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Video: Flat-Sixes Scream at the Spa Classic

One of the greatest air-cooled Porsches: the 934/5.

Some historic racing fans enjoy a charmed life. After basking in the Mediterranean sun, rubbing shoulders with the beautiful people, and witnessing vintage racers sprint around Monaco, they can take a trip north to the the Ardennes Forest to gawp at the gleaming racing cars flying through the world’s most spectacular racing circuit.

The Spa Classic features some stunning Porsches, like this Jagermeister-liveried 934 and Coca-Cola-themed 935. With fireballs galore, visibly committed driving, and those stunning Belgian hills, there’s plenty to please the deaf. Those with all of their senses get to enjoy another treat: the muted bellows of turbocharged flat-sixes. As these iconic Porsche racers ascend through Eau Rouge and disappear over the horizon, their whistling motors echo off the surrounding trees and hills and provide a feast for the eyes and ears.

Two 935s fire toward the horizon.

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Brussels 2016: Porsche

Porsche is one of the best selling sports car brands in the world and it looked like the wanted to show that in Brussels by bringing no less than 20 different cars to the show. Most important of course were the all new Turbo S and Macan GTS, both presented as European premieres. The Macan…

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Brussels 2016: Porsche

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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race report: Spa, Belgium

Sven Müller and Philipp Eng took a victory each as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held its first double-header event of the year at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

After the cancellation of the German Grand Prix, Porsche decided to make the final three rounds of the 2015 championship (starting with Spa) into double-headers, giving the Supercup drivers two bites at the proverbial cherry at each meeting.

The grid for races one and two would be set by the fastest and second-fastest times in qualifying respectively, with Michael Ammermüller heading championship leader, Philipp Eng and Christian Engelhart on the grid for the first encounter.

Sven Müller (D)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Sven Müller (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Müller became the first Supercup driver in 2015 to win two races with his victory in the first encounter.

Ammermüller continued to lead the way on Saturday evening when race one got underway however, after losing power coming up to Stavelot on lap three, the German inexplicably drifted off track on the run to Blanchemont, hitting the barriers on the outside before barrel rolling once.

Unsurprisingly, a safety car was called to clear up the wreckage and, when racing resumed, it was Eng who led the way from Sven Müller, with the Porsche Junior putting the championship leader under immense pressure after leapfrogging Engelhart at the start.

Müller’s efforts paid off on lap seven when a mistake by Eng allowed the German to sneak into the lead. The Team Lechner Racing driver had the pace to pull away too, eventually taking the win by 2.8 seconds.

Engelhart held onto second in the title race with another solid weekend (including a podium in race two). He is now 20 points behind Eng though.

Behind, Eng was forced to fend off the attentions of Christopher Zöchling who had worked his way onto the podium at the expense of title challenger, Engelhart.

The German racer faded during the 14-lap encounter, eventually dropping to fifth behind Frenchman, Côme Ledogar (the Martinet by Alméras driver competing in what was effectively his home race).

Total 911 columnist, Ben Barker took sixth after charging through from eighth although it was nearly one step better for the Briton after a barn-storming side-by-side battle through Eau Rouge and Raidillon with Engelhart.

With 33 cars taking to the grid at Spa, there was plenty of action across the two races at one of Europe's most challenging circuits.

For race two, Eng would start from pole, alongside his nemesis from the first encounter, Müller. Engelhart would again start third ahead of Ammermüller (whose Lechner Racing team put in a monumental all-night effort to rebuild his car).

Müller went immediately on the attack until a safety car on lap one (to recover the stranded car of multiple WRC champion and guest driver, Sebastian Loeb) neutralised the field.

At the restart, Eng controlled the race but his Porsche Junior rival was never far away. ““I tried absolutely everything to overtake Philipp but I just couldn’t find a way around him,” explained Müller.

Eng controlled race two from start to finish, although he came under intense pressure from Porsche Junior, Müller.

Just over a second back from the battling lead duo, Engelhart got one back on Zöchling to take third position by just 0.3 seconds, while Jeffrey Schmidt put in his best drive since Austria last year to take fifth.

Ammermüller had to settle for sixth while Barker made up six places to move from 14th on the grid to eighth by the time the checkered flag fell after nearly half an hour of intense Supercup action.

The next Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup double-header sees Porsche’s premier racing circus head to Monza, the fastest circuit on the calendar, to support the Italian Grand Prix on 4-6 September.

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Michael Ammermüller (D)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2015

Lechner Racing (assisted by Land Motorsport) did a sterling job to get race one poleman, Michael Ammermüller out in race two.

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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup preview: Spa, Belgium

Spa. Just a mention of the name conjures up legendary images in the mind of any petrolhead. Along with the north loop of the Nürburgring, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of a few hugely respected ‘old school’ tracks.

This weekend, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup rolls into town in support of the Belgian Grand Prix and, for the first time this year, it will be double the fun as the premier Porsche series adopts a double-header format.

To make up for the loss of the German round of this year’s Supercup (after the cancellation of the 2015 German Grand Prix), the remaining three events will all feature two Supercup races, adding an extra element to the title run-in.

Can Kuba Giermaziak stop his run of bad luck in Belgium? He was leading in 2013 before breaking down in sight of the flag.

Hurtling through the Ardennes forest, the 4.33-mile Spa circuit is the toughest track on the Supercup calendar, providing the ultimate test for 2015 class of Porsche 991 GT3 Cup racers.

Last season, Spa provided the springboard for Earl Bamber’s title charge, with the Kiwi racer coming out on top in a fierce dual with the then-defending champion, Nicki Thiim.

While both protagonists will be absent this year, Kuba Giermaziak will again be hunting for victory at Spa. The Pole last won here in 2011 and has suffered some dire luck in recent years (including a gearbox problem on the last lap while leading in 2013).

Philipp Eng is the man of the moment in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Unlike last year though, Giermaziak is not in the thick of the title battle in 2015 having underperformed by his standards in the opening races. Instead, the table is topped by Philipp Eng.

The Austrian has been much improved in the Supercup this year having won the Carrera Cup Deutschland last season. At Silverstone, Eng secured his maiden Supercup victory before finishing sixth last time out in Hungary.

His closest challengers, Christian Engelhart and Alex Riberas have both yet to win in 2015, though both the German and the Spaniard are enjoying a rich vein of form that will likely see them challenge for victory this weekend.

Alex Riberas is in a rich vein of form at the moment. A first win can't be far away.

An outside bet for success though will be Frenchman, Côme Ledogar. In his first full season of Supercup, Ledogar has been gradually improving, finishing an impressive second last time at the Hungaroring.

That result allowed him to overtake Total 911 columnist, Ben Barker in the points table. The Briton has struggled in qualifying recently and will be looking to regain the form that saw him take a fine third place in Monaco.

After today’s practice session, qualifying takes place at 12:25pm CET on Saturday, with race one starting at 6:20pm later that day. Race two gets under way 11:45am on Sunday.

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Come Ledogar (F)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Budapest 2015

Come Ledogar (F)
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Côme Ledogar could be an outside bet for victory this weekend at Spa.

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GTRace at Curbstone Track Events Season’s Finale Spa Francorchamps

When it comes to racing, it was once again clear that Ferrari and Porsche are the two most popular brands for the track. Nice to see was a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 setting the one fast lap after the other. If …

GTRace at Curbstone Track Events Season’s Finale Spa Francorchamps

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