A Hungarian delight awaits . . .

Media release: 6th July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

On the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup heads into the second half of the season on 28 July – with a gripping three-way fight at the top: The leading trio Sean Edwards, Nicki Thiim and Michael Ammermüller are separated by just six points. It will also be interesting to see if Porsche Junior Michael Christensen can continue his series of good performances on the challenging Hungaroring which he crowned with his first Supercup win at the Nürburgring and try to gain more ground in the points’ standings. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast the race live.


Session                     Day                 Local Time     UK Time      Duration       
Free Practice
Friday 16:45 3:45 45 minutes
Qualifying Saturday 12:25 11:25 30 minutes
Race Sunday 11:45 10:45 16 Laps


Hungaroring Map

Sean Edwards tackles sweltering race from pole position

Media release: 27th July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

Competing for the Allyouneed by Project 1 team, Britain’s Sean Edwards heads into round five of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring on Sunday from pole position in temperatures expected to reach almost 40 degrees Celsius. At the wheel of his new 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, he was 0.103 seconds faster in qualifying than last year’s victor Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH) from Germany. This marks the third time that Sean Edwards, the winner of the season-opening races in Barcelona and Monaco, takes off into the race from the best grid position.

Securing the third fastest qualifying time, Supercup rookie Richie Stanaway from New Zealand secured a spot on the second grid row – the best qualifying result for the DAMS driver so far this season. After initially topping the time sheets for quite some time, Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team) eventually finished up on fourth. In 2011, the Pole celebrated his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory in Budapest.

Locking out the third grid row are the Attempto Racing teammates Nicki Thiim (Denmark), the Silverstone winner, and Kévin Estre (France). Porsche Junior Michael Christensen (Denmark), who recently clinched his first Supercup win on the Nurburgring, turned the eighth quickest time at his debut on the challenging Hungaroring circuit behind Germany’s Michael Ammermuller (Lechner Racing Team

In the hotly-contested qualifying, at which like on the Nurburgring the first 15 pilots were within just one second, Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler could initially hold his own in the top group. The Austrian, who celebrates his 22nd birthday today, planted his FÖRCH Racing Porsche on second for a long time, but ultimately had to settle for tenth. Ahead of him, New Zealander Earl Bamber (FACH AUTO TECH) posted the ninth fastest time at his maiden qualifying session in the Supercup. The Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (MRS GT-Racing), who receives support from Porsche as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship for his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign this season, landed on 17th.

Sean Edwards (pole-sitter): “The pole is exactly what we had planned today. I experienced problems with my first set of tyres and afterwards it went much smoother. This track and these temperatures are brutal on the tyres. Since my strongest rival in the championship is starting from further back tomorrow, a win would give us a little more headway.”

Christian Engelhart (2nd qualifier): “I started from second on the grid last year in Budapest and won. I hope I can do that again tomorrow. The qualifying proved very difficult for us initially, the car wasn’t running well, but then we made the right decisions for our second run. The car ran perfectly.”

Richie Stanaway (3rd qualifier): “That was my best qualifying this season. I’m thrilled, even if I could have possibly done a little better in places. But now we’re focussing on the race. I’ll do everything I can to defend this position in the first laps and then surely anything is possible. Let’s see.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, 8th qualifier): “That was not a perfect qualifying. We had problems with the first set of tyres and later tried to change a few things. Unfortunately it didn’t really help.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 10th qualifier): “With the first set of tyres I drove the second fastest time which would of course have been a wonderful birthday present. When I went out on the second set towards the end I hit a caution phase for two laps. That was somewhat unlucky but there is nothing I can do about it. Now we just have to make the most out of the race.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 17th qualifier): “That was disappointing. I don’t understand why we’re so far down the field. We can only continue to work hard and hope that we find a solution to our problems.”

The race on Sunday is shown live by TV stations Eurosport (11.45 hrs) and Sky (11.40 hrs). Eurosport broadcasts highlights on Sunday at 22.30 hrs in the programme “Motorsport Weekend Magazin”.

Sean Edwards extends overall lead with third win of the season

Media release: 28th July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

At the Hungaroring, Britain’s Sean Edwards pocketed his third win of the season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to further extend his lead in the championship. At the wheel of his Allyouneed by Project 1-run new 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, he won in sweltering heat on the Grand Prix course on the outskirts of Budapest with a 0.664 second advantage over Germany’s Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH). Third place went to Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak of the VERVA Racing team.

It was another commanding lights-to-flag victory for Sean Edwards, who had already won the first races of the season in Barcelona and Monaco. From pole position he won the sprint at the start against last year’s winner Christian Engelhart and held onto his lead over the entire 14-lap race distance. In the overall classification of the attractive brand trophy series run as support to Formula one, he increased his lead to 16 points because his strongest title rivals were plagued by bad luck: Denmark’s Nicki Thiim (Attempto Racing), the Silverstone winner, had to settle for eighth place, while Michael Ammermuller (Germany) of the Lechner Racing Team, who secured podium results from the first three races of the season, only saw the flag in 14th place.

Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) and the Austrian Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (FÖRCH Racing) displayed a spirited fight for fourth place. Although Klaus Bachler turned the faster lap times in the closing phase of the race, he did not manage to get past the experienced vice-champion of last year. For the Supercup rookie, who started from tenth on the grid, fifth place marks his best result so far this season.

Denmark’s Michael Christensen (DAMS), the second Porsche Junior in the strong field, finished tenth this time after his recent maiden win at the Nürburgring, but still managed to hold on to his lead in the rookie classification. Behind him on eleventh came Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay who receives support from Porsche as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship for his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign this season.

