Porsche's racing weekend round-up: a Supercup thriller and Le Mans looms large
Miss the action over the weekend? No worries: here's a two-minute round-up of everything that happened on the racetrack for Porsche
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
Another busy weekend for Porsche Motorsport saw the single-make Mobil 1 Supercup return to Spa for a superb support race on the Formula 1 calendar. Porsche Juniors Ayhancan Güven and Jaxon Evans locked out the front row in qualifying, with championship favourites Dylan Pereira in third and Larry ten Voorde in sixth.
The race was characteristically close, and after 11 laps less than nine seconds separated the top ten drivers. Güven maintained his advantage from the start while an under-pressure Evans eventually left the track in the closing stages, allowing teammate Pereira through. Florian Latorre scored his best result so far this season with third.
“It’s always great to win at Spa,” said a delighted Güven, who had taken up the race from pole position. “Towards the end of the race I experienced minor problems with the balance of the car. Luckily, I was able to fend off Jaxon Evans and then Dylan Pereira.”
Despite Güven’s return to form, Pereira and Van Toorde’s recent dominance means their points advantage going into the final round looks unassailable. Pereira heads to Monza with a mere four-point lead over Van Toorde, however, meaning that round eight, held in support of the Italian Grand Prix on 6 September, promises to be a nail-biting conclusion to another successful season in Supercup.
Round five of the Nürburgring Endurance Series
A little further east, a number of our works drivers were enjoying some useful track time ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet shared the Manthey Racing 911 GT3 R with development driver Lars Kern in round five of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Also putting in some valuable laps were WEC drivers Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen and Le Mans veterans Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz.
The best-placed Porsche entries came in ninth and 10th, but the race was more of a learning exercise for many of the crews who will be heading to La Sarthe in a little over three week’s time. “Round five of the NLS was a very educational weekend for us,” said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager GT3 R. “We’ve collected a great deal of information on the setup and the race tactics to prepare for the 24-hour race. Now we can look ahead with optimism and head home from this race with a very good feeling."
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
It was a positive weekend for sim racer Sebastin Job too, who won both rounds of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup at a virtual Spa. Following his first pole of the season, Job dominated both Sprint race and main race in round seven, extending his championship lead over next-best Joshua Rogers to 45 points with three rounds remaining.
“I’m over the moon to have earned the maximum number of points,” said Job after the race. “I think it’s the first time that a driver has managed this in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.”
On 5 September, a digital Nürburgring hosts another season highlight for the Esports Supercup. The drivers will tackle a 24-hour race that combines both the Grand Prix circuit and the legendary Nordschleife.