing Team) celebrated a perfect start to the season with two victories. On Saturday, he relegated Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team) and Daniel Cammish (Lechner MSG Racing Team) to positions two and three; on Sunday, Olsen again finished on second ahead of Porsche Junior Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech).
Thanks to Ammermüller?s two wins, Germany leads the newly created Nations League. ?It couldn?t have gone better, but in the last laps I came under huge pressure from Dennis. I didn?t make any mistakes and held on to my lead until the end,? explained Ammermüller.
Spectators on the well-filled grandstands were treated to a spectacular and action-packed second round. Porsche Junior Campbell started from pole position, however the 22-year-old Australian was not able hold onto his lead and had relinquish the front spot to Cammish in the first lap. With an adroit overtaking manoeuvre, Ammermüller swept to the front of the field and Cammish fell back to position four. Over the next twelve laps, the trio Ammermüller, Campbell and Olsen formed a spearhead at the front and battled for honours using every trick in the book. ?I got off the line well but I opted for the wrong outside racing line and lost positions. After that, I had to really fight hard. Finishing twice in second is a very good start to the season,? concluded Olsen. His junior colleague Campbell was pleased, as well: ?I am very happy with third place, especially since not everything ran as well as it could have. It?s my first Supercup season and you notice how incredibly close the competition is in this series.?
In the newly created Nations League, Germany holds the lead after two of eleven races with 40 points. Norway ranks second with 36 points, with Great Britain in third (30 points) followed by Australia (28 points). Monaco hosts the next round on the Supercup calendar from 25 to 28 May.
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GT3 Cup Challenge Japan
May 14, 2017 Fuji International Speedway
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge kicks off its 8th season at Fuji
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Japan started its season on May 14 at the Fuji Speedway. This season, which is the eighth anniversary of the event, drivers will compete in eight races / four events, three at Fuji and one at Twin Ring Motegi.
May 14 (Sun) weather: cloudy / road surface: dry
Tsubasa Mekaru won the season opener with pole to win. Try Nakao was running on second position but his fuel ran out and he stopped just before crossing the finish line. Behind Nakao, there was a battle for third place between a veteran Musashi and a rookie Hajime Onami. On final lap, it suddenly turned into the battle for second place. The veteran toppled up the rookie to finished second. Onami climbed on the podium at his first GT3 Cup Challenge race as third place.
At 16:20, about three hours after the first round, the second round started. Nakao, who aimed for revenge of previous race, and Musashi passed Mekaru who was in pole position. At the first corner of next lap, Nakao and Musashi made a mistake and Makaru took back the lead. Mekaru secured the position until checkered flag and scored back to back winning at season openers.
The battle for second place developed Nakao and Musashi. On the third lap, Nakao got a drive-through penalty for a jump-start judgment. He finished eighth after the penalty. Musashi took second place with 10 seconds gap between third place. Onami, who was in third place, suffered a painful course out at the final lap, and Toshihito Funai got third place finish.
For more information check: http://www.porsche.co.jp/ms/gt3ccj/