Motorsport News

October 25, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Next Porsche Motorsport Event:
FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. 6 Hours of Shanghai, Shanghai International Speedway
Dateline. Shanghai, China
Date. Sunday, November 6
Track Length. 3.338-miles, 16-turn
Race Duration. Six-Hours
Class. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. 8 of 9
Next Round. Six Hours of Bahrain, Bahrain, November 19, 2016

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Taking a Drink from the Supercup. American Drivers Take Top-Ten Finishes in COTA Porsche Series.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the pinnacle of the Porsche one-make championship ladder, the final rung before entering full professional endurance sports car racing. As such, the championship, which dates back to 1993, draws teams and drivers from around the world. As the premier of the 20 international one-make series utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Supercup runs exclusively with Formula One and has been the final test for many of the Porsche factory drivers. The series made its only United States appearance of 2016 with twin races at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in conjunction with the United States Grand Prix. The pair of 14-lap races - approximately 30-minutes each - ran on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday October 23.

Texas supplied two drivers - 2015 Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) and Will Hardeman (Austin, Texas) along with the Texas-based team, Austin's Moorespeed, LLC, to the field. Both drivers are regulars in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup-based series in North America. Udell won the 2016 GT Cup class of the Pirelli World Challenge with GMG Racing while Hardeman was a regular on the podium in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama piloting a 911 GT3 Cup car for Moorespeed.

It was Udell who had the best result of the weekend but both drivers showed impressive speed and competitiveness in the series that is well recognized for benefiting season-long entrants. Udell exceeded his expectations for this introductory weekend earning a hard-fought sixth-place finish in Sunday's race, up from 11th the day before driving the No. 70 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Hardeman piloted the No. 69 Moorespeed entry to a weekend-best 10th on Sunday and 17th on Saturday. Both drivers profited from a 30-second penalty being assessed to a competitor ahead of them in Sunday's race moving each one spot to the better in the final standings.

While Michelin is the longtime Porsche tire partner for Supercup, neither Texan nor the team had ever utilized the Michelin racing slick. Hardeman is accustom to Yokohamas on his GT3 Cup car in IMSA while Udell's championship came on Pirelli rubber. While the Michelin tire is excellent, it provides very different driving characteristics to the other two brands adding to the difficulty of transition into Supercup. A canceled tire test would have helped flatten the learning curve. Porsche factory driver and overall Le Mans Champion Earl Bamber (New Zealand) provided driver coaching to Moorespeed in Texas.

While no citizens of the United States or Canada piloted the cars, the Celebration, Florida-based MOMO-Megatron Team PARTRAX had four cars entered at COTA.

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), headquartered at Porsche's newest Experience Center in Carlsbad, California, provided complete race support for the 28-car Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series in Austin.

Supporting images are available at:
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David Moore, President, Moorespeed.

"I am really proud of both guys. They did a good job, they had good, clean starts, and both moved up significantly right at the get-go. No one really gave us a chance of getting inside the top-15, but we got two guys in there and had a pair of top-10 finishes. They ran hard, ran strong and it is definitely Will's highlight of his career so far, and it might even be for Alec. He just won a championship, and he has been racing for a long time, but Supercup is some serious business here. You are racing against the best in the world."

"Sunday's race was twice as clean as Saturday. The driving was twice as clean, we were still racing as hard as it gets, but the little errors kind of get ironed out on day two. I feel that I am really getting a handle on this setup, my learning curve is so steep right now, but it is a really fun place to be."

Alec Udell, Driver, No. 70 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

"I couldn't be happier with our results. I made it up to sixth at one point, lost that position and fell back to seventh, but it was just awesome to see my name and number up on the leader board with all of the other cars. To come out in this field and run in and near the top-10 like Will and I both did, I think it speaks wonders to the program here at Moorespeed. Huge thanks to all the guys; they put a great car together. It's a great showing here on this international stage up here with Formula 1 this weekend."

