Int. one-make series newsletter 10_2017
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
May 5-7, 2017 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
Double victory for Dennis Olsen at the Hockenheimring
Dennis Olsen (Konrad Motorsport) has made a perfect start to the new Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season. After winning Saturday?s race, the 21-year-old Norwegian went on to clinch Sunday?s second heat on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. At the wheel of his 485 bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Olsen relegated the German Michael Ammermüller (raceunion Huber Racing) and Christopher Zöchling (MRS GT-Racing) from Austria to the other podium steps in both races. ?The weekend was simply perfect! In the second race the three safety car phases made it difficult to stay focused, so that makes me all the more thrilled with my victory,? said Olsen.
Olsen was handed the winner?s trophy for his second win of the season by Albrecht Reimold. Like last year, the Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG visited the season-opening race weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A/Konrad Motorsport) also enjoyed a successful debut at the wheel of a nine-eleven. At just 18 years old, he posted an impressive grid position with fourth place in his first race, which he then managed to defend: ?Since I didn?t quite know how the tyres would perform in the race I took things a little cautiously in the beginning. But I knew that Ryan Cullen behind me was very fast and I increased the pace. That worked perfectly.? In the second race on Sunday, Preining lost control of his nine-eleven when he encountered radiator fluid left on the track after a collision amongst the backmarkers. The youngster from Linz fell back to position 18 and worked his way through the field to finish on eighth place.
A special guest at Hockenheim was YouTuber ViscaBarca, one of Germany?s most successful social media producers with over one million subscribers. He followed race one of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland live and shared his impressions from behind the scenes of the Porsche paddock on his YouTube channel and on Instagram.
The next two races of the German one-make cup will be contested from 19 to 21 May at the Lausitzring.
For more information check: http://www.racecam.de
Porsche Carrera Cup France
May 4-6, 2017 Spa-Francorchamps
Double-whammy success for Julien Andlauer at FIA WEC curtain-raiser
Seventeen-year-old Julien Andlauer (Martinet by Alméras) enjoyed a flawless weekend to get his second Porsche Carrera Cup France campaign off to a flying start thanks to a score two pole positions, wins and two fastest race laps at Spa-Francorchamps.
The 31st Porsche Carrera Cup France?s visit to Belgium attracted a field of some 40 drivers who competed ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship?s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Julien Andlauer (Martinet by Alméras) confirmed his title-winning potential by topping both qualifying sessions, before claiming Friday?s race by a handsome margin over Dylan Derdaele (not registered for the championship), Florian Latorre (Martinet by Alméras) and Vincent Beltoise (Saintéloc). Roar Lindland was the Class B victor, while the Porsche Carrera Cup France ?Espoir? Valentin Hasse-Clot came out on top in the first ?rookie? clash.
Saturday?s showdown took place four hours before the start of the 2017 FIA WEC?s second round and ended in more success for Julien Andlauer who led from lights-out to the flag. The youngster was joined on the podium by Joffrey de Narda (Sébastien Loeb Racing) and ?rookie? winner Antoine Jung (Team 85 / Bourgoin Racing). This time, the B classification was topped by Nicolas Misslin (Martinet by Alméras) who leads the class?s provisional standings after two races.
The next appearance for the drivers will be a one-off fixture ahead of June?s Le Mans 24 Hours. More than 60 Porsche 911 GT3 Cups are expected to travel from around the world to take part alongside 20 Porsche Carrera Cup France runners.
For more information check: http://www.porsche.com/france/sportsandevents/motorsport/customerracing/porschecups/porschecarreracupfrance/
Porsche Carrera Cup Japan
May 03-04, 2017 Fuji International Speedway
Philip Hamprecht won back to back in Fuji
A young German, Philip Hamprecht, who just made his debut with GT racing car at PCCA came to Japan and won two races by pole to win at 3rd and 4th round of PCCJ.
At start of 3rd round, Hamprecht took mistake and were passed by Shinji Takei from second grid and Mikasa Youichi from third grid passed. At first corner of the opening lap, Mikasa, who is leading the series by wining previous two races in Okayama, tried keep the position ahead of Hamprecht and spun in the middle of the curve. Because of this, seven cars damaged and retired from the race. The stopped by red flag and restarted after while by leading a safety car. At rolling start, Hamprecht cleared first corner and gained huge gap. He didn?t show any chance to the others and won his first race in Japan and with 911 GT3 Cup. Takei, who is leading Gentleman?s class, finished with second and Yuan Bo, who also races in PCCA, came on third.
