Int. one-make series newsletter 31_2017
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
October 5-8, 2017
Bathurst / Australia
Carrera Cup Australia hosts thriller at world-famous Bathurst 1000 event
The 6.213km circuit around Mount Panorama in the New South Wales regional town of Bathurst is one of the world?s greatest strips of racetrack, and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia last weekend visited the famous circuit for the 13th occasion in 13 seasons to host what was one of the most thrilling rounds in recent memory.
The Porsche series kicked off its weekend with the second leg of its inaugural Endurance Cup, with the 93km 15-lap race one (reduced one lap from the scheduled 99km distance) becoming the longest single driver race in the series? history.
In front of a four-day crowd of over 205,000 and an approximate two million television viewers across all on-track sessions, Carrera Cup displayed some of the most exciting race of the season across its three races.
Series leader David Wall won the opening Friday race, which saw a number of Challenge (Class B/Amateur) drivers suffer substantial damage, though all were on track for the series? second race. Saturday?s race two saw several front-runners engaged in an enthralling battle for position in the closing laps, with young gun Jaxon Evans passing Alex Davison on the outside on the final lap at the full-throttle right-hand bend entering ?The Chase?. Evans pulled off the stunning maneuver at the 285km/h corner, only to spear off seconds later on the last corner of the race.
Andre Heimgartner was the round victor with race two and race three victories, taking to the top step of the Bathurst podium from David Wall and Alex Davison ? all of whom then stepped into co-driver roles in the headline Supercars Championship race ? the Bathurst 1000.
Tim Miles was the Challenge winner for the weekend, taking a clean sweep of race wins, with Graham Williams and Marc Cini placing second and third for the round. Stephen Grove, who had a horror Bathurst round, secured the Challenge class title with one round remaining.
The series returns to the Gold Coast in two weeks for the season finale, followed by the series? Awards Night on the Sunday night.
For more information please visit: www.carreracup.com.au
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan
October 7-8, 2017
Suzuka / Japan
Takei Crowned Both Overall and Gentleman?s Class Tittles
The 10th and 11th rounds of PCCJ was held together with F1 Japanese GP. A partnership of PCCJ started support race of F1 Japanese GP in 2008 and this was 10th year anniversary of the partnership.
Qualifying session took place on Friday afternoon in heavy rain condition. Joshua Webster, who contested Super Cup this season, entered PCCJ first time. It was also first experience to race in Japan and Grand Prix circuit of Suzuka for him. Webster showed his talent by his laptime which stayed at the top of timing monitor until last minutes. However, Yuta Kamimura overcame Webster?s laptime with his last attack and took pole position for 10th round.
At the start of 10th round on Saturday afternoon, Webster passed Kamimura and took hole-shot. He led the race for a while. Kamimura, who was a graduate of Suzuka Racing School, didin?t small mistake of Webster and overtook him at Chicane. On 5th lap Webster went wide at Spoon curve and it was the end of the battle between Kamimura and Webster. Kamimura took his third win of the seasn and Webser finished at second place. After 10th round, Shinji Takei, finished the race at 6th in Overall and 3rd in Gentleman?s class, was still leading Overall championship. Kamimura as 12 points behind of Takei but still had a hope for the final round on next day.
11th and final round of PCCJ was held in Sunday morning, just before F1 Japanese GP. Webster started from pole position for the race. He won the race with pole-to-finish. Kamumura was at second grid but passed by Takei who started for 3rd grid at the start. Kamimura got back his position in opening lap and chased Webster. He could not take chance of re-start at 5th lap when a safety car left the track and finished the race at 2nd position. Takei stayed 3rd position from start to the checker flag. Takei secured the lead of championship and became Overall champion. He won Gentleman?s class tittle already at 9th round. This is first time in PCCJ history that the same driver took both Overall and Gentleman?s class tittles in the same season.
For more information, please check: http://www.porsche.co.jp/ms/pccj/top.php
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil
October 7, 2017
Goiania / Brasil
Second endurance event of the season
Porsche Império GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil had its second endurance series season event with a 300 km race in Goiania track. A field of 52 drivers teamed up in pairs, with the series regular drivers sharing their rides with international stars from other series. There were three former F1 drivers competing, along with several Stock Car Brasil stars. FIA Formula E inaugural champ Nelson Piquet Jr took part of the race in a Michelin sponsored car, as well as his younger brother Pedro Piquet, also competing with the official tire supplier colors.
In endurance races series, Cup and Challenge cars race simultaneously. Overtaking slower cars and keeping up with accurate pit stop strategies in a Le Mans inspired fashion were part of the challenge drivers were prone to.
