Int. one-make series newsletter 30_2017
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
September 29-October 1, 2017
Sepang / Malaysia
PCC Asia bids emotional farewell to F1 for penultimate Round 11
It was the end of an era for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as it hosted its final Formula 1 support race at Sepang International Circuit after 14 years, with a wet Round 11 heralding in one of the most competitive races of the season.
The weekend began in earnest on Friday morning as Formula 1 Race Control Operator Colin Haywood joined the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver briefing to offer a few words before a rainy practice session in the afternoon.
With intense humidity and mercurial weather conditions throughout the weekend, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia team catering tent offered a haven for roughly 100 attendees, drivers and VIPs with a high-quality spread for breakfast and lunch accompanied by livestreaming of both the Porsche and Formula 1 races.
Saturday saw a full schedule of activities for Porsche, starting with an early morning visit for the three championship table leaders to the Formula 1 Paddock club, where they gave an interview in front of dozens of Formula 1 guests to discuss their season, Porsche motorsport and the circuit. Later in the afternoon, the entire Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent Pool travelled to the Formula 1 Fanzone, where they stepped on stage for an interview before challenging a local fan in the game zone simulator.
Blue skies greeted the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon as drivers went tit-for-tat throughout the entire session, trading times up until the last minute with Team StarChase?s Philip Hamprecht finishing with the quickest lap. A second round of interviews with the pole winner and local drivers were held in the Formula 1 Paddock club following the qualifier.
On Saturday evening, the Official Porsche Party was the scene of an intimate gathering between the series? drivers, organisers and guests as they enjoyed a final moment of camaraderie in the latter stages of the season. Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Alexandre Gibot offered a few brief words of thanks and a toast to the drivers, with the evening concluding on a positive note.
Sunday afternoon saw a different tone for the series, as drivers prepared for the final round before the finale, with the mood friendly but fierce among competitors.
A surprise burst of rain just as the completed the formation lap ratcheted the drama for the already tense race, flooding the track and delaying the start behind a safety car. A thunderous battle ensued which saw Martin Ragginger take the win despite a steady stream of bold challenges from Will Bamber ? offering an action-packed weekend.
For more information please visit: www.carreracupasia.com
Porsche Carrera Cup France
September 29-October 1, 2017
Barcelona / Spain
Circuit Paul Ricard clash to decide 2017 title!
Julien Andlauer and Valentin Hasse-Clot kept the crowds at Barcelona entertained this weekend by sharing the two Porsche Carrera Cup France race wins. In addition to being treated to the sight of no fewer than 35 Porsche 911 GT3 Cups in action, the 150 Porsche guests at the event were able to admire the new Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo in the paddock.
Round five of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France shared the bill at Barcelona with the final encounter of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux as part of the Blancpain GT Endurance Series meeting which featured an entry of more than 30 GT cars, including the French GT4 series.
Florian Latorre (Martinet by Alméras) followed up his qualifying speed at Le Mans, Dijon and Magny-Cours by securing two more pole-position starts to take his total for the season to seven!
Race 1 on Saturday afternoon saw him caught napping, however, by both Julien Andlauer (Martinet by Alméras) and Joffrey de Narda (Sébastien Loeb Racing). The former went on to collect his sixth win from eight races. He was chased over the line by Joffrey de Narda and the best-placed rookie Ayhancan Güven (Attempto Racing).
The following day, Florian Latorre was handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start and the official Porsche Carrera Cup France hope of the future Valentin Hasse-Clot took advantage of the situation to pick up his first victory. The rookie ended up clear of Vincent Beltoise (Saintéloc) and Ayhancan Güven who had started from 30th on the grid!
Roar Lindland (Sébastien Loeb Racing) topped the ?B? order in both races to recover second place from Nicolas Misslin (Martinet by Alméras) in the class?s provisional standings, 16 points short of Christophe Lapierre (Sébastien Loeb Racing).
The final round of the season will take teams to Circuit Paul Ricard (Le Castellet) on October 13-15. Julien Andlauer will travel to the south of France at the top of the leaderboard with a 10-point cushion over Joffrey de Narda, while third-placed Florian Latorre sits a further 16 points adrift.
For more information please visit: http://www.porsche.com/france/sportsandevents/motorsport/customerracing/porschecups/porschecarreracupfrance/
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
October 1, 2017
Brands Hatch GP / GB
Eastwood crowned champion after photo finish showdown
The spectacular 2.4-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, famous for hosting the British Grand Prix and World Sportscar Championship between the 1960s and 1980s, was to be the setting for the closest championship finish ever seen in Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Both Porsche GB 2016 / 2017 Scholar Charlie Eastwood and Dino Zamparelli arrived tied on points at the top of the table after a season-long battle with double champion Dan Cammish. The reigning champion?s hopes of a record third title were dashed after missing two rounds and suffering two retirements in the second half of the season.
