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2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Hockenheimring, Germany report

Italian Porsche Junior, Matteo Cairoli inherited his third Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory of the season after fellow Porsche Junior (and home hero), Sven Müller was penalised for an illegal overtaking move on the first lap.

The in-house championship rivals’ battle began during qualifying at the Hockenheimring track, 50 miles north of Weissach. Lechner Racing’s Müller set his benchmark early in the session while Cairoli waited until the end to challenge.

However, the FACH Auto Tech driver’s final lap on new tyres was curtailed by a red flag with ended the session early, the Italian having to settle for second on the grid behind Müller (the latter heading into the German Supercup round with an 18-point lead after victory last time out in Hungary).

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

At the start, it was the Italian Porsche Junior who made the better start, diving up the inside of Müller at turn one. The German Porsche Junior though hadn’t given up, running off the track onto the tarmacked run-off before rejoining back in the lead.

Cairoli didn’t make the race easy for Müller, hounding the championship leader lap after lap and getting close to taking the lead after a late safety car period bunched up the field. However, his advances proved fruitless on the track as Müller took the chequered flag 0.4 seconds ahead.

The action wasn’t over though. Two hours after the chequered flag fell, the stewards deemed Muller’s opening lap move to have been performed illegally, handing the German a one-second penalty that promoted Cairoli to the top step.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer's second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer’s second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Behind the duelling duo, Jeffrey Schmidt (who stared at Hockenheim early in the year in the Carrera Cup Deutschland) equalled his third-place finish in Austria with another podium finish having forced his way passed Robert Lukas, the latter starting the race from third.

That grid slot would have been occupied by the third Porsche Junior in the field, Mathieu Jaminet if it hadn’t been for a ten-place penalty handed to the French Porsche ace for his role in the opening lap accident last time out at the Hungaroring.

Starting from 13th, Jaminet was aiming for eighth place after qualifying, an aim he achieved in the race with some clean overtaking moves. The result, however, has seen him drop from second to fourth in the points table, as Cairoli moves back into second, 16 points behind Müller.

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A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

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Nick Tandy’s team switches to Porsche Carrera Cup GB for 2017

JTR, the racing team run by Porsche factory driver (and 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans winner) Nick Tandy, will move into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB next season.

The British Formula Ford championship-winning squad’s move mirrors Tandy’s own career switch from single seaters into the one-make Porsche series in 2010 (after a handful of headline-grabbing guest drives in 2008 and 2009).

Tandy had made no secret that a switch to the Carrera Cup has been on the JTR radar for sometime and, talking to Total 911, admitted that plans for the move ramped up “after the start of this season”.

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“I’ve been involved this year with the development of the new 911 GT3 Cup car, which will debut next year in Supercup and be used in GB from 2018, and now seemed like the right time to jump in [with JTR],” the British Porsche ace explained.

Three new Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars have been ordered for the team’s Carrera Cup GB debut in 2017, with JTR hoping to field a driver in each of the championship’s three categories next year: Pro, Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2.

With news of the switch only just made public, no drivers have currently been signed up however the team has also bought an old 991 Cup car in order to test out potential signings later this year.

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JTR’s Carrera Cup GB drivers will benefit from coaching with Tandy and, while the team doesn’t have any GT experience to this point, the Porsche works driver feels his own experience developing and setting up 911 Cup cars will allow the squad to start next season on the front foot.

“The team has a number of people working for it who, combined, have won numerous championships,” the 2015 Le Mans winner pointed out. “All those skills are transferable.”

Should the Carrera Cup GB venture go well, JTR could eventually expand into the Porsche Supercup, helping its drivers forge a career in Europe using the Porsche ladder system that Tandy himself has used to such good effect.

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“If you’re looking for a 2017 Carrera Cup seat, JTR – despite their lack of first-hand experience – should be a genuine consideration. Nick is one of the fastest sports car driver around (especially in a 911) so to offer coaching with the Le Mans winner makes the package look very attractive. I’m sure they’ll be contenders in all three classes from the off.”

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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup preview: Silverstone, Great Britain

British Porsche 911 fans won’t know who to cheer for in this weekend’s fourth round of the 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as no less than eight racing Brits take to the grid at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

As well as Supercup regular Ben Barker, who will look to add to his Monaco podium at his home race and strengthen his challenge for this year’s title, seven regular racers from the Carrera Cup GB have been granted guest slots to ply their trade against some of the best Porsche racers in the world.