And indeed the race remembered what happened in Le Mans earlier this year, when LMP2 cars were fighting for the lead until the final hours of the race, when Porsche #2 took the lead to win. Challenge Series cars led 37 out of 79 laps of the race, due to different strategies chosen after an early safety car intervention after an incident in the race start.
Rising star Rodrigo Baptista, coming back from Porsche Junior Programme in Lauzitsring, won the race along with experienced driver Sergio Jimenez, a former GP2 competitor. Caca Bueno, five times Stock Car Brazil champion, competed along with Sylvio de Barros and finished second.
Miguel Paludo racing with Beto Gresse ended 5th, and now the Brandt car #7 leads the endurance series. Defending his overall champion crown, Paludo is also the leader of the sprint series tournament and will line up with Nascar Xfinity Series points leader Justin Allgaier for the last race in Interlagos.
Challenge Series cars developed a lot of speed in the fast Goiania track, with the win in hands of Alan Hellmeister and Luca Seripieri car #31. Runner up car was #33, driven by French Dominique Teysseyre and Fabio Carbone, a former F3 Marlboro Masters winner in Zandvoort.
One of the highlights of the race was the final dash between Lucas Peres and Eloi Khouri, with the later prevailing by just 0.004 seconds at the finish line.
Offtrack activities had over 50 ride alongs in Porsche Experience and many exclusive VIP lounges for sponsors and their invitees, including Shell, Michelin, Castrol, Brandt, Hero, iCarros, Fremax, BSS and Movida.
For more information please visit: http://www.porschegt3cup.com.br/
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
October 4-7, 2017
Road Atlanta / USA
Porsche HT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Celebrates Season Finale at the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series closed out its 16-round season this weekend at Road Atlanta, in support of the 20th Motul Petit Le Mans headlined by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Platinum Masters and Gold Cup championships were still on the line, while Jake Eidson of Kelly-Moss Road and Race entered the weekend having already clinched the Platinum Cup title after Round 14 at Sonoma Raceway.
The 2017 GT3 Cup Challenge USA Champion Eidson didn?t rest on his laurels, bringing home a flag-to-flag win and a second-place finish during the final two rounds of competition. His impressive season includes eight wins, 14 podiums and 11 pole positions. His lowest finish was fourth, only twice. Eidson won the inaugural IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship, enabling his championship run and was recently invited to the Porsche Motorsport Junior Driver Academy shoot out.
Over 100 guests celebrated a night of champions with Eidson at the luxurious Porsche hospitality venue Friday evening. Top finishers in each class received their awards, along with special awards from Yokohama and IMSA. Each class champion also receives a commissioned painting of their car on track by Jim Swintal, a motorsports artist and IMSA race official. It is the seventh season that IMSA has commissioned these paintings for its Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA championships.
For each race weekend and for the season, the Yokohama Hard Charger Award is presented in Platinum Cup and Gold Cup for the drivers overtaking the most positions on track. In Platinum, David Baker grabbed the season-long honor, while Fred Kaimer received the accolade for Gold.
IMSA also presents the Spirit of Speed award each season to the individual or entity that best represents the true racing spirit of Porsche. This year?s recipient was also Baker, a Platinum Masters competitor that has consistently demonstrated dedication, loyalty and sportsmanship and is always in high spirits among his racing colleagues.
For more information visit: http://porschegt3cupusa.imsa.com/
Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China
October 3-5, 2017
Chengdu / China
Tough holiday battles for Porsche entries during Chengdu showdown
It was two tumultuous rounds of racing for Porsche as the China GT hosted its penultimate stop over the course of the Chinese National Holiday at Chengdu International Circuit on October 3-5.
The battle for the GT3 Cup Trophy China continued as GTC Porsche entries saw a strong race stop, starting with JRM?s Pan Chao and Andrew Tang (No.777) zipping through two qualifying sessions to earn a P1 and P2 start in Round 9 and 10 respectively. The pair transformed their excellent qualifying performances into double second place podiums in China GT GTC Class, resulting in two outright wins for the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China and bolstering a solid lead in the Cup Trophy point tables.
Hot on their tail was JRM?s Zheng Hui (No. 900) who bravely entered both 1 hour long races as a solo driver. His solid driving resulted in double second place finishes for the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China.
As has been the case all season long, Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific had an onsite race engineer to assist the racing teams and provide face-to-face after sales support in the form of a dedicated Porsche spare parts container.
Just two rounds remain for the China GT?s 2017 season as it heads to Zhejiang Circuit for Round 11 and 12 on October 21 and 22. The finale will see Pan and Tang look to balance offense and defense when mounting a challenge for a GTC championship title opportunity without sacrificing a hefty Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy lead.
For more information please visit: www.carreracupasia.com