Monaco

Power Pageant on the Riviera

Media release: 16th May 2013

Source: Porsche AG

The race on the street circuit in Monaco is traditionally one of the highlights of the season. The prestige duel between previous winners Sean Edwards and Jeroen Bleekemolen is certain to guarantee some exciting action. Both Supercup seasoned specialists live in Monaco and know every metre of tarmac on the twisty labyrinth between high-rise apartments and designer boutiques. Jeroen Bleekemolen, who returns to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at his adopted home, could become the first pilot with three victories in Monaco. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast the race live.

Timetable

Session                     Day                 Local Time     UK Time      Duration       
Free Practice
Friday 17:20 16:20 45 minutes
Qualifying Saturday 09:45 08:45 30 minutes
Race Sunday 09:45 08:45 16 Laps

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Second pole position of the season for Sean Edwards

Media release: 25th May 2013

Source: Porsche AG

Sean Edwards takes off into round two of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup from pole position on Sunday in Monte Carlo. In an eventful qualifying session on the challenging street circuit in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur, the winner from last year planted his Allyouneed by Project 1-run 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, on pole 0.623 seconds faster than Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team). The Briton, who lives in Monaco, had already won the season-opening race of the attractive brand trophy series two weeks ago in Barcelona.

Behind the leading pair, both of whom shared the front grid row in Spain, Michael Ammermuller (Germany) from Lechner Racing Team posted the third quickest time ahead of his teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen. At the race in his adopted home, the two-time Supercup champion from the Netherlands returns to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and could become the first race driver with three Supercup victories in Monaco. The fifth spot on the grid went to Germany’s Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH) at his first Supercup appearance of the season. He scored the third fastest qualifying time but received a two grid place penalty because he failed to comply with flag signals. Lining up alongside him on the third grid row as best rookie is Richie Stanaway (DAMS) from New Zealand.

Britain’s Ben Barker (Team Bleekemolen) took the eighth quickest qualifying time ahead of Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (FÖRCH Racing) from Austria. Eleventh was the Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (MRS GT-Racing), the winner of the 2012 International Cup Scholarship. The nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb

(France), the guest driver in the VIP car of Porsche AG, heads into his second Supercup race on Sunday from position 16. His compatriot Sébastien Ogier, the current WRC leader and competing for the first time in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a guest for the Allyouneed by Project 1 team, put his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on position 14. Porsche Junior Michael Christensen (DAMS) from Denmark had to settle for the 20th grid position.

Sean Edwards (pole-sitter): “Our car ran perfectly, it was great to drive. The many yellow flags made it a very difficult qualifying session. I think a faster time would have been possible, but I didn’t really get a clean run. That makes pole position all the more sweeter. For tomorrow’s race I’m of course hoping for a perfect start – and for my second victory in Monaco.”

Kuba Giermaziak (2nd qualifier): “I had just one free lap, so we can be really happy that I managed to clock the second fastest time. I hope that things go a little better for me in the race than recently in Barcelona. If I can make a clean start maybe I can fight Sean for victory.”

Michael Ammermuller (3rd qualifier): “On my quickest lap I had to overtake another car. That was typical for this difficult qualifying. I could have gone even faster under normal circumstances, but I am satisfied with my grid position. My goal for the race is to have a good start and to go for a podium finish.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 9th qualifier): “This is my first race in Monaco, so I’m feeling pretty good. On my second set of tyres I made a mistake in braking and then later touched the barriers. I came in to the pits to change the tyres. It was the right decision because I then set my fastest time with the old tyres.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 11th qualifier): “It was an exciting qualifying. With my first set of tyres I was even in the top five, but I can still be satisfied with ninth place. Now I’m hoping to finish further up the field in tomorrow’s race.”

Sébastien Loeb (16th qualifier): “I was almost in despair. I didn’t get one free lap. At one point I was on the way to a new fastest time, but suddenly two cars stood in the middle of the track. That was typical of this qualifying.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, 20th qualifier): “That was such a disappointment. I had the chance to clock a quicker time but unfortunately I couldn’t make the most of it.”

