Int. one-make series newsletter 32_2017
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
October 13-15, 2017 Hockenheimring / Germany
First win for Porsche Junior Preining ahead of the new champion Olsen
The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland has a new champion: At the penultimate race of the season on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg on Saturday, second place was enough for Norwegian Dennis Olsen to take home the crown early. ?I?m incredibly happy! Winning the title was my biggest goal. Now I?ve achieved it with my Konrad Motorsport team,? said Olsen. Victory at round 13 of the national one-make race series went to Germany?s Christian Engelhart (BLACK FALCON). His compatriot Michael Ammermüller (raceunion Huber Racing) took the flag in third.
Round 14 on Sunday saw Olsen finish again on second place at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Only Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) was faster. For the Porsche Junior, this victory marked his first in the national one-make series. ?That was a perfect end to the season. I had a dream start and I drove an immaculate race. I?m thrilled for Dennis Olsen, he totally deserves the championship title,? said Preining. Third place at Sunday?s race went to Engelhart.
For Larry Ten Voorde (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), a shunt with another vehicle in the first lap put him out of contention on Saturday. Despite this, the Dutchman had good reason to celebrate: The 21-year-old won the title in the rookie classification. ?That?s totally cool. I?m over the moon. My first year in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland was exciting and I?m proud to have gained so much trust from my team,? said Ten Voorde.
After 14 championship rounds, Olsen concluded the season as the champion with 273 points. Vice-champion in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). The racing driver from Solihull in Great Britain earned 237 points over the season. Third in the overall classification went to Ammermüller with 177 points. Triller takes home the amateur title with 172 points.
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Porsche Carrera Cup France
October 13-15, 2017 Le Castellet / France
Julien Andlauer becomes youngest PCCF champion!
Thanks to a score of seven race wins from 11 starts to his name, Julien Andlauer has emerged from the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France as the competition?s youngest ever champion after finishing clear of Joffrey de Narda and Florian Latorre. Christophe Lapierre collected his fifth ?B? title after the fight went down to the wire, while Valentin Hasse-Clot is this year?s Rookie champion and Martinet by Alméras successfully defended its Teams? crown.
Porsche France pulled out all the stops for the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France?s finale at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France where Formula 1 is poised to return in just a few months? time. Several hundred guests were treated to a busy programme, including a visit to the brand?s road car test facility and an exclusive presentation of the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. They also got to drive a virtual Forza Motorsport 7 version of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on an Xbox One X, a month before the console?s official release.
The racing action itself saw Florian Latorre take his incredible run of pole positions to nine in a row. He followed this achievement up by taking Sunday?s victory after Julien Andlauer had emerged as Saturday?s victor!
The title fight was only settled after the final clash of the year when Julien Andlauer became the Porsche Carrera Cup France?s youngest ever champion after pipping Joffrey de Narda to the title. Christophe Lapierre had to watch the end of the B classification battle from the pits, but safe in the knowledge that he could not be caught by Nicolas Misslin. Valentin Hasse-Clot concluded the season as the best-placed rookie ahead of Ayhancan Güven, while Martinet by Alméras beat Sébastien Loeb Racing to another Teams? title.
The 2018 series will star a new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup powered by a new four-litre 485hp engine and equipped with an evolution aerodynamic package. Running costs will come down, too, and the calendar is due to be published very soon.
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Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China
October 14-15, 2017 Zhejiang International Circuit / China
Porsche finishes on a high note for China GT finale in Zhejiang
JRM driver pair Pan Chao and Andrew Tang (No.777) became the first ever winners of the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China after two stunning races during the China GT?s Round 11 and 12 in Zhejiang over the weekend.
Hosted alongside the finale race of the Blancpain GT Series Asia, which has 7 Porsche entries across the GT3 and GT4 classes, the finale saw packed grandstands as spectators flocked to see the final races of the season.
The weekend kicked off with an opening ceremony that saw a traditional Chinese performance, with a folk drumming troupe laying the rhythm for a martial arts display.
Providing onsite activities for spectators was a commercial area, where sponsors and manufacturers had the chance to interact with crowds of fans throughout the entire race weekend.
Heavy rains then wet the way for Round 11 on Saturday as Pan and Tang fought hard to finish the race in fourth place in GTC class, taking home the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy China win and sealing their season victory for the Trophy in first place.
Assisting all Porsche entries were onsite race engineers and a spare parts container provided by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, which has been available to support the marque?s competitors in the China GT all-season long.
Rains continued into Round 12 on Sunday as Pan and Tang took to the track with vigor, pushing hard to earn a third place podium victory - their fourth podium finish of the season - despite already having guaranteed the Cup Trophy win. Tang expressed his gratitude for the Trophy win after the race and said he looks forward to bringing a stronger competitive spirit to the track next year.
JRM driver Zheng Hui (No.900) took the second place title for the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy standings after a late-season surge saw the single-entry driver take several podiums for the Cup Trophy.
Both races were livestreamed via Facebook and broadcast, giving a chance for viewers from across Asia and around the world to follow Porsche in the China GT.
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Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA
October 12-14, 2017 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca / USA
Final championship decisions for Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy classes
The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA drew to a close this weekend in Northern California, with two races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca full of close racing, exciting action and thrilling outcomes.
Friday?s Round 15 saw WinWard Racing?s Russell Ward score his first series victory from the pole position, taking overall race honors and the top spot in the Diamond Cup Class (for Porsche 911 997.1 versions). Ward, driving the No. 35 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, battled eventual Diamond champion Loren Beggs and AASCO Motorsports? Alex Kirby throughout the 23-lap event. Ward?s father Bryce finished fifth overall and scored his fifth Diamond Masters class victory, putting both Wards on the victory podium for the first time.
In the Platinum Class for the Porsche 911 997.2 versions, it was Sterling Collision/TruSpeed Motorsports? Ray Shahi taking his 11th victory of the season from pole position, ahead of Competition Motorsports? Jim Walsh and teammate Jim Slavik.
Only one Silver Cup class (for Porsche Cayman GT4 Cup Cars) race this season has not come down to a battle between Reardon Racing?s Jeff Kearl and Competition Motorsports? Sean McAlister. Friday was no exception, as McAlister and Kearl, both coming to Laguna Seca with backup cars following practice incidents at the previous event, battled it out, with McAlister taking pole and finishing in the top spot ahead of Kearl.
In the Silver Masters class, Competition Motorsports? Carl Tofflemire got around teammate Steve Goldman as another car spun, which made the difference in the event. Tofflemire took the win, with Goldman second.
In Saturday?s season finale, Russell Ward seemed poised for his second straight victory until a Lap 1, Turn 1 incident with another car prompted the stewards to assess Ward with a 30-second penalty. Finishing barely ahead of Alex Kirby on track, the penalty gave the victory to Kirby, with Ward second. The incident also took out Ward?s father Bryce, putting Competition Motorsports? Preston Calvert into the class lead, third overall.
Jeff Kearl took the season finale in Silver Cup Class over pole sitter Sean McAlister, while Laura Ely bested teammate and veteran Goldman for the Silver Masters win.
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