Leading the charge are Carrera Cup championship protagonists, Dan Cammish (who has won six out of this year’s eight races) and 2014 Carrera Cup GB champion, Josh Webster.

A number of Carrera Cup GB stars, including 2014 champion, Josh Webster will join the Supercup field at Silverstone.

Cammish – who will drive for his usual Redline Racing squad – has not entered a Porsche Supercup race before, although he has already raced against the likes of Michael Ammermüller and Philipp Eng this year after a one-off Carrera Cup Deutschland appearance at the Lausitzring.

Total 911 columnist, Webster meanwhile competed in last year’s Supercup race at Silverstone, eventually finishing 18th after starting down the field thanks to mistiming his final run during a drying qualifying session.

Also joining the Supercup action at Silverstone will be Webster’s Team Parker Racing teammate, Stephen Jelley, while Jake Hill, Tom Sharp and Jack Falla all having their first experience of Porsche’s premier one-make series. Graeme Mundy will, like Webster, also return after last year’s cameo.

Project 1's Philipp Eng leads the championship but is yet to win a race in 2015. Can that change at Silverstone?

Of the main Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup runners, Philipp Eng enjoys a healthy eight-point lead over Christian Engelhart after finishing second last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Austrian, driving for Project 1 again in 2015, has yet to win a Supercup race this year though and will be looking to rectify this fact at the 3.66-mile Silverstone circuit, a track where he only finished tenth last season after problems in the damp qualifying session.

Engelhart faired no better last year, only able to finish 13th, although the German racer’s form has been much improved in 2015 after staying on at the famous Konrad Motorsport team.

Kuba Giermaziak was the best of the Supercup contenders last season, finishing second at the British Grand Prix support race.

After winning the opening race of the year in Barcelona, Ammermüller’s form has gradually been worsening, finishing fifth in Monaco and ninth in Austria (although the latter result could have been a podium if it hadn’t been for a collision with Porsche Junior, Connor de Phillippi).

Of the top three title contenders, the German enjoyed the best result at Silverstone in 2014, finishing fourth behind winner, Clemens Schmid (who is absent in 2015), Kuba Giermaziak, Earl Bamber and de Phillippi.

Total 911 Supercup columnist, Barker – driving for the MOMO Megatron team – has once again shown glimpses of race winning speed in 2015, especially during his superb Monaco performance.

If he can sort out his qualifying form, Ben Barker could well be on to reward his home support with a first Supercup victory.

Qualifying his been the Briton’s nemesis during his last two Supercup campaigns though, and he will need to put that right at Silverstone if he is in with a chance of taking a maiden win in front of his home crowd.

After a non-points scoring result in Austria (the result of a clash with Porsche Junior, Sven Müller), Barker has fallen to seventh in the points standings and will need a strong haul at the home of British motorsport to boost his hopes of a good championship position come the end of the season.

Practice gets underway at 4:45pm GMT on Friday, with qualifying set for 11:25am on Saturday. Sunday’s 13-lap race will see the red lights go out at 10:45am on the morning of the British Grand Prix.

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After losing ground in Austria, Christian Engelhart will want a good result at Silverstone to close in on Eng.

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race report: Spielberg, Austria

Christopher Zöchling took his maiden Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory in round three of the 2015 championship with a near perfect drive at his home race around the Red Bull Ring, near Spielberg in Austria.

Starting fifth, Zöchling (who was standing in at the Fach Auto Tech team for Simon Trummer), immediately dived to the inside for turn one on the first lap, moving passed his slow-starting countryman, Philipp Eng and championship leader, Michael Ammermüller.

On lap two, the Austrian outbraked Sven Müller into turn three to take second, before hunting down poleman, Connor de Phillippi over the next few laps. It was then only a matter of time until Zöchling moved to the head of the field, taking the lead on the run up the hill between turns one and two on the sixth lap.

After a difficult race in the Austrian hills, Michael Ammermüller lost his championship lead.

From there, despite being closely shadowed by a recovering Eng (who also passed de Phillippi on lap six), Zöchling was able to control the race, reeling off the remaining ten laps to take his first ever Porsche Supercup victory, 0.658 seconds ahead of Eng.

Behind, it was a frenetic race as de Phillippi struggled with the setup off his VERVA Lechner Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The American’s pace worsened throughout the event, dropping him into the clutches of Ammermüller on lap 11.

However, the erstwhile championship leader, had the door shut on him robustly at the first corner, sending the German into a spin and slightly delaying de Phillippi, who held onto third position.

Project 1 Racing's Philipp Eng took a home podium and with it the points lead at round three of the 2015 Supercup.

