Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
2018 marks the 26th season for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Porsche’s most international one-make cup was contested for the first time at Imola in 1993. With a capacity grid and races held on tradition-steeped racetracks, the series has offered gripping racing as support to Formula 1 ever since.
The 2018 race calendar consists of ten races over nine weekends. The season opens on Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya not far from Barcelona. Two rounds – Monte Carlo/Monaco and Budapest, Hungary – have been a permanent fixture on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar since the series began. The one-make cup also returns to Hockenheim/Germany after a year’s break. Other venues on the calendar this season are the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria as well as the storied racetracks in Silverstone/Great Britain, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Monza, Italy. A doubleheader at Mexico City concludes the season.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup field is traditionally made up of pilots from all over the world. “We’re pleased with our grid packed with newcomers and seasoned race drivers. It’s the mix that makes the Supercup so appealing and guarantees some truly exciting motorsport,” says Oliver Schwab, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup manager. After celebrating his first championship title last year in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Michael Ammermüller returns to tackle the season as the defending champion. Twenty-eight pilots have signed on for the whole season, with additional guest starters bolstering the grid at individual races.
Successful junior support programme
Joining the grid line-up in 2018 are the two Porsche Juniors, Thomas Preining from Austria and Frenchman Julien Andlauer. Preining contested four rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a guest driver in 2017 and impressed with three top-ten results. Andlauer is the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France and beat eight other international candidates at the junior selection shootout last year. In addition to receiving funding from Porsche to the value of 225.000 Euro towards their Supercup campaign run as support to Formula 1, the talented youngsters are coached on and off the racetrack in preparation for a successful career in professional motor racing.
Talented youngsters and ambitious teams pit themselves against seasoned specialists in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, making the race series an excellent springboard for young hopefuls: Earl Bamber is a classic example: In his 2014 debut season, the New Zealander promptly clinched overall victory, was signed as a Porsche works driver and has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans – twice. A total of nine current Porsche works drivers have climbed the ladder via the Supercup to become professional race drivers.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
In addition to the close competition, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup also represents equality of chances: All race cars are technically identical, as are the Michelin tyres and the fuel. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (the second generation of the 991) has been fielded in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup since 2017. The rear of the new 911 GT3 Cup houses a four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine, guaranteeing powerful propulsion. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers a peak performance of 357 kW (485 hp), making it the most powerful vehicle in the history of the Porsche one-make cup.
There are five different classifications in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: the drivers’ class, Pro-Am drivers’ class, team and rookie classifications as well as a Nations League. The Nations League was introduced in 2017 and underlines the internationality of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. But unlike last year, all drivers can earn points for a nation to showcase the respective Porsche market in the racing series. The points’ allocation and the prize money distribution are defined in the regulations. This season, drivers and teams fight for prize money totalling nearly 800,000 Euros.
In 2018, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup again offers broad media coverage, making the one-make cup an attractive business platform. The stations Eurosport and Sky UK and Sky Italia broadcast all rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup live or delayed-to-live. Moreover, highlights and background reports are televised. After each race, Formula One World Championship Limited (FOWC) makes footage available to TV stations around the world, allowing viewers on five continents to witness the race action. From this season on, all sessions of the weekend – practice, qualifying and championship races – can be watched on a computer or mobile device. The comprehensive marketing concept makes the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup an effective publicity platform, with strong representation in print media, on the Internet and global TV coverage in more than 100 countries
The 2018 races
|11-13.05.2018||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona/Spain (Race 1)|
|24-27.05.2018||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo/Monaco (Race 2)|
|29.06.-01.07.2018||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg/Austria (Race 3)|
|06-08.07.2018||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone/Great Britain (Race 4)|
|20-22.07.2018||Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, Hockenheim/Germany (Race 5)|
|27-29.07.2018||Hungaroring, Budapest/Hungary (Race 6)|
|24-26.08.2018||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa/Belgium (Race 7)|
|31.08.-02.09.2018||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza/Italy (Race 8)|
|26.10.-28.10.2018||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City/Mexico (Races 9&10)|
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