Nurburgring

Nurburgring Next for Supercup

Media release: 3rd July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

After a one year break, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup returns to the Eifel region. The race on the Nürburgring promises to turn into a gripping fight for the championship lead between Sean Edwards and Michael Ammermüller, with Silverstone winner Nicki Thiim adding some extra spice to the mix. Spectators could also be treated to some action from Porsche Junior Michael Christensen who moved into the lead of the rookie classification after his strong performance in Silverstone and is keen to stay there. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast the race live.

Timetable

Session                     Day                 Local Time     UK Time      Duration       
Free Practice
Friday 16:45 15:45 45 minutes
Qualifying Saturday 12:25 11:25 30 minutes
Race Sunday 11:45 10:45 14 Laps

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First Supercup pole for Porsche Junior Michael Christensen

Media release: 6th July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

A premiere for Michael Christensen: The Porsche Junior from Denmark posted his first pole position in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the Nürburgring. Competing for the DAMS squad, he was 0.039 seconds faster than Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) in the gripping qualifying with his 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911. He drove his best time in sunny summer weather in the very last lap. A week ago in Silverstone, Christensen took off from the first grid row and finished third.

The qualifying for round four of the popular brand trophy series was hotly contested, with the first 15 pilots all within a second. Behind the leading pair Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team) clocked the third quickest time and shares the second grid row with Denmark’s Nicki Thiim (Attempto Racing), winner of last week’s race in Silverstone. Driving for the Allyouneed by Project 1 team, Sean Edwards from Great Britain, winner of the first two rounds in Barcelona and Monaco and current leader of the championship, had to settle for position five on the grid. Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (Lechner Racing), the only Supercup pilot so far to climb the podium at every race, was sixth.

The qualifying session did not go as hoped for Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler. On his first set of tyres he slid from the track and into a stack of tyres. Afterwards he was unable to improve on his qualifying time. Driving for FÖRCH Racing, the Austrian had to settle for the twelfth grid spot. Jean-Karl Vernay (MRS GT-Racing) landed even further down the grid. The Frenchman, who receives support from Porsche as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship in this year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and celebrated a class victory two weeks ago at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche, concluded the qualifying on position 20.

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, pole-sitter): “To be faster than all the others when it comes down to it – that’s a great feeling. I don’t get any extra points, but it’s still the best starting position in the race. My car was good, just like I wanted it, even with the first set of tyres, although I wasn’t that fast there. So we decided to go out on the second set. The gamble paid off.”

Kévin Estre (2nd qualifier): “I’m pleased with second. I haven’t really been that lucky so far this season. It was a very tight qualifying and I was really close to the pole. But the first grid row is great. Now I’m hoping for a good car on Sunday and that I can finish better than in the first three races.”

Kuba Giermaziak (3rd qualifier): “I made two little mistakes, otherwise it might have been enough for pole position. I’ve already apologised to my team who put a great car on the track for me today. I really wanted pole position, but you saw again today that even if you have a fast car and you know the track well, everything has to go perfectly if you want to be at the front of this strong field. Still we have a good chance in the race. Our speed is fine, we already saw that in Silverstone. If I can get away well tomorrow in the race perhaps I can even go for victory.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 12th qualifier): “That was not my day. I’m really disappointed. On my first set of tyres I went off after making one of the stupidest mistakes I’ve ever made. Nothing worked after that, although luckily the car wasn’t too badly damaged. I simply can’t be satisfied with twelfth place.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 20th qualifier): “It’s disappointing of course. It’s going to be extremely difficult to get ahead in the race from so far back but I’ll do my very best.”

The race on Sunday is broadcast live by TV stations Eurosport (11.45 hrs) and Sky (11.40 hrs). Eurosport also televises highlights on Sunday at 23.15 hrs in its “Motorsport Weekend Magazin” programme.

Porsche Junior Michael Christensen scores first Supercup win

Media release: 7th July 2013

Source: Porsche AG

It was Michael Christensen’s weekend: On the Nurburgring the Porsche Junior from Denmark set the fastest time in free practice, posted pole position in qualifying and in the race celebrated his maiden victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In his DAMS team 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the seventh generation of the 911, the Supercup newcomer won by 1.661 seconds over his compatriot Nicki Thiim (Attempto Racing), the winner of last week’s Silverstone round. Third place went to Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing).

A convincing lights-to-flag victory, which further extended Michael Christensen’s lead in the rookie classification of the popular brand trophy series, was the reward for his flawless performance. On the back of his podium result with third last week in Silverstone, the Porsche Junior made a clean start in the race from pole position. Already after two laps on the Eifel circuit, he managed to pull clear of his pursuers. Although his lead of 1.7 seconds diminished at times to just 0.6 seconds, he kept his cool under pressure and brought his maiden Supercup victory safely home.

At first it was the pursuing quartet who clung to the bumper of the front-runner in the warm summer temperatures: Nicki Thiim, Kévin Estre, Sean Edwards as well as Kuba Giermaziak, who very soon farewelled his chances at a podium spot: When he tried to overtake the driver in front, the VERVA Racing pilot from Poland spun after a slight touch and left the track completely just one lap later, this time without being nudged. From position three, Nicki Thiim watched for a while how Michael Christensen was building a comfortable lead at the front. When he passed his teammate Kévin Estre with five laps to go, it was already too late to put the leader under any great pressure. In the final lap Kévin Estre had to defend himself against a spirited attack from Sean Edwards (Team Allyouneed by Project 1). But the Briton, the winner of the first two races of the season in Barcelona and Monaco, was not willing to risk everything and instead concentrated on bringing home secure points for fourth place and defending his lead in the championship.

Germany’s Michael Ammermuller (Lechner Racing Team), who has succeeded in climbing the podium at all three previous races, had to settle for fifth place this time. Putting in a strong drive, Supercup newcomer Ben Barker (Team Bleekemolen) from Great Britain was rewarded with sixth place. Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (FÖRCH Racing) from Austria made up three places in the race and landed on ninth. Jean-Karl Vernay (MRS GT-Racing) made an even more impressive chase through the field: The Frenchman, who receives support from Porsche this season in his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship and who celebrated class victory two weeks ago at the Le Mans 24 Hours, had taken up the race from a lowly 20th grid spot – and saw the flag in eleventh.

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, winner): “It’s a fantastic feeling to have won my first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race. My only concern was the start. But that worked well and afterwards it was actually quite easy. I quickly built up my lead and then focused on not making any mistakes. When the others came closer I would still have been able to do something about it if necessary.”

Nicki Thiim (second): “What a great race. We earned crucial points towards the championship and it can continue this way. If I’d overtaken Kévin a bit early perhaps I could have put even more pressure on Michael. But I couldn’t catch him anymore.

Still I’m happy and I’m pleased for Michael scoring his first Supercup win. It’s always good to hear the Danish national anthem at the podium ceremony.”

Kévin Estre (third): “Initially I couldn’t get to grips with my car that well, Nicki was faster. Later it was better but I made a minor error and flat-spotted my tyre. That was it for me. I’m pleased I was able to salvage third place.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, ninth): “It was a good race. The priority for me today was to earn some points again. I made a super start and I think I was running in eighth when someone nudged me from behind. I spun ad lost time of course. In the final phase I was able to fight my way ahead again.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, eleventh): “To take off from the 20th grid spot and finish on eleventh place is not bad. Things could have gone a little better but I’m happy to at least yield some points. That was a small ray of hope.”

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Media release: 7th July 2013