As Cammish ended the era of the first generation of ?Type 991? 911 GT3 Cup with two typically dominant wins, all eyes were on where Eastwood and Zamparelli would finish. In the first of the two races, Eastwood claimed fourth with Zamparelli right behind in fifth, handing Eastwood a slender advantage going into the final round.
The slightest of taps from behind on the first lap pushed Eastwood to sixth with Zamparelli in second trying to catch Cammish. To win the title Eastwood knew he needed fifth if Zamparelli remained second. Under huge pressure, Eastwood battled amongst a group of three cars, the advantage moving between the two championship contenders every time his position changed. As the flag fell, Eastwood and Zamparelli had both given everything, but still remained tied on points. However, with four wins to three, it was Eastwood who became the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion.
The anticipation of a tense championship finale for the headline British Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup GB attracted a crowd in excess of 35,000, boosted by the appearance of the 919 Hybrid. For those unable to attend, free-to-view national TV channel ITV4 covered all the Sunday action on a live show, also available to stream that attracts around 2m viewers.
Attending on the Sunday alone were 407 guests, many of them owners and prospects from eight Porsche Centres. Over 900 people across the weekend enjoyed the atmosphere and racing from the comfort of the Race Centre.
The attending group was able to enjoy five hosted tours of the Porsche paddock, with Eastwood making time despite the pressure to answer questions and offer an insight into the championship. Continuing to reinforce the link between Porsche in motorsport and on the road, 919 Hybrid and 911 GT3 Cup (second generation) were joined on display by 918 Spyder and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
For more information please visit: http://porscheracinggb.porsche.com/
Porsche Carrera Cup Italia
September 29-October 1, 2017
Mugello / Italia
Race action during Porsche Festival in Mugello
Gianmarco Quaresmini was the man to beat in the sixth round of the 2017 Carrera Cup Italia at Mugello. Dinamic Motorsport driver tooks the pole position, set the fastest lap and won race1 beating a very competitive Alessio Rovera (Tsunami RT), Enrico Fulgenzi (Ghinzani Arco Motorsport) and the championship leader Riccardo Pera (Ebimotors) in tricky conditions due to the light rain that started to fall after a few laps.
Quaresmini won also race 2, that was devided in two parts when it had to be started again because of a crash involving Federico Reggiani and Alex De Giacomi's cars, but he was given a 25-second penalty for not respecting the 5-minute board before the start, the same also given to Fulgenzi, who finished second.
After the race, Simone Pellegrinelli was promoted in first position, winning his first ever race in the series for Bonaldi Motorsport, while Quaresmini and Fulgenzi completed the podium. During race 2 there was a big fight between title contenders Pera and Rovera, the latest finishing seventh while the rival was forced to retire with a damaged radiator after he hits some cones used as track limits.
Rovera reduced the gap with the championship leader by 9 points and, as Pera still leads by 13, the title will be decided during a thrilling showdown in the very last round at Monza. In the Michelin Cup class, thanks to the second place in race 1 (won by De Giacomi) and the first place in race 2, The Swiss gentleman driver Ivan Jacoma (Ghinzani Arco Motorsport) is now insured to win the 2017 category title.
For more information please visit: http://www.carreracupitalia.it/ita/
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux
October 2, 2017
Barcelona / Spain
Exciting seasons finale in Barcelona
With 4 championship candidates in 4 different teams, both overall as in the B class, it promised to be an exciting final raceweekend in Barcelona. And it sure was! During Free Practice and Qualifications different drivers took the lead with minimal time gaps between them. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux raced together with the French colleagues of Porsche Carrera Cup France. This proved to be a good call again since battles on track were even more intense.
Race 1 started with Ayhancan Güven in pole position, before Dylan Derdaele and Xavier Maassen. Güven battled it out with his French competitors while Derdaele and Maassen were fighting hard for the second step on the podium. After a mistake from Maassen, Derdaele went through and his team mate Glenn Van Parijs also passed the Dutch championship leader.
Before Race 2, the championship was still undecided. All drivers were on top of their game. Exciting battles ahead with Xavier Maassen on pole position and Dylan Derdaele right behind him. Unfortunately, they touched each other in the first lap, game over for Derdaele and Maassen dropped all the way back due to damage to his car. Ayhancan Güven climbed his way up the pack, eventually winning the Benelux class followed by David Saelens and Glenn Van Parijs.
Van Parijs had a great weekend in Barcelona. The Junior driver only started racing cars this year and he won the B championship right away. Xavier Maassen is the 2017 overall Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux champion, for the second time in his carreer. We can?t wait for the 2018 season to start!
For more information check: http://www.gt3cupchallengebenelux.com