Int. one-make series newsletter 34_2017
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
October 27-29, 2017 Mexico City / Mexico
Campbell wins final race, Ammermüller claims championship
Michael Ammermüller is the new champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The 31-year-old German, who competed for the Lechner MSG Racing Team, secured the championship title on Sunday at the final round held in Mexico City. Victory at the last race of the season, however, went to Porsche Junior Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech) ahead of Ammermüller and Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (N/Walter Lechner Racing Team).
On Saturday, Campbell dominated the 29-strong field on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and relegated Ammermüller and Dennis Olsen to positions two and three. Second place was enough to give Ammermüller a seven-point advantage to claim the crown. ?Four wins, five second places and a third ? thanks to these consistent performances I was finally able to win the Supercup. I?m very pleased about that and I?m grateful for the terrific support I received from my Lechner team,? said a beaming Ammermüller.
After eleven races run as support to the Formula 1 races, the championship titles have been awarded. Ammermüller is the 2017 champion with 193 points. The vice-championship went to Olsen with 186 points, who also took home the title as the best rookie. Campbell scored third overall with 151 points. In the B-classification for amateur drivers, Frenchman Roland Bervillé (Martinet by Almeras) won with 166 points over Egidio Perfetti (NL/MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax, 162 points) and Roar Lindland (MRS Cup-Racing, 152 points). The team championship was awarded to Lechner MSG Racing Team. In the Nations League, Germany came first (195 points) ahead of Norway (188) and Australia (159).
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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
November 3-5, 2017 Shanghai / China
Epic Porsche Carrera Cup Asia finale preludes Night of Champions celebrations
New Zealand driver Chris van der Drift was crowned the Overall 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion and legacy driver Evan Chen took Pro-Am as the series wrapped up a contentious season with an intense day of racing on Saturday at Shanghai International Circuit.
It was a whirlwind weekend filled with fans as more than 450 guests, VIPs, executives and media guests were onsite to witness the season finale. Catering to the swarming crowds was a joint hospitality held by Carrera Cup Asia with Porsche?s WEC teams offering high-end foods and featuring a café area, Porsche Driver?s Selection shop, photo booth and simulators.
Building on the cooperation between the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Porsche?s WEC teams, a special garage tour was arranged for the Porsche China Juniors and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent Pool drivers following the driver briefing on Thursday.
Guests arrived on Friday as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia held two practice sessions and several WEC garage tours for VIPs and journalists.
With a qualifier, Round 12 and Round 13 arranged for Saturday, it was a high-energy day of activities. In the morning, a Press Conference of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2018 season preview was held, with Vice President of Marketing Manfred Braeunl and Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Alexandre Gibot introducing the new calendar, new 911 GT3 Cup (991 II) and announcing the 7 Porsche China Junior Shootout candidates as well as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia?s team entry in the 12 Hours of Bathurst for the first time endurance racing ever.
On site at the Press Conference was more than 30 journalists from across China as well as legendary Le Mans driver Jacky Ickx and President and CEO of Porsche China Franz Jung.
With point leader going into the weekend Martin Ragginger starting Round 12 in P10, it was a last minute shift in potential winners as van der Drift took the win and the table lead.
Throughout the day more than 18 behind-the-scenes tours were arranged for media, guests as well as special VIPs part of the ?Money Can?t Buy? programme rewarded for the Chinese customers ordered the new Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo at the end of 2016.
Later in the afternoon, Round 13 saw a sudden shift in the podium winners as van der Drift, playing a cautious strategy to secure the championship win, ceded his P1 start and opened the way for three young drivers, including Porsche China Junior Team drivers Andrew Tang and Zhang Dasheng to occupy the final podium of the season.
The final race saw the first-ever Porsche Dealer Trophy championship win go to Team Porsche Holding after Martin Ragginger?s excellent performance throughout the season.
Ending the day of high-pressure racing on a stylish high-note was the Night of Champions. The red carpet gala, held harborside in Shanghai at the Sky Banquet, offered a classy and theatrical evening for drivers, teams, engineers to celebrate the season, with Jacky Ickx, Mark Webber, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Sascha Maassen among the star-studded guest list that included media guests.
More than 11 rewards were handed out for several categories, including best mechanic, positive spirit award and best dealer team, before the evening culminated in the official crowning of the Overall, Pro-Am and Dealer Trophy champions.
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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Japan
October 29, 2017 Fuji / Japan
Mekaru became new Series Champion by winning all races by Pole to Finish
After delaying of the starting time of 7th round GT3 Cup Challenge Japan due to heavy rain just like WEC Fuji round few weeks ago, 11 GT3 Cup cars lined up at the long straight of Fuji at 11:40. The race begun with leading by the safety car instead of normal procedure.
The rain and fog didn?t seem to reduce and the safety car stayed there for a while. Everybody though the safety car might lead all the machines for 10 laps, until the end of the race.
However, the light on the safety car turned off on sixth lap and the race begun from seventh lap. The pole sitter #21 T. MEKARU dashed into the first corner as the race leader He left away #23 T. FUNAI, who started from 2nd grid every corner, and made huge gap in 2 laps. On 9th lap, the accident occurred between second corner and Coca-Cola corner and the car stooped in the middle of the track. Because of the accident the red flag was showed and an officials of Fuji judged it was the end of the race. Mekaru won the race by pole to finish and was crowned the series champion of GT3 Cup Challenge Japan 2017.
For the Cup Class Category II, #50 SUZAKI, who started the race from 9th grid and finished at 7th, won the class title.
The 8th round of GT3 Cup Challenge was scheduled on the afternoon of the day but was canceled due to heavy rain and fog.
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