Porsche Super Cup
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has been supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship since 1993. It is a professional and high-ranking race series which is firmly established and enjoys appreciation with insiders and the public alike. As the fastest and most spectacular international one make cup in the world, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races in 2010 will be held at nine Formula One events world-wide.
At Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, drivers, teams and sponsors contribute the necessary level of teamwork and sporting spirit to an excellent motor racing championship. Passion, entertainment and pure drama are guaranteed. In the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, on average 20 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) model race cars, a limited edition especially developed by Porsche AG, get on the track. The high-ranking participants, including a mixture of famous driver personalities and ambitious, talented young drivers put their abilities to the test on Race Sunday before the Formula One race.
The Race : The calendar comprises 10 championship rounds within 9 racing weekends. At the opening race of the season, two classification rounds will take place there. The champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be crowned at the final European FORMULA 1™ race of the season.
For each event practice sessions of 30 to 45 minutes and a qualifying of 30 to 45 minutes are planned. The starting grid for the classification rounds depends on the result of the qualifying. The races run over a distance of approx. 70 km. In each case this distance is converted into a certain number of laps and indicated for each event. The classification rounds are started by standing start with staggered starting line-up (GP start).
The Driver Rankings : All the results of the individual classification rounds are taken into account for the rankings at the end of the season. There shall be no void results. The driver named in the entry must take part in at least 7 classification rounds in order to be included in the final classification for the year. The driver with the highest total number of points after all classification rounds in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be awarded the title: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Champion.
Driver championship : Points are assigned to the first 15 finishers of each race as follows: 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. All races count. The driver who achieved pole position is awarded 2 championship points.
Team championship : The team ranking is independent of the driver ranking. The points of two vehicles entered under the same licence of an entrant are added together for the team ranking. Where there are more than two vehicles per entrant licence, the results of the two best drivers are counted. Team ranking points are awarded according to the same points system as is used for the driver ranking.
Participants : Porsche organises the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for private teams, who generally enter two race cars for the championship. The Porsche 911, the sprint format of the race and the exclusive frame of the F1 weekends make the Supercup an attractive racing series for professionals and rookie drivers. This series is regarded as a launching pad for careers in sports car (ALMS, FIA GT) and touring car racing.
Occasionally Porsche AG can enter its own team with a guest driver in certain events, which is excluded from driver, team and prize money classification. Even international motor sport aces find it extremely difficult to beat the Supercup specialists in the unfamiliar 911. Likewise, automobile and motorbike world champions often find themselves regularly ending up in the unaccustomed mid-field.
Mika Häkkinen, Ralf Schumacher, Thierry Boutsen, Eddie Irvine, Jacques Laffite, and Marc Surer tried their luck against a pack of seasoned Porsche regulars, as did world rally champions Miki Biasion, Stig Blomqvist, Walter Röhrl, Ari Vatanen, Björn Waldegard and Richard Burns.
Representing the motorbike fraction Luca Cadalora, Giacomo Agostini, Ralf Waldmann and Wayne Garner tried the unusual sensation of high speed cornering in a upright position. Thomas Muster and Henri Leconte drove as tennis cracks. From show business, much to the delight of not only motor sport fans, Chris Rea and Tobias Moretti climbed aboard a Supercup Porsche.
Porsche Super Cup GB 2010 Calender
April 12th-14th, Round 1+2: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
May 7th-9th, Round 3: Gran Premio de España Telefonica 2009, Barcelona
May 14th-16th, Round 4: Grand Prix de Monaco, Monte Carlo
June 25th-27th, Round 5: Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia
July 9th-11st, Round 6: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
July 23rd-25th, Round 7: Grober Preis von Deutschland 2010, Nurburgring
July 28th-30th, Round 8: Magyar Nagydíj, Budapest
August 27th-29th, Round 9: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
September 10th-12th, Round 10: Gran Premio d'Italia, Monza
Season review 2008
Season review 2007
# 09-11.05.08 : Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul
# 20-22.06.08 : Grand Prix de France, Magny-Cours
# 18-20.07.08 : Großer Preis von Deutschland, Hockenheim
The 15th season of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup was sure to be a thriller: More than 728 km of race track with eleven qualifying runs in ten countries were on the programme for 2007. Like last year, the starting signal fell in Bahrain and the cup was again won by British driver Richard Westbrook. However, the battle for the title remained undecided until the last race in Spa-Franchorchamps.
Thirty-two year-old Westbrook won his second title in succession thanks to his great consistency.He reached the top of the podium in Barcelona and Budapest.But in the eleven races of the season, he earned a podium spot eight times.
He steered his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to two second and four third places.Westbrook moved to the top of the leader board in the third race at the Circuit de Catalunya and successfully defended his position until the end of the season.
Damien Faulkner from Ireland and Uwe Alzen from Betzdorf in Germany also won two races each. Both competitors followed closely at Richard Westbrook's heels and ensured that this year's championship remained thrilling to the very end. Thirty year-old Faulkner, champion of the Carrera Great Britain in 2006, finished the year in second place. He was followed by the experienced, forty year-old Porsche veteran Uwe Alzen in third place.
Top-class motor sport was also shown by the guest drivers, who followed an invitation by Porsche AG to drive the matt black VIP 911 with the starting number "88". The anniversary season of the world's fastest international manufacturer's cup saw Altfrid Heger, who wrote motor sport history as the first Supercup champion in 1993, the former Formula 1 driver Derek Warwick and the five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela take their place behind the wheel of the 400 bhp racing car.
Season review 2006
The 14th season of the Porsche Michelin Supercup came up with some novelties. The first round took off on the Bahrain International Circuit and at the end Richard Westbrook won the championship as the first Englishman in the history of the fastest international one-make-cup.
The 31-year-old professional racer from London captured the title early at the tenth round on the circuit in Hockenheim. On his way to taking the Cup he earned four victories, two second placings as well as three podiums as third. The 2004 Carrera Cup Great Britain champion also secured his team Morellato Racing important points to win the constructors championship ahead of tolimit Motorsport.
Uwe Alzen took the podium also four times as a winner. At the final round in Monza the 39-year-old from Germany gained a special victory. With an average speed of 183.060 kph he drove the fastest race in the history of the Porsche Michelin Supercup, which since 1993 has run as support to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Alzen finished the 2006 season second ahead of the 22-year-old Austrian Richard Lietz and the quadruple Supercup champion Patrick Huisman from the Netherlands.