Experiencing the greatest bad luck in the race was Richie Stanaway. A strong performance in qualifying saw the New Zealander start from the third grid spot. But his race came to a preliminary end when he collided with Michael Ammermüller shortly after the start. Markus Pommer from Germany had better luck: Driving for the Lechner Racing Academy team, the Supercup newcomer clinched seventh place - his first top ten placing this season – and even beat well-known competitors like Nicki Thiim and the double Supercup champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Lechner Racing).

Sean Edwards (winner): “That was of course a perfect weekend. It is victory number three for us and we’ve extended our lead in the championship. It was a tough race in which we were able to implement everything we had planned. I wouldn’t mind it continuing like this.”

Christian Engelhart (second): “I got away well at the start and my car ran superbly in the first half of the race so I could put Sean under pressure. Unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to overtake him. Nevertheless, we’re very happy with second place and I think we can build on this over the remainder of the season.”

Kuba Giermaziak (third): “Of course I would rather have won. We started with new tyres but unfortunately this didn’t quite work. My start was much better than in the last races and I could match the pace of the frontrunners initially, but after four, five laps I lost contact to them. Still, we made up some ground in the championship with third place.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, fifth): “I’m really very pleased. That was a great weekend. I took off from tenth on the grid and was on precisely the right line so I could move into fifth already after the first lap. Early on I was cautious with the tyres and later attempted to push Kévin into making a mistake in front of me. That didn’t work. I reckon we gave the spectators an exciting performance.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, tenth): “It was a difficult race with a turbulent start where I lost a few positions. The result is not exactly what I was hoping for. Now we just have to try and do better in Spa. We’ve already shown what we are capable of at the Nurburgring.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, eleventh): “That was a crazy race. In the first lap I made up eleven places. Unfortunately I made a mistake that threw me out of the top ten. Still, it was great fun.”

Incident leaves Barer wanting more in Hungary

Media release: 29th July 2013

Ben Barker appeared set for at least a second successive top six finish in the highly competitive Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup when he got a taste of the series’ more physical side at the Hungaroring.

The Supercup rookie started the Budapest weekend on the back foot having never been to the long-standing Hungarian Grand Prix venue before, and practice was spent attempting to learn the tricky 14-turn layout as well as finding the best set-up for his #10 Team Bleekemolen car.

With less than a week having passed since he recorded his best result in the series – sixth place at the Nurburgring in Germany – Barker was confident that, with more and more laps, his times would begin to come down and he would be able to compete for another top ten grid spot. However, timing of another sort proved to be the key to success in qualifying, as the best laps were set right at the end of the short session, and Barker admits that he misjudged when to venture out.

“The best times came right at the end of the session, as our Michelin rubber gradually began to replace the Pirelli rubber laid down by the F1 teams,” he explained, “Instead of being on track for the last two laps, I went too early and missed the window… I’m confident that another top ten start would have been possible, even thought I was still learning the track, which is incredibly technical as well as being both narrow and bumpy. You really have to know your way around to get the best out of the car, but I was getting there….”

Despite being just eight-tenths off the pole position time, Barker found himself down in 13th place on the grid, but remained optimistic of picking up places as both he and the CARS-backed entry continued to pick up pace. Another good start – already a feature of his maiden international campaign – saw the 21-year old pick up one place off the line, before an incident further up the road opened the door for bigger gains.

“I went to the inside to get past Markus Pommer when the lights went out, and that proved to be the right place to be when an accident at turn one caught out those on the outside,” Barker grinned, “Instead of just picking up one place, I was able to pick up seven, and came out of the first turn in sixth!"

Underlining the potential of the Bleekemolen entry, Barker was not only able to run with the cars ahead of him, but exhibited the pace to take a look at snatching fifth from Klaus Bachler. Unable to find a way past the Austrian, however, Barker soon found he had Jean-Karl Vernay on his tail, the Frenchman equally eager to make up as many places as possible after a poor qualifying effort.

After five laps of running in a train, Vernay made a mistake at turn 13, clipping the left rear corner of Barker’s car on the exit of the corner, with the contact enough to spin the former Australian F3 champion down the order. Rejoining in 16th, the Briton was able to race with first-lap ‘bad boy’ Michael Ammermuller, but ran out of time to make up the lost ground and had to settle for a single point as reward for his efforts.

“It could have been so much better,” Barker acknowledged, “I definitely had the pace to get ahead of Bachler, so a top five finish should have been possible. Instead, I ended up 16th through something I had no control over…

“That’s racing I guess, but there are still positives to take from the weekend. Considering I didn’t know the circuit before I arrived, to be running sixth – while slightly fortuitously – showed what I am capable of. The car was nicely balanced, even though there is still some more to come from it, and we know we have enough of a package to be a top six contender wherever we go.”

Round six of the season takes place at the end of August and sees Barker heading for another unfamiliar venue, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

“That’s what this season is all about – learning a new series, a new car and new circuits,” he confirmed, “To be running as well as we are is a bonus but, now that I’ve tasted the top six, I want to be there all the time, no matter whether I know the track or not….”

Barker’s disappointing result, allied to Bachler’s top five finish, sees the Briton slip behind his rival to third in the Rookie Cup standings, while continuing to hold down an impressive top nine position in the overall championship.

The sixth round of the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in support of the Belgian Grand Prix over the weekend of 23-25 August.