Silverstone Preview

Media release: 29th June 2013

Source: Porsche AG

The Silverstone circuit is a favourite amongst many of the Supercup pilots. With legendary corners like Copse, Stowe and Brooklands, the storied track in the British Midlands poses a unique challenge. It is a special race for Britain’s Sean Edwards, the clear leader of the championship. After winning the race in his adopted home of Monaco, he is now eager to win again at his second home race in Silverstone. TV stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast round three live.


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


Nicki Thiim achieves first pole position of the season

Media release: 29th June 2013

Source: Porsche AG

On the Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone, the Danish driver Nicki Thiim takes up round three of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race on Sunday from pole position. At the wheel of his Attempto Racing 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, the rookie winner of last year was 0.161 seconds faster than his compatriot Michael Christensen in the extremely competitive qualifying. The Porsche Junior, who contests his maiden season in the world’s most attractive brand trophy series, takes up the Supercup race from the front row for the first time after a strong performance in the 911 fielded by the DAMS team.

Behind the Danish duo, Sean Edwards (Team Allyouneed by Project 1) posted the third quickest time. The Briton has won the first two rounds of the season in Barcelona and Monaco - both from pole position. Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), who finished second at Monaco, claimed the fourth grid spot ahead of Christian Engelhart (FACH AUTO TECH) from Germany. After two podium finishes with third place at Barcelona and Monaco, his compatriot Michael Ammermuller clocked the sixth quickest time for Lechner Racing. Frenchman Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) and Martin Ragginger from Austria, who contests his first Supercup race of the season, share the fourth grid row in positions seven and eight respectively. The former Porsche Junior who usually competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is expected to contest five Supercup rounds for the Swiss team FACH AUTO TECH this season.

Klaus Bachler and Jean-Karl Vernay fell short of expectations at Silverstone. The Porsche Junior from Austria had to settle for the 17th grid spot, whilst the Frenchman, who receives support from Porsche in this season’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as the winner of the International Cup Scholarship, landed on position 21. Last week he made headlines after clinching victory in the GTE-Am class at the Le Mans 24 hour race in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Nicki Thiim (pole-sitter): “In the Supercup you don’t get a lot of time to familiarize yourself with the track. When things didn’t go too well on my first set of tyres I had a few concerns, but we were then quicker on the second set. I’m thrilled that Danes have locked out the front row. It would be great if we could also finish the race in this order. This is a fitting occasion to remember Allan Simonsen who died in an accident last week in Le Mans.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche-Junior, 2nd qualifier): “I’m delighted with this great result. I was able to quickly bring the car to the limit and fully implement the plan we had put into place. I’m very pleased to see two Danes on the first row of course but still I’m quite keen to switch positions in the race.”

Sean Edwards (3rd qualifier): “The third grid spot is not bad, but it’s not what we had hoped for. Although I was able to improve over the course of the qualifying, I was still not completely happy with the car. Now I’m hoping things go better in the race.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 17th qualifier): “I’m driving in Silverstone for the first time. In free practice the conditions were very mixed so it was not easy to get used to the track. Today it was dry and our car was set-up very aggressively so that the tyres were only optimal for one lap. And unfortunately I didn’t manage it in that one lap. Now in the race I’ll try to make the most out of the situation.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 21st qualifier): “I’ve never taken up a race from so far back in the field. A week ago in Le Mans I was on par with the best sports car drivers in the world, now I can’t even turn one decent lap. It’s very hard to get to grips with this.”

The race on Sunday is broadcast live by TV station Sky Sport 1 at 11.40 hours. In addition, Eurosport 2 televises highlights at 13.00 hours on Sunday, with Eurosport going to air on Sunday at 22.00 hours in its programme “Motorsport Weekend Magazin”.

Nicki Thiim celebrates first victory of the season

Media release: 30th June 2013

Source: Porsche AG

On the Silverstone Circuit, Nicki Thiim from Denmark achieved his first victory of the season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. At the wheel of his 460 hp new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the seventh generation of the 911, the Attempto Racing rookie winner of last year won by 0.580 seconds over Germany’s Michael Ammermuller (Lechner Racing). Clinching third for the DAMS squad on the challenging Grand Prix circuit, Porsche-Junior Michael Christensen (Denmark) scored his best Supercup result so far this season and moved into the lead of the rookie classification for the first time.

In sunshine and warm temperatures, Nicki Thiim took off from pole position and immediately settled in at the front of the field. After just a few laps he had built up such a comfortable lead that his second Supercup success after Spa in 2012 was no longer under threat. Michael Christensen, who had started from the front row next to him, initially managed to defend his second place, but came under increasing pressure from Michael Ammermüller. The Lechner Racing pilot, who made up three places after a very strong start, waited patiently until lap seven when he finally nipped past the Porsche Junior. After finishing third in Barcelona and Monaco, he is the only Supercup pilot who has climbed the podium at every round. In the championship standings, he now ranks second, four points behind the leader Sean Edwards. The Briton from Allyouneed by Project 1, winner of Barcelona and Monaco, saw the flag at his home race in fourth.

Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Racing Team), who clinched second in Monaco, brought home fifth place ahead of last year’s vice champion Kévin Estre (Attempto Racing) from France. Behind them two FACH AUTO TECH pilots delivered a spirited duel over the entire distance, with Martin Ragginger ultimately beating Christian Engelhart. The former Porsche Junior from Austria, who normally contests the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, finished his first Supercup race this season in seventh, with his teammate from Germany relegated to the eighth spot.

For Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler, a top ten placing in Silverstone proved to be out of reach. Taking up the race from only 17th position, the FÖRCH Racing driver from Austria managed to make up three positions in the highly competitive field, but was shuffled back to 21st after being handed a 25-second penalty for a collision with Sebastiaan Bleekemolen. For Jean-Karl Vernay (France) the third race weekend was not a lot better. Driving for MRS GT-Racing, the winner of the International Cup Scholarship who this year receives support from Porsche to contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, landed on 20th. A week ago at the Le Mans 24 Hours, he had celebrated one of the most momentous success of his career as winner of the GTE-Am class.

Nicki Thiim (winner): “That was a truly wonderful weekend. I wanted to win the race for Allan Simonsen and I’m happy that I have succeeded. Towards the end of the race I had to fight a little but luckily my advantage was big enough. Winning in Silverstone on this challenging circuit is something very special. I got goose bumps during the cool-down lap with the cheering crowds – they are all avid fans.”

Michael Ammermuller (second): “The qualifying was not ideal, but everything ran better in the race. I got away well at the start and immediately made up three places. In the second half of the race I was a touch faster than Michael Christensen who was ahead of me and when he made a small mistake I overtook him on the inside. Nicki Thiim was too far away at the head of the field to even think about going for him. This is a great result for me and it opens the chance for us in the fight for the championship.”

Michael Christensen (third): “That was a good race. I’m pleased about the podium and the points. It’s great that I also drove the fastest race lap. The race didn’t go so smoothly at the halfway point so I had to let Michael Ammermuller pass me. Afterwards the car ran better again. We have the speed, that’s for sure, but there are still a few things that we need to work on for the race.”

Jean-Karl Vernay (Winner International Cup Scholarship, 20th): “That was a weekend to forget. I’m now looking ahead to the Nurburgring and hope that things work out better there.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 21st place): “Our pace was definitely better than in qualifying. What I lacked at first was track knowledge. But that improved during the race.”

Barker maintains top ten form at Silverstone

Media release: 30th June 2013

Ben Barker continued his run of top ten finishes in the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, equalling his best result of the season as the globe-trotting series touched down on home soil at Silverstone in support of the British Grand Prix.

After more than a month away from competition while the F1 circus made its annual trip to Canada, Barker was champing at the bit ahead of practice, but knew that the 45-minute session would be a mix of learning the circuit and attempting to fine-tune his Team Bleekemolen entry to the quick Silverstone layout. 

Despite being one of three British drivers entered for round three of the season, Barker had yet to drive the extended grand prix circuit in anger, but his hopes of progress early in the weekend were stymied by some typical English weather which, having been fair immediately before the Supercup runners left the pit-lane, quickly turned into steady drizzle that left the track surface greasy rather than either completely wet or dry.

“The session was something of a write-off,” Barker sighed, “The weather was our worst nightmare, being neither one thing or the other, and I missed the single two-lap window in which others set a decent time. As a result, we were further down the order than our pace probably warranted, and we didn’t learn very much for the weekend either.”

Qualifying on Saturday morning proved to be only a little better for the 21-year old, as he struggled with snap oversteer that restricted him to tenth spot – an improvement of three places over Friday – and an afternoon of poring over the data in search of a solution. Eventually, after a thorough investigation of the #10 machine, the engineers seconded to Barker’s effort from 2012 UK entrant Parr Motorsport discovered a crack in the left rear driveshaft which went a long way to explaining the handling problems he had suffered in the timed session.

“The team says I was lucky that the shaft hadn’t exploded during qualifying,” the Briton revealed, “I could hear a knocking noise throughout the session, but we couldn’t pinpoint it until afterwards. The crack could have been caused by the amount of wheelspin I was getting while running slicks in Friday’s damp conditions, but that’s no consolation because I wanted a better result from my home race.”

With the problem fixed overnight, Barker was able to approach Sunday morning’s F1 curtain-raiser with renewed confidence. In front of a capacity crowd already buoyed by home success in both the GP2 and GP3 series, the Briton was quickly into ninth place, and briefly threatened to take eighth before his position on the outside for Brooklands worked against him.

From there on, the race proved to be largely processional, with overtaking opportunities limited by the layout and the parity of the lead group in which Barker found himself. Despite being able to run close to Supercup veterans Martin Ragginger and Christian Engelhardt, and post lap times on a par with the frontrunners, the Briton was unable to engineer a passing position. 

“I was happier with the pace we had, but had no confidence under braking, as the rear wheels were locking up,” he explained, “The problem persisted even when I altered the brake bias, and it prevented me from making a lunge at those ahead. Despite that, I was able to run with the chasing pack, and had points leader Sean Edwards in sight for the entire 13 laps, but was waiting for someone to make a mistake in order to improve my position.”

A second successive ninth-place finish was still a good result for the rookie, who has now completed each of his first three Supercup races inside the top ten, and moved into a share of sixth overall in the championship standings ahead of round four at the Nurburgring this weekend.

“The race may not have produced the top five result we were hoping for, but it was another top ten, and that is what we are targeting from every round in my rookie season,” Barker concluded, before heading for an on-stage appearance alongside Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP’s Cal Crutchlow at the post-grand prix party, “The atmosphere has been amazing all weekend – even on Friday when it was cold and wet – and I wish I could have got a better result for everyone. Looking out across the crowd at the after-party was an amazing way to round things off, but there is no time to dwell on what might have been,  as there is another new circuit to learn this weekend and another top ten result to chase…” 

The fourth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in support of the German Grand Prix over the weekend of 5-7 July.


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