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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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2016 WeatherTech USCC: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race report

Porsche North America Racing continued to battle against a difficult Balance of Performance in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship as the two factory 911 RSRs struggled to sixth and eighth in the latest round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

After starting the season showing good pace at Daytona and Sebring, the no. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet was able to win around the streets of Long Beach in round four of this year’s championship. However, that win now feels like a lifetime ago.

Hindered by BoP changes that favoured the turbocharged cars from Ford, Ferrari and BMW, Porsche have found themselves lagging behind in the GTLM class of late, finishing ninth and tenth last time out at Watkins Glen.

2016 - IMSA - CTMP Mosport

Ahead of the latest race north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport), IMSA announced further adjustments designed to slow the dominant Ford GTs and help the pace of the naturally aspirated racers from Porsche and Corvette.

While the Corvette C7.Rs were afforded a bigger air restrictor though (among other changes that allowed them to battle the Fords for victory at CTMP), Porsche’s token 10kg weight break was nothing more than lip service as the 911 RSR was already running as light as it could ahead of round six of the 2016 season.

Qualifying at the Canadian circuit continued to prove that the 2016-spec RSR isn’t on a level playing field as the no. 912 machine lined up eighth and the no. 911 car in ninth, with both Porsches more than a second slower than the pole-sitting Chevrolet (and half a second slower than the next GTLM competitor).

2016 - IMSA - CTMP Mosport

Come the two-hour, 40-minute race (where Tandy and Pilet triumphed last year in the no. 911 Porsche), Porsche’s pace didn’t improve, the Anglo-French race-winning duo running home a lonely eighth, kept off the bottom of the class results thanks only to problems for the no. 100 BMW M6.

Bamber and Makowiecki, Porsche’s best hope for retaining its USCC drivers’ and teams’ titles, faired little better. Clever strategy and slick pitwork with under an hour to go vaulted the latter into second but the no. 912’s lack of pace saw it plummet back through the field, eventually finishing sixth.

The result sees Porsche drop from second to third in the manufacturers’ battle as Ford (taking its third consecutive USCC win) leapfrogged Weissach. In the teams’ and drivers’ standings, the no. 912 crew has now fallen further away in fourth, the gap to the top of the table extending from 19 to 26 points.

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2016 - IMSA - CTMP Mosport

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2015 Tudor USCC: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race report

It has been a long time coming but Porsche North America Racing has finally secured its first Tudor United SportsCar Championship race win since its victory in the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring last March.

The no. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Total 911 columnist, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet dominated the sixth GTLM race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, leading from lights to flag at the 2.46-mile Ontario-based circuit.

Porsche’s control of the event began in the practice sessions, with Tandy topping the time sheets in the first session before the Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner bested them by just 0.012s in free practice two.

Tandy and Pilet's domination of USCC round six began with the former taking pole at the 2.56-mile Ontario circuit.

Normal service was resumed in the final free practice session though, with Tandy once again leading the way in the factory Porsche 911 RSR, converting that form into pole position during Saturday’s 15-minute grid-setting session.

The sister no. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Jörg Bergmeister and Tandy’s Le Mans teammate, Earl Bamber did not fare so well as Bergmeister could only manage sixth, half a second down on the pole time.

Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race saw Tandy immediately scarper away into an early lead, building up a 2.5s buffer during the first 15 minutes before a safety car period eroded the British ace’s advantage.

Earl Bamber and Jörg Bergmeister struggled in the no. 912 Porsche 911 RSR struggled at the venue formerly known as Mosport, finishing seventh.

At the first round of pitstops, Pilet took over driving duties and, like at Watkins Glen, the Frenchman’s excellent form continued as he fended off the charging Corvette C7.Rs and BMW Z4s to retain the lead throughout the race’s middle stages.

With 35 minutes to go, Pilet handed the reins back to Tandy who once again set about building an advantage over the GTLM field, eventually taking the chequered flag an impressive 15.5s ahead of the no. 24 BMW.

Bergmeister and Bamber did not enjoy such a strong performance in the no. 912 car, struggling for pace in the dry, sunny conditions that greeted competitors at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

No one could head the no. 911 car as Porsche North America Racing took their first victory since the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring last March.

After never managing to match their competitors’ lap times, the Watkins Glen runners-up were eventually lapped on their way to finishing seventh, while the Watkins Glen-winning Team Falken Porsche 911 RSR of Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzer was forced to retire with just over 20 minutes to go after a gearbox problem.