This allowed a recovering Alex Riberas to close onto the American’s rear wing, the Spaniard taking the final podium spot away from de Phillippi between turns two and three on the 13th lap before the Porsche Junior stopped the rot, eventually securing fourth place come the chequered flag.

Christian Engelhart eventually finished fifth after a chaotic race in the midfield. The MRS GT Racing driver was aided by delays to Müller and Total 911 columnist, Ben Barker who collided with one another on lap eight while contesting fifth place through turn one.

While Müller would eventually finish 10th, just behind the recovering Ammermüller, Barker could only come home in 19th after struggling to restart his 991 GT3 Cup car following the aforementioned spin.

Total 911 columnist, Ben Barker was on course for a top six finish until a collision with Sven Müller dropped the Brit to 19th.

Engelhart still had to fight for his final finishing place though, moving passed Robert Lukas at turn two on lap 14 to take sixth, before benefitting from Jeffrey Schmidt’s mistake at turn six to move into fifth.

Schmidt’s problems continued until the flag, the Swiss racer dropping to 16th by the finish as Lukas led home Matteo Cairoli and Philipp Frommenwiler for places six, seven and eight.

The result leaves Eng leading the championship by eight points from Engelhart, with Ammermüller now 11 points adrift in third. The Supercup now heads to Silverstone in two weeks time for Ben Barker’s home race, supporting the British Grand Prix on 3-5 July.

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Alex Riberas took third place, his first Supercup podium, to boost his hopes of challenging for the championship.

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2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup preview: Spielberg, Austria

There is still a long, long way to go in the 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title race but, after the last round at Monaco, the championship standings are already nicely poised ahead of the third race of the season at Austria’s Red Bull Ring this weekend.

After winning round one in Barcelona, Michael Ammermüller still tops the table for Lechner Racing Middle East but Monaco proved a harder nut to crack last time out for the ace German racer as he struggled home fifth, allowing 2014 Carrera Cup Deutschland champion, Philipp Eng to draw level heading to Austria.

Eng finished second around the famous principality last month as Jaap van Lagen returned to the Supercup for the first time since Monza last year with a bang, taking his first victory in the Porsche 911 GT3 series since the 2008 race in Turkey.

Michael Ammermüller (D)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2015

Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2015


Michael Ammermüller has been the man in form this year, but he struggled at Monaco.

Despite missing the opening round in Spain, this result has bumped the Dutch driver up to seventh in the standings, just one place behind former Porsche Junior, Alex Riberas, the Spaniard having a solid if unspectacular start to the season.

Third in the standings heading to the Red Bull Ring is Konrad Motorsport’s Christian Engelhart who has shown impressive speed this season, winning twice at the Carrera Cup Deutschland opener and finishing third and fourth respectively in the Supercup’s opening races.

The German racer hasn’t won a Supercup race since Hungary in 2012 but, with his form much improved this season, the series’ Austrian sojourn may well provide the location for his return to the top step.

On his return to the Supercup, Jaap van Lagen (centre) took the win in Monaco. Ben Barker (right) also returned to the podium.

After second in Barcelona, last year’s championship runner-up, Kuba Giermaziak endured a torrid race in Monte Carlo, dropping to fourth in the points but, it was a different story for the Pole’s former teammate, Ben Barker who took third in Monaco to leap into fifth overall.

The Total 911 columnist struggled to a top ten result in Monaco before getting back onto the Supercup podium around the famous street circuit, passing Engelhart on the first lap to take third.

Barker, who is dovetailing his Supercup campaign for MOMO Megatron with a season in the Carrera Cup Deutschland, is getting ever closer to the Supercup’s top step and showed good pace at Austria last year, only for an incident at the first corner to stymy his challenge for silverware.

Barker seems to be getting ever closer to his first Supercup victory. Can the Total 911 columnist deliver in Austria?

Last season, the honours in Austria belonged to Giermaziak who saw off the challenge of Jeffrey Schmidt and Porsche Junior, Sven Müller after Eng retired from a seemingly comfortable lead.

With its long straights and tight hairpins, the Austrian track (now owned by the energy drink giant, Red Bull) can produce some close racing with plenty of overtaking opportunities. It therefore wouldn’t be a surprise to leave round three with a third different winner in as many races.

After one 45-minute practice session this afternoon, qualifying takes place at 12:25pm CET tomorrow. Sunday’s 16-lap race kicks off at 11:45am on Sunday morning.

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Konrad Motorsport's Christian Engelhart will be a serious challenger at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

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