Sunday’s race is televised live by TV stations Eurosport (09.45 hrs) and Sky (09.40 hr). In addition, Eurosport broadcasts highlights on Sunday at 22.30 hrs in the programme “Motorsport Weekend Magazin”.

Sean Edwards fastest through the twisty labyrinth of Monte Carlo

Media release: 26th May 2013

Source: Porsche AG

Britain’s Sean Edwards is the man of the moment in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. After clinching the season-opener in Barcelona, last year’s Monaco winner also secured Sunday’s prestigious race driving for Allyouneed by Project 1 on the challenging street circuit in Monaco. With the new 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the seventh generation of the 911, he found the fastest race line through the twisting labyrinth between skyscrapers and luxury boutiques and celebrated a commanding lights-to-flag victory.

While he was able to pull clear of his rivals in the first lap after getting away well from pole position, a fierce battle for second was played out in his slipstream, particularly in the closing phase of the race. Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team) came out on top in this spectacular duel set against the picture postcard backdrop of the Principality on the Cote d’Azur, successfully fending off all attacks from Germany’s Michael Ammermuller. Like in Barcelona, the Lechner Racing Team pilot brought home third and with Kuba Giermaziak is one of the strongest contenders in the bid for the title against Sean Edwards.

Jeroen Bleekemolen’s dream of scoring his third Supercup win in Monaco did not come true. Driving for the Lechner Racing team, the double Supercup winner from the Netherlands returned in Monaco to the flagship series of Porsche’s 20 one-make championships worldwide and narrowly missed out on a podium spot with fourth. Behind Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH) and the Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing), New Zealander Richie Stanaway (DAMS) snatched seventh place as the best newcomer. This puts him at the head of the rookie classification. Denmark’s Nicki Thiim (Attempto Racing), who made a promising start to the season with second place at round one in Barcelona, had to settle for eighth in Monaco. Behind the best rookie of 2012, two other Supercup fledglings rounded off the top ten: Ben Barker (Great Britain) from Team Bleekemolen and Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Austria) driving for FÖRCH Racing. Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (MRS GTRacing), the winner of the 2012 International Cup Scholarship, finished in eleventh place. Bad luck for the Porsche Junior Michael Christensen from Denmark: After yielding a strong fifth in Barcelona, the DAMS squad pilot became entangled in a collision early on in the race and found himself shuffled to the back of the pack.

One of the highlights of the Supercup guest performance in the millionaires’ playground was the duel of the rally stars: Manning the VIP car fielded by Porsche AG, the nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb from France brought home 16th place from his second Supercup race. His compatriot Sébastien Ogier, the current leader in the WRC, celebrated his debut in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a guest driver for the Allyouneed by Project 1 team and received the flag in 13th. Sean Edwards (winner): “That was the perfect conclusion to a fabulous week. On Monday I won the Nurburgring 24 hour race, and now my second triumph here in Monaco – it doesn’t get better than that. Like in the qualifying session my car was simply perfect. I was so much quicker than my pursuers that I didn’t have to take any risks. This win also belongs to my team.”

Kuba Giermaziak (second): “Finally I was able to match my good qualifying result in the race. At the moment Sean is driving in a completely different league. I didn’t have the slightest chance of overtaking him. Still we are very satisfied with how we’ve started our season. There are some tracks coming up that suit us better. And that’s where we’ll strike.”

Michael Ammermuller (third): “My start wasn’t great, but I was able to hold on to my position. Towards the end I was a little faster than Kuba, but you couldn’t entertain trying to pass on this track. I didn’t take any risks and instead just concentrated on bringing home third place.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, tenth): “I’d actually expected to do a bit better. My start was good, but I encountered so much traffic in the first corner that I lost a place. At the same time I sustained a hit to the right front wheel and from then on the suspension was slightly bent."