On 4th round, Hamprecht also started from pole position. He made good start this time and won back to back. Takei came to second again after Hamprecht. PCCJ scholarship driver Yuta Kamimura, who lost his clutch at start and retired 3rd round, started from third grid. He couldn?t catch Takei and finished as his starting grid.
Next rounds will be at Fuji again on June 303 and 04. PCCA will be coming to Fuji as pervious years and there will be exhibition race together.
For more information check: http://www.porsche.co.jp/ms/pccj/
Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia
May 05-06, 2017 Ring Knutstorp
Mangs and Morin shares championship lead after premiere
Philip Morin and Jocke Mangs heads the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia points table after the premiere at Ring Knutstorp with a total of 37 points each. Guest driver Felix Rosenqvist won both heats.
Felix Rosenqvist lived up to the expectations when the opportunity to drive the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup-car of Porsche Sweden in the premiere. The internationally merited Rosenqvist won both races but as a guest driver he is not eligible for points in the championship.
Instead, it was the regular championship drivers who fought for the points and most successful of them all was Philip Morin, driving for Cirkus Karlsson Racing, and Jocke Mangs from team bennys. Morin, who was the runner up in the championship last year, was second and fourth, while Mangs took to the podium twice, ending up third in both races.
Lukas Sundahl qualified in second place for both races but his tire pressure was too high on the drying circuit and his rain tires overheated in the Friday race. Sundahl?s second place turned into a sixth place. In the second heat, Sundahl, had better luck. With a second place in the race he scored the maximum points, but he still wasn?t satisfied. At one point he used his headlights to show Rosenqvist his intentions.
Felix Rosenqvist was of course happy with his guest appearance in Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. He admitted Sundahl was applying the pressure in the second heat but he never saw the headlights blinking.
?He probably tried to stress me a bit, but I didn?t notice it. I was only told afterwards,? said Rosenqvist.
Behind Rosenqvist, Mangs, Morin and Sundahl, Robin Hanson (4th and 6th), Oscar Palm (5th and 5th) and Lars-Bertil Rantzow (7th and 7th) was noted for the best results of the weekend. Rantzow also won both races in the new Masters Cup, for drivers of 40 years and older.
Mark Webber, invited by Porsche Sweden, followed the Friday race.
For more information check: http://www.carreracup.se/
GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux
May 6, 2017 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux / FIA World Endurance Championship
A great first meet-up on the mythical track of Spa-Francorchamps during FIA WEC Six Hours of Spa. Dylan Derdaele couldn?t wish for a better season-starter, winning both races to claim maximum championship. Exciting races, packed grand stands and happy drives both on and off track. A promising start for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux 2017.
The setting around the prestigious FIA WEC championship is impressive to say the least. World?s best endurance drivers battling it out in race cars with the most high-end technology. This professional organisation and mythical track formed the perfect base for 2 sprint races of the fastest one make series in the Benelux. Just like last year, these races were combined with Porsche Carrera Cup France.
After a seamless start, 39 Porsches blasted up Eau Rouge at a staggering pace. Dylan Derdaele had a strong start climbing his way up to second in general, leading the Benelux class. Jürgen Van Hover battled intensely for second with Xavier Maassen but kept his spot after a mistake by Maassen. Yannick Hoogaars ended in third, taking advantage of Maassen?s mistake.
The start of the second race was at least as exciting. Dylan Derdaele soon took the lead in the Benelux class and controlled the race. Didier Van Dalen and Xavier Maassen passed pole sitter Guven. In the end, it was Maassen who became second after a great battle. Guven climbed back up to third, followed by Didier Van Dalen en Jesse Van Kuijk.
Operations Manager of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, Severine Ulenaers: ?A great season-starter with a grid of no less than 39 cars, this is something to be proud of. After these races, we can say that the championship got off to a promising start. See you in Zandvoort on May 20th and 21st for the Familie Racedagen!?
For more information check: http://www.gt3cupchallengebenelux.com
GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil
May 6, 2017 Interlagos
Second round of GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil set in Interlagos
The second round of the year for Porsche Império GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil took place at the traditional Interlagos racetrack. With three scheduled Cup (991) series races and one Challenge (997 II) race, the Interlagos round had 41 cars on the track: 22 from Cup Series and 19 from Challenge Series competitors. The drivers were from Brazil, Argentina and Panama.