The result strengthens Pilet’s position in the Tudor USCC driver standings while, despite the no. 912’s struggles, Porsche has moved into second place in the USCC manufacturers’ battle as it looks to defend its 2014 title.

Wisconsin’s Road America is the next venue for the GTLM circus as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship heads to Elkhart Lake for another two-hour, 40-minute race on 7-9 August.

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Both Pilet (left) and Tandy (right) are going through something of a purple patch form-wise. Can it continue at Elkhart Lake?

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2015 Tudor USCC: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park preview

Porsche North America Racing heads to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport) this weekend still in search of its first Tudor United SportsCar Championship of 2015.

Last time out at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, Team Falken gave the Porsche 911 RSR its first victory of the year, beating the no. 912 works entry of Jörg Bergmeister and Earl Bamber in wet-dry-wet race at the upstate New York track.

2014 saw PNAR triumph at the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring but this season hasn’t proved as kind to the factory outfit with bad luck and mechanical problems keeping the no. 911 and no. 912 Porsche 911 RSRs away from the top step of the USCC podium.

Second for Earl Bamber and Jörg Bergmeister (left) last time out at Watkins Glen was PNAR's best result of 2015.

Watkins Glen looked like a turning point with the no. 911 car of Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy leading the way early on thanks to the former’s heroics during a damp opening stint.

Unfortunately, the timing of safety cars saw them drop away from the podium places, while simultaneously promoting the sister no. 912 entry into second, challenging the Team Falken car for victory in the closing stages.

The result was still the factory Porsche squad’s best finish of the season so far, with Bergmeister and Bamber taking second, bettering Pilet and Michael Christensen’s third place from Laguna Seca in May.

Team Falken were infallible at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen. Can they show the same speed as Mosport?

Last season, Tandy and 2014 co-driver Richard Lietz finished fifth at Mosport in the no. 911 Porsche 991 RSR while Christensen and Patrick Long (both of whose factory programmes see them racing in the FIA WEC full-time this year) finished ninth in the no. 912 car.

The 2.459-mile Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track is one of the faster venues on the calendar, with majority of its ten corners featuring long, sweeping radii (a world away from the twisting street courses that made up the early part of the 2015 calendar).

After today’s practice, GTLM qualifying takes place at 4:40pm Eastern Time on Saturday, before the 160-minute race is flagged off on Sunday at 12:05pm ET.

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The no. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet set the pace during the early stages of round five.

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2014 FIA WEC: Shanghai Six Hours preview

Porsche Team Manthey will be hoping for better luck this weekend as the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship heads to China for the sixth round of the season.

The factory Porsche 911 RSRs enter the six-hour race at Shanghai International Circuit on the back of winless streak that extends all the way back to round one at Silverstone, when the no. 92 and no. 91 Porsche 911 RSRs finished first and second respectively.

Since then, both Porsche Team Manthey entries have scored second place finishes, with the no. 92 machine also achieving third place in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to Marco Holzer, Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki.

Friday practice has been blighted by wet conditions. Does the Porsche 911 RSR have the required dry pace?

Last time out in Fuji though, both Porsche 911 RSRs missed out on the podium after a difficult race in Japan. Lietz and Jörg Bergmeister (who renewed their partnership from 2013 in the USA) finished fourth, while Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet struggled to sixth in the LMGTE Pro class.

In this morning’s two free practice sessions, Makowiecki and Pilet have found themselves second in the GTE Pro timesheets, suggesting that the two Porsche 911 RSRs will enjoy better fortune in Shangai.

However, with rain spoiling much of the practice time (and playing into the hands of the Porsche 911’s superior traction) Sunday’s six-hour battle could prove a different proposition should it be dry.

Frédéric Makowiecki is the highest ranked Porsche racer in the drivers' standings heading into China.

Porsche currently find themselves second in every LMGTE Pro championship, with Makowiecki sitting 49.5 points behind Ferrari duo, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander in the drivers’ standings.

Ferrari also leads the way in the manufacturers’ cup, and the teams’ standings. With just 12 hours of racing left in the season after the FIA WEC circus leaves China, Porsche Team Manthey need a good result in Shanghai to keep their championship hopes alive.

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Can the no. 92 Porsche 911 RSR crew repeat their victory from the season opener at Silverstone?

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