Int. one-make series newsletter 15_2017
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
June 09-11, 2017 Red Bull Ring
Dennis Olsen secures his fourth victory
At the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Porsche Junior Dennis Olsen (Konrad Motorsport) celebrated his fourth win of this year?s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The Norwegian won round six on Sunday at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in front of Nick Yelloly (GB/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and Porsche Junior Matt Campbell (AUS/Fach Auto Tech). ?Fantastic! I was a touch faster than Matt Campbell at the start and that proved decisive for the win,? said Olsen.
On Saturday, Porsche Junior Matt Campbell finished his first race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as the winner. Competing as a guest driver, the Australian won round five of the national one-make cup series ahead of Larry Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and David Kolkmann (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). ?My first win in the Carrera Cup feels fantastic. Because of the late safety car phase my advantage suddenly disappeared, but I didn?t let it throw me off balance,? said the Swabia resident.
Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) took up the race from the eleventh grid spot on Saturday. ?My first laps were great, but after a stone put a hole in my radiator, my 911 GT3 Cup lost fluid unfortunately. Under these circumstances, we were still fast,? said the youngster from Linz. Preining finished on twelfth. On Sunday, Preining was unable to finish round six. Just metres into the race, the Austrian retired after losing power. ?My start was very good but after about 50 metres my car suddenly had no propulsion. We?ll now have to look at the reasons for this,? stated Preining.
As special guests this weekend, the YouTubers inscope21, Shpendiboy and EinfachPeter as well as the Instagramer @michaelnamuert visited the Spielberg event. Porsche works driver Sven Müller gave the social media producers an insight into the life of a professional racing driver.
Races five and six were contested as part of the ADAC GT Masters. Next up as part of the DTM programme is the double-header on the Norisring from 30 June to 2 July.
For more information check: https://www.racecam.de/news
GT3 Cup Challenge Australia by Pirelli
June 09-11, 2017 Winton Motor Raceway
Love and Gilbertson sweep Winton round
Jordan Love has strengthened his lead of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli standings with a clean sweep of race victories at Winton Motor Raceway, while Anthony Gilbertson showed impressive pace in an effort to rekindle his Elite Class title hopes.
Race one marked the start of the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy ? the series? mini-series consisting of three long-distance races ? approximately 50 minutes in length ? throughout the season.
Debutant and Love?s day-to-day boss, Peter Major, led at the start of race one though Love, who dropped to fourth after a slow start, passed Major on lap 10 and pulled away to claim the race win.
Love began Sunday with an impressive race two start ? in contrast to his race one launch ? to lead into the opening corner. From there Love established a lead and was unchallenged for the remainder of the shortened 11 lap race, finishing ahead of Major and Brenton Grove.
Love repeated the feat in the third race of the weekend from Major and Grove, taking the round win and a 44 point series lead from second placed Grove.
Gilbertson had similar success in the Elite Class. After becoming the first Elite Class driver to score an outright pole position in Saturday?s qualifying, Gilbertson placed fourth outright and claimed the Elite Class win in each of the three races. John Karytinos and Sam Shahin both claimed a second and third result in the Elite Class on Sunday, however Karytinos? second place in race one handed him second in class for the round, with Shahin ? on his birthday ? claiming the last step on the Elite Class podium, extending his class lead to 22 points from Karytinos.
GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will now visit Sydney Motorsport Park as the series enters the second half of the 2017 season on July 07-09.
For more information check: http://www.gt3cupchallenge.com.au
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama
June 10-11, 2017 Montreal
GT3 Cup Canada - The Montreal F1 Grand Prix
Finding itself again in the thrilling setting of Canada's premier racing event, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama shines bright. The Montreal F1 weekend is a yearly event, which takes place on Île Ste-Hélène, a mostly manmade island built for the 1967 World Expo. Coincidentally, it was the same year that Canada celebrated its centenary. Fifty years later, Porsche was proud to be part of the celebration. With 18 entries, the anticipated race three and four of the 2017 season took place under a sunny sky and glorious weather. If having the privilege of driving on the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was not enough, drivers felt the rush of the huge crowds present that witnessed the capabilities of the Porsche GT3 Cup cars. The fans were not disappointed with the performance displayed by the drivers in the various classes.
Round 1: Saturday, June 10, 2017
After capturing pole position with just minutes remaining in the qualifying session, Scott Hargrove led the first rice in a flag-to-flag victory, continuing a perfect season. Zach Robichon who held pace for several laps until nearly the halfway mark, when Hargrove began to pull a strong gap and took the Platinum Cup win by 2.787 seconds. Seventeen-year-old Michael de Quesada held his position in third and kept his racecar clean to challenge Robichon early, but as the race progressed, Robichon increased his pace to widen the gap between them.
Gold Cup competition among the 2014 to 2016 model year Porsche GT3 Cup cars was intense. In a recurring theme, the No. 78 of 16-year-old Roman De Angelis steadily hustled neatly through Platinum traffic to take the class win against returning competitor and teammate Valerie Chiasson. Newcomer Metod Topolnik rounded out the Gold with his first race with the series.
Round 2: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Scott Hargrove took the green flag first and led the field once again in a flag-to-flag sprint to victory. Slowed only by an early caution period on Lap 1, Hargrove once again performed to perfection all weekend. The 2014 Champion is clearly making his bid for another crown.
Zach Robichon did everything he could to stay close to Hargrove in the championship. The result made for Robichon?s fourth consecutive second-place finish in four rounds of competition, keeping him in sight of Hargrove in championship points.
Remo Ruscitti tried to keep pace with the top two GT3 Cup cars starting a row ahead of him, but never quite got a run on the duo. Ruscitti earned a couple of extra and very valuable championship points with a third-place finish. His performance this weekend keeps him in third in the chase for the 2017 championship.
Roman De Angelis has earned every pole position and continued to bring top honours in Gold, managing a sixth-place finish overall. Valerie Chiasson, of Mont-Tremblant, QC, won the Yokohama Hard Charger Award. Chiasson earned the award for advancing the overall positions and, in doing so, took the second spot on the Gold podium. Metod Topolnik found early trouble but gathered things together enough to find the third spot on today?s Gold Cup podium.
For more information check: http://porschegt3cupcanada.imsa.com/