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, eleventh): “Even though I was eleventh as well in Barcelona I still have the feeling we are progressing. Particularly in qualifying, we were much better in Monaco. We will continue working hard and I hope that I can finish somewhere near the top five in the next races.”

Sébastien Loeb (Guest driver Porsche AG, 16th): “I really enjoyed the two Supercup races in Barcelona and Monaco. I want to thank Porsche again for entrusting me with the VIP car. Of course I was hoping for a better result, but I also knew that it would be really tough against the Supercup specialists and that you can only overtake in Monaco when the guy in front of you makes a mistake. Who knows, perhaps I’ll return to this great series someday.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, 25th): “Today was not my day. In the chicane a competitor made a hopeless braking manoeuvre and pushed me into a spin, then suddenly I had the entire field in front of me. Under normal circumstances you can’t overtake in Monaco, so my race was practically over.”

Barker tames mean streets for top ten in Monaco

Media release: 26th May 2013

Source: Ben Barker

Ben Barker claimed a second top ten finish in as many Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup outings, improving on his previous best to come home in ninth place in the annual race around the streets of Monaco.

Building on an impressive debut in Barcelona, where he claimed tenth place under persistent pressure from multiple world rally champion Sebastian Loeb, the 21-year old Briton started his Monaco weekend strongly, posting a top five performance in Thursday’s practice session, despite still exploring the limits of both the track and his car.

Despite being familiar with the street circuit following his win at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique a year ago, tackling it at the wheel of the Supercup machine was a different challenge for Barker, but it was also proving problematic for his rivals, particularly when it came to qualifying early on Friday morning.

“The qualifying session was manic – and very frustrating,” the Team Bleekemolen driver revealed, “There seemed to be yellow flags every other lap, while two red flags made it very difficult to maintain any momentum. I got a couple of clear laps in, but I wasn’t able to maximise the tyres while they were at their peak and, even when I set good sector times through the first part of the lap, an accident in the third brought out more yellow flags and meant that I didn’t improve.”

Barker’s effort proved good enough for eighth on the highly-competitive grid, an improvement of three spots over his Barcelona starting position and once again put him ahead of some more experienced rivals, but the narrow confines at Monaco also meant that he would lining up in the thick of the action heading for Ste Devote on Sunday morning.

Despite having no margin for error, the former Carrera Cup GB runner-up made a good getaway as the lights went out, and almost gained a spot on the short run to turn one. With discretion being the better part of valour, however, Barker held on to his eighth place as the field headed up the hill at Beau Rivage, and would remain there for much of the 16-lap encounter.

Harassing fellow single-seater convert Richie Stanaway for seventh again provided Barker with some good exposure during live coverage of the race on Eurosport, but the Briton was unable to penetrate his Kiwi rival’s resolute defence, as Stanaway made his car as wide as possible in the few overtaking zones.

Unfortunately for Barker, his rival’s obstinacy meant that a train quickly formed in their wake and, with just a handful of laps remaining, Supercup veteran Niki Thiim slid into the side of the #10 machine at the hairpin, forcing it wide and claiming its place in the queue behind Stanaway. With little time to fight back, Barker had to make do with holding on to ninth spot, despite looking for ways to repass his rival, but was pleased to come away with the race’s second fastest lap.

“Ninth place could be made more frustrating by the fact that I set the second best lap time, but I still have to be happy with the result,” the Briton insisted, “There is such a fine line to racing at Monaco, things could have been better but they could also have been a lot worse. It was a bit rough being bundled out of eighth, but I was really happy with the pace we had in the car. I feel that I could have joined the battle for second place had I been able to get by Stanaway early on, but that’s the nature of the beast around here.”

Nevertheless, Barker’s result did move him up two positions in the championship standings, and he will arrive at the next round sitting in eighth place overall.

“Taking two top ten finishes in my first two Supercup races is really encouraging, and I can’t wait to get back out in the car, particularly as the next round is my home race at Silverstone,” he concluded.

The third round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in support of the British Grand Prix over the weekend of 28-30 June.