The Cup Races were won by Rodrigo Baptista (twice) and Pedro Queirolo. Marçal Müller won the Challenge class race. Baptista now leads the Cup division championship by a margin of 15 points, with three overall wins, as Müller is undefeated in Challenge series, having led all laps during the season. But he?s not far in front of championship contenders Rodrigo Mello, Eloi Khouri (8 points) and Panamanian Marcus Vario (10).
Bosch was presented as a new series sponsor in Interlagos, in a contract that lasts until the last race of the 2017 season.
Offtrack amenities in Interlagos introduced a ?kids area? with a dedicated team in charge of child entertainment. Food trucks were also working at the paddock area.
Rain delays and guard rail repairs hampered the schedule, but in spite of the delay there were over 100 guests participating of the Porsche Experience ?ride along? activity, that lasted till early evening.
The Races were once more webcasted live by GrandePremio news website and the series? Facebook and Youtube channels.
Football cross activation this time featured a ride along Porsche Experience for 4 fans of local league finalists Ponte Preta and Corinthians (Brazilian second biggest fan base club).
The event had an extra day with a driving course, the Racing Academy, with lessons given by the series? professional consultant drivers using Challenge series 911 GT3 Cup 997 II cars.
On the opening day a helicopter picture shot was produced, featuring 37 cars on the main straight stating ?I love São Paulo?.
For more information check: http://www.porschegt3cup.com.br/
GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
May 4-6, 2017 Circuit of The Americas
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Returns to
Circuit of The Americas
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races a coast-to-coast schedule visiting eight of the 50 states in the USA. Yet only one state in the Union can stake claim to being the most-represented on the race calendar ? Texas. The site of this weekend?s competition was Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, where a dozen drivers and teams listed Texas as home.
Austin-based team Moorespeed hosted a welcome party on Thursday for over 600 guests including competitors, teams, officials, and VIPs. It was a celebration of all things Austin including a live local band, as well as food and beverages from local restaurants, breweries and distilleries. It is the fourth straight year the team has held the event at its facility located only a few miles from COTA.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA enjoyed its fifth straight year of competition at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn track ? the first facility in the United States purpose-built for Formula 1. Of its many signature features is the intimidating climb some 133 feet up to the hairpin in Turn 1. And if Turn 3 through Turn 6 look familiar, it?s no coincidence as they were designed to mimic Silverstone's high-speed Maggotts/Becketts complex. Other notable features are a Texas tip of the hat to Hockenheim's stadium section and the famous, multi-apex Turn 8 at Istanbul Park.
In the first race of the weekend on Friday, incoming points leader and pole-sitter Jake Eidson of Kelly-Moss Road and Race led the field into Turn 1 at the drop of the green flag, but he didn?t hold it for long. Seventeen-year-old Trenton Estep of San Antonio, Texas made a deep dive into the inside of Turn 1 on Lap 1 in his JDX Racing/Hertz entry. The daring move proved successful as he swept under Eidson to take into Turn 2 and never looked back thereafter.
The shakeup gained Corey Fergus and hometown team Moorespeed the advantage over Eidson as they moved into second place in Platinum competition in front of friends and family.
Platinum Masters competitors faced plenty of action, with Jeff Mosing, of Austin, Texas taking the top step of the Masters podium in the No. 01 of TOPP Racing/Mosing Motorcars in front of the hometown crowd.
On Saturday, Fergus took Moorespeed first to the green flag in Race 2, but was overtaken by Estep on Lap 1. Fergus retook the lead on the same lap, launching an intense battle for the race lead, but it was ultimately Fergus who grabbed the lead for the last time on Lap 9 and held it through the checkered flag for his first series win. It?s the second win for the Austin-based Moorespeed and this time in front of their home crowd. Local hero Mosing finished his two-race sweep with another Platinum Masters victory for the Austin resident. Meanwhile, David Ducote of Houston, Texas cruised to an uncontested Gold Cup Victory, racking up another win for Texas.
In all, Texas-based teams and drivers rang the bell with an overall win, four class wins, a total of nine podiums, and Yokohama Hard Charger Awards in both races.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama heads next to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 29 to July 2, as part of the Sahlen?s Six Hours of The Glen. Also known as ?The Glen,? the circuit has hosted Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar and numerous other racing series over its storied history.
For more information check: http://porschegt3cupusa.imsa.com/