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Watch This Driver Make 13 Passes in One Lap of Carrera Cup GB

French karting champion and former-F4 driver Valentin Hasse-Clot made quite the Carrera Cup GB debut this past weekend. Scything his way through a damp Snetterton, he put on an overtaking masterclass; passing thirteen cars on the first lap alone. With a great understanding of the wet line, no shortage of courage, quick hands, and a superior sense of balance, he eventually worked himself up into second place, and clearly turned the most heads in the grandstands.

Unfortunately, his chutzpah eventually left him high and dry; he slid off the circuit and into the barriers.

Fortunately, he was able to showcase his skills once again

Starting from the back of the pack for the second race of the weekend, Hasse-Clot muscled his way past more experienced competitors in the same unbridled fashion; moving into seventh position by the seventh lap. He remained there for the remainder of the race.

By applying the power with much more certainty, Haase-Clot was able to outdrag equal cars quite easily.

With such strong pace from the start; qualifying two tenths of second from the front row, this young Frenchman holds plenty of potential. Not only is he quick and courageous, but he’s a showman who knows how to stir an audience. Bon courage!

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Onboard the 991 GT2 RS as it Sets a Production Car Record at Bend Motorsports Park

Though the potential of the latest force-fed RS has never been in question, its newest record only solidifies its reputation as the ultimate track weapon. Perhaps more so than any of its contemporaries, the robust GT2 RS is one of the few cars which actually deserves the overused and often misappropriated accolade: « racing car for the road. »

Luff putting in a lap full of sideways moments.

In addition to its record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the GT2 RS now holds the record at Australia’s Bend Motorsports Park: a new, 4.8-mile circuit roughly with 35 corners. With over AUD$100M invested into the facility at this point, the high-speed circuit has the variety to test the GT2 RS completely, and the safety measures to push it regularly to and beyond the limit.

A miniature Nordschleife, the 35-corner course tests the consistency and precision of any driver, even the versatile and highly experienced Warren Luff. A a former runner-up in the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship Cup, Luff was chosen by Porsche to attempt the record, which he accepted eagerly.

At the end of the day, Luff covered the tight, technical, and massively challenging course in 3:24.709. As seen from the onboard footage above, the wow-speed traction is remarkable for something with 700 horsepower powering only the rear wheels, and the high-speed stability is something most dedicated track cars could only hope to match. Getting to see him balance this Porsche at high speeds—nursing the front end and catching the regular twitches from the rear—is a delight for any avid track rat.

Only occasionally does the stable GT2 RS break sideways over the curbs, but a quick flick of opposite lock reins the 911 back in-line. While obviously a demanding car that requires constant steering corrections, sensitivity, and commitment, it’s capable in every department, and confidence-inspiring in talented hands.

It’s certainly been a highlight in my career – something that I’ll remember for a very long time. It was a privilege to do it in such a special car.”

At 4.8 miles long, Bend Motorsport Park is the second-longest permanent track in the world.

 
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Porsche Carrera Cup with many new developments

Germany’s fastest brand trophy series heads into the new season with a raft of exciting innovations. An overview.

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Porsche Carrera Cup France – Season 2016

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The 2014 Porsche 911 racing season review

There isn’t a season that goes by where the Porsche 911 (in its various racing guises) doesn’t see success on the track. However, 2015 has not just been a race-winning year for Weissach’s creations, it has seen a championship crown added to the trophy cabinet too.

After creating a new American factory squad – Porsche North America Racing – to compete in the new-for-2014 United SportsCar Championship, success found came to Weissach at the very first major race of the year.

Porsche is synonymous with success at the 24 Hours of Daytona and, after a works absence of many years, Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet guided their factory Porsche 911 RSR to victory in Florida at the first time of asking.

Two months later, and still in Florida, the Tudor USCC circus headed to Sebring for the fabled 12 Hour race. Once again, it was a Porsche 911 RSR that came out on top in the GTLM class, though this time it was the no. 912 machine of Patrick Long, Michael Christensen and Jörg Bergmeister.

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Neither of the two works 911 RSRs could mount a consistent championship charge after those opening salvos however, alongside Team Falken’s victory at Petit Le Mans, Weissach were able to secure the inaugural USCC manufacturers’ championship.

The Porsche 911 RSR’s success wasn’t limited to the USA in 2014 though. Weissach’s other works squad – Porsche Team Manthey – kicked off their second FIA WEC campaign in fine style with a GTE Pro one-two at Silverstone.

Throughout the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, Porsche failed to get a 991 RSR on the GT podium just twice (Fuji and Bahrain). At every other meeting, Porsche Team Manthey took home at least one piece of silverware, with Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet adding a second victory in Shanghai.

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Of course, the highlight of any Porsche Motorsport campaign is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, once again part of the FIA WEC calendar. Not only was Porsche looking to repeat its one-two finish of last season though.

For 2014, Weissach was back in the top class with the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car and, on its Le Mans debut it came achingly close to overall victory before mechanical gremlins struck the Mark Webber/Brendon Hartley/Timo Bernhard car with just a few hours left.

In GTE Pro, there was also to be no fairytale repeat of 2013. However, Makowiecki, Lietz and Marco Holzer were able to guide one of the Porsche Team Manthey RSR’s to second after both cars’ charges were stymied by niggling problems.

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To celebrate ‘The Return’, Le Mans also hosted an amazing one-off Carrera Cup race around the famous Circuit de la Sarthe. A points paying round of both the Carrera Cup GB and Carrera Cup France a number of Supercup hopefuls also took part.

Among them was Ben Barker, the British 911 ace who, after chasing down long-time leader, Kévin Estre forced the Frenchman to attack the kerbs too hard, causing a tyre blowout on the Mulsanne Straight.

This left Barker to take a memorable victory (to add to his maiden Supercup podium at Barcelona, the season opener). Meanwhile, Josh Webster fought his way passed Carrera Cup GB rival, Michael Meadows.

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This set in motion a mid-season charge for the 2014/15 Scholarship winner. Webster, a GT racing rookie, dominated at Croft and made the most of Meadow’s misfortune at Rockingham to leap into a championship lead he would never loose.

Finally, it wouldn’t be far to shine some light on Earl Bamber. After becoming the 2014 Supercup Scholar, the Kiwi ace battled his way to the prestigious Supercup crown after a season-long battle with Barker’s teammate, Kuba Giermaziak.

Coupled with a superb outing at Petit Le Mans, Bamber’s speed and skill has seen him signed up to the Porsche North America Racing factory squad for 2015, meaning it all looks set for next season to bring just as much success as 2014.

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