Will Hardeman, Driver, No. 69 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

"I am absolutely elated with the results on Sunday and my driving. For me to advance as far as I did through the field, six positions from Saturday's race, it really couldn't have gone much better. I probably could have picked up one more position at the end of the day, but I was still driving in the 99th percentile. My goal this weekend was to finish in the top-15, and my super, far-reaching goal was to break into the top-10. We got there and I couldn't be happier with the results."

North American Regular Is Supercup Champ. Müller Earns 2017 One-Make Title.

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has a new champion. The 24-year-old German Sven Müller secured the title of the international Porsche makes cup at the season finale at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The Porsche junior finished eighth on Sunday to secure the championship crown ahead of Matteo Cairoli. Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet won the last race in his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in front of Cairoli and Jeffrey Schmidt. Last weekend, Müller clinched the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland championship as well.

The Porsche Supercup series is in its last season using this generation of 911. A 2017 version of the world's most produced racecar was announced in early October at both the Paris Auto Show in France and the Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Georgia.

Thanks to consistent performances, Müller distinguished himself over the course of the season with eight podium finishes in ten races. He won three rounds (in Spielberg, Silverstone and Budapest), finished in second-place four times and third once. He set pole position once. His championship rival Matteo Cairoli won four races (Barcelona, Monaco, Hockenheim and Monza) but went home from several races empty-handed. Due to his retirement while leading at race nine on Saturday in Austin, Cairoli was robbed of the all-important points. Ultimately, Müller scored the title with 162 points with runner-up Cairoli on 151 points. Jaminet, who had already claimed an early rookie title at Monza, ranked third overall with 146 points with three wins (in Spa and a double victory at Austin). The Lechner MSG Racing team netted a clear win in the team classification with drivers Müller and Ammermüller.

In addition to his one-make experience in 2016, Müller made two starts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R. His first start came with Frikadelli Racing at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, his second with WeatherTech Alex Job Racing at Road America.

Sven Müller, 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Champion.

"Right now I'm the happiest and most grateful person on the planet. To win two titles was my greatest dream. I could only believe it once I had crossed the finish line, then adrenaline rushed through my body. I'm absolutely thrilled."

2017 Trophy Chase. Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Announces 2017 Schedule.

Building on a decade of growth, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA announced its 2017 event schedule, which features some of the most compelling tracks in North America.

Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA entries grew to record numbers in 2016 with the addition of the Silver class, which utilizes the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Both the Diamond and Platinum classes - which use 911 GT3 Cup machines, the most highly produced racecar in the world - also posted large and highly competitive fields the 16-race championship in 2016.

In 2017, the all-Porsche race series will once again feature eight weekends of competition, with every event including double-headers for a total of 16 races. The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA series will visit several of the same tracks as it did in 2016 including Sonoma Raceway (May 19-21), Utah Motorsports Campus (June 2-4 and August 10-13), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (July 28-30 and October 13-15) and Circuit of the Americas (Sept 1-3).

New for 2017 are Thunderhill Raceway Park and Road America. Thunderhill, in California, will host the season-opening event on April 14-16. The series most recently competed at the facility in 2011. The Road America event will mark the penultimate round of the 2017 championship on September 22-24. The series last ran at the historic road course located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin in 2014.

The 2017 season-finale held at Monterey, California's Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October will be held in conjunction with the Pirelli World Challenge finale.

The GT3 Cup Trophy USA is operated by Competent Motorsport, and will look forward to its 11th year of operation in 2017.

Greg Franz, President, Competent Motorsport.

"We were thrilled with our 2016 season, and this is a great way to launch 2017 with this announcement. Our teams and drivers gave us a lot of good feedback about where they wanted to race and the kind of events that we wanted to be a part of, so we are happy to be able to deliver on what they were looking for. It is exciting for us to team with the Pirelli World Challenge for three event weekends next year is something that we are very happy about. This is the earliest that we've been in a position to confirm our next season schedule and now we are focused on having another great season in 2017."

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Upcoming Porsche Events

FIA/ World Endurance Championship
Event: 6 Hours of Bahrain, Fuji International Speedway
Dateline: Fuji, Japan
Date: Sunday, November 19
Track Length: 2.83-miles, 16-turn
Race Duration: Six-Hours
Class: LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round: 9 of 9
Next Round: 2017


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