Porsche Supercup

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Porsche Supercup
Category One-make racing by Porsche
Country International
Inaugural season 1993
Drivers 16
Teams 6
Constructors Porsche
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Drivers' champion Denmark Nicki Thiim
Teams' champion Germany Attempto Racing
Official website porsche.com/international
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (known as Porsche Michelin Supercup prior to 2007)[1] is the international motor racing series supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship organized by Porsche AG.

Porsche Supercup drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars based on the Porsche 911 Carrera. On average, 24 race cars take part in each race. Most circuits visited by the series are European, although circuits in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the United States have been included in the calendar as well.

Racing car[edit]

American Mark Gillies driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2005 Porsche Michelin Supercup series

In the Porsche Supercup the 911 GT3 Cup type 997 is deployed - a car based on the Porsche 911 Carrera. All vehicles are technically identical: 450 hp, sequential six-speed gearbox, aero pack, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), 1,200 kg. The PCCB is deployed exclusively in Porsche Supercup.

Tires[edit]

Two sets of slick tires may be used per car and weekend. The number of wet tires is unlimited. The tires are identical for all competitors and are not permitted to be pre-warmed or chemically treated.

Championships[edit]

Driver championship[edit]

Points are assigned to the first 15 finishers of each race and all races count. To receive points a driver must compete in multiple races per season. Since 2008, there have been two bonus points awarded for the driver who secures pole position in qualifying.

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th Pole
Points 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2

Team championship[edit]

The points of the two best drivers of each team are added up. At the end of the season Porsche rewards the three best placed teams with prize money.

Prize money[edit]

In 2006 and 2007, Porsche AG pays around 820,000 euros to drivers and teams. Per race the winner receives 9,000 euros, the runner-up 7,500 euros and the third placed driver 6,500 euros. For a 15th place 1,400 euros are paid. Additionally, the 2006 or 2007 champion receives a Porsche road car. The driver with the fastest laps will be given a premium watch from Porsche Design.

Winners[edit]

Dutch driver Patrick Huisman is the most successful driver in the series, having won four straight titles between 1997 and 2000. Fellow Dutch racer Jeroen Bleekemolen and British Richard Westbrook have won two titles each. The reigning champion is German René Rast.

History[edit]

Since 1993 the Porsche Michelin Supercup has run as support to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, however the number of races has grown from the original nine to total 13 in 2006, although decreasing to 11 in 2007.

Popularity[edit]

At the Grand Prix circuits during 2006 an average of 125,000 spectators witnessed the action from the grandstands at each round. According to Porsche AG races attracted 22 million TV viewers worldwide, most of them in Europe where Eurosport provides regular coverage.[2]

Porsche Carrera Cup[edit]

Main article: Porsche Carrera Cup

Porsche also runs regional and national one-make series called the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Team Champion Car Model
1993 Germany Altfrid Heger Germany Porsche Zentrum Koblenz
1994 Germany Uwe Alzen Germany Porsche Zentrum Koblenz
1995 France Jean-Pierre Malcher France JMB Competition
1996 France Emmanuel Collard France JMB Competition
1997 Netherlands Patrick Huisman Germany Olaf Manthey Racing
1998 Netherlands Patrick Huisman Germany Olaf Manthey Racing
1999 Netherlands Patrick Huisman Germany Olaf Manthey Racing
2000 Netherlands Patrick Huisman Germany Olaf Manthey Racing
2001 Germany Jörg Bergmeister Germany Farnbacher Racing
2002 Monaco Stéphane Ortelli Germany Kadach Tuning
2003 Germany Frank Stippler Germany Farnbacher Racing
2004 Germany Wolf Henzler Germany Farnbacher Racing
2005 Italy Alessandro Zampedri Austria Walter Lechner Racing
2006 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook Germany Tolimit Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2007 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook Germany HISAQ Competition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2008 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen Netherlands Jetstream Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2009 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen Austria Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2010 Germany René Rast Austria Al Faisal Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2011 Germany René Rast Austria Veltins Lechner Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2012 Germany René Rast Germany Hermes Attempto Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
2013 Denmark Nicki Thiim Germany Attempto Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991

References[edit]

Auto Motor und Sport

External links[edit]

Carrera Cup