Friday, April 17, 2015

Top-level golf: Porsche to become title sponsor of the European Open

Sports car maker supports new edition of a European Tour classic in Bad Griesbach

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is extending its sponsoring activities in the world of international top-level sport. With the revival of the European Open, the sports car producer is entering professional golf as title sponsor and will become a partner for one of the most prestigious tournaments of the European Tour. The first edition of the Porsche European Open with its prize money amounting to two million euros is due to take place from 24 to 27 September 2015 on German territory in the Lower Bavarian golf resort of Bad Griesbach. The Porsche European Open event is part of the Race to Dubai 2015, a series of competitions with a prestigious pool of bonus awards, and is organised by 4SPORTS & Entertainment AG from Switzerland on behalf of the European Tour.

The European Open Championships were played from 1978 onwards and most recently in 2009. During this time, the tournament achieved a top-ranking status. “We have been looking all over the world before entering into professional golf,” said Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG, “and in the end, as a sports car producer with a long tradition, we consciously decided in favour of the European Open. It is a classic with a moving history that bears the names of many golfing legends in its hall of fame. It is therefore a tournament with a heart and a soul that suits us particularly well. Above all, however, it is a tournament that enjoys an excellent reputation outside of Europe and promises golf at the very highest level.”

Bernhard Maier sees the Porsche European Open as the logical extension to the Porsche Golf Cup, a worldwide amateur tournament series intended exclusively for Porsche customers: “Last year alone we saw 8,000 customers line up for the 150 tournaments around the world. This constantly rising enthusiasm shows that golf presents us with another ideal opportunity to increase the loyalty of our existing customers, attract new target groups to the Porsche brand and strengthen the sporting core of our brand.”

The return of the European Open also represents a long-cherished wish for the European Tour. Keith Waters, European Tour Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, is visibly delighted: “We are very pleased by this opportunity to welcome Porsche as the title sponsor of a tournament in the European Tour for the first time and are certain that this top company will prove to be a powerful partner in helping to successfully bring this prestigious tournament back onto the international tournament calendar. Our thanks go to Dr Hans Dieter Cleven, majority shareholder of the Hartl Resort in Bad Griesbach and of the event organiser 4Sports & Entertainment, as well as to tournament director Dominik Senn, who succeeded in recruiting Porsche for the European Open. We look forward to the joint efforts towards achieving a successful premiere for this tournament in Germany.”

Porsche sports sponsoring:
Sport is the DNA of Porsche. As the world’s most successful producer of sports cars, the Porsche brand has been inextricably linked with motorsports since the very outset – not least because of the more than 30,000 victories on race circuits around the world. Alongside tennis and promoting sports for young people, involvement in professional golf will form the third pillar in the sports sponsoring programme for the future. The connection with women’s tennis now boasts a long tradition: Porsche has been a sponsor of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix since 1978 and the organiser of this event since 2002. The sports car maker has additionally been a partner of the German Tennis Federation (DTB, Deutscher Tennis Bund) since 2012 and supports the Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup as well as the German tennis juniors through the Porsche Talent Team Germany. The current brand ambassadors are Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. In addition to this, Porsche also promotes young players in football, basketball and ice hockey through its “Turbo for Talents” programme. This involves cooperation between Porsche and the second division football team of RB Leipzig in youth sponsorship. From the 2015/16 season there will also be a forward-looking partnership in youth football with Stuttgart Kickers. In the Porsche Basketball Academy in Ludwigsburg, a union of eleven partner clubs and 55 partner schools, some 2,500 children from the region regularly play basketball under the guidance of professional instructors. And the Bietigheim Steelers also receive support from the sports car maker for junior ice hockey and the annual Porsche Ice Hockey Camp. All of the above-mentioned partnerships in the youth sector include the aim of allowing disadvantaged children access to the respective sporting disciplines.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Thursday, April 16, 2015

European Le Mans Series ELMS, round 1 in Silverstone/Great Britain

Victory for Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK

Stuttgart. The Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK kicked off the European Le Mans Series ELMS with a victory on Saturday at the four-hour race on the Silverstone Circuit. The all-British driver lineup of Michael Wainwright, Adam Carroll and Philip Keen scored a convincing GTE class win at their home race on the storied circuit in the British Midlands, crossing the finish line one lap ahead of the second-placed vehicle in their 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. 

“We’re thrilled with our customer team’s success. This has underlined just how competitive our 911 RSR is,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “With support from their pit crew, the pilots put in a consistently good effort. We’re proud of Gulf Racing UK for claiming this season-opening victory and we wish our customer squad continued success for the rest of the season.” 

Race result GTE class
1. Wainwright/Carroll/Keen (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 110 laps
2. Richardson/Smith/Tordoff (GB/GB/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
3. Cameron/Griffin/Scott (GB/IRL/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
4. Priaulx/Hassid/Krohn (GB/F/SF), BMWZ4, 109
5. Bachler/Al Qubaisi/Ried (A/UAE/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 109


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Round 1, Silverstone (GB): LMP1, Qualifying

Both Porsche 919 Hybrid to start from front row

Stuttgart. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start first and second in the opening round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Silverstone. For the six-hour race on the British Grand Prix circuit qualifying was run for the first time according to the 2015 regulations. As in the past, two drivers shared qualifying duties, but now only their respective best lap time counts. The average of these two laps decides the grid position. Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber were at the wheel of the number 17 car. Their average lap time of 1:39.721 minutes secured them the first pole position for the new 919. Hot on their heals were Romain Dumas and Neel Jani in the number 18 sister car, with an average lap time of 1:40.340 minutes.

While it was cold but sunny, it was dry again for qualifying after it had been raining in the morning for free practice three. In this session Timo Bernhard (Nr. 17) and Marc Lieb (Nr. 18) where also behind the wheels of their respective cars. On the wet and then drying track the Porsche LMP1 cars came third (Nr. 18) and fourth (Nr. 17).

The Silverstone race is the first of eight rounds in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The six-hour race will start on Sunday at 12:00 hrs local time. 

Quotes after qualifying:

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “By having both Porsche 919 Hybrids on the front row, we begin the new season just where we ended the previous one. However, tomorrow’s race will be tough work for us. The weather forecast predicts a chance of rain for the last third of the race, and today in the third free practice session we could clearly see we need to improve in the wet. All four drivers did an absolutely convincing job in today’s qualifying and delivered spot on. Thanks to the team that did a great job of preparation and over 30,000 kilometres of testing.” 

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “This qualifying result is the first reward for the tough job of testing. We will be happy for one night now, but certainly the race is what counts. We have seen on long runs and in the rain that we still have work to do. I would like to thank the crew both here and in Weissach for their faultless work.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 17
Brendon Hartley (25, New Zealand): “It was a fantastic first lap. I could see on my dashboard what my reference time from Mark was and I was fighting to bring it down. We are very happy about this pole position, but obviously tomorrow is what counts.”

Mark Webber (38, Australian): “It was a clean session, everything went very well and we got the most out of the cars. The focus for this type of racing is not on qualifying, as we have a long race on our hands, but on the result tomorrow.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 18
Romain Dumas (37, France): “On my first lap I made a mistake, and on my second I lost time again because of traffic. But the most important thing is we are at the front. What counts is tomorrow’s race.”

Neel Jani (31, Switzerland): “It wasn’t that easy to go straight from the wet to qualifying mode, as our set-up wasn’t quite right. But having qualified first and second is super for our team. We have reached today’s target and tomorrow we want to fight for the race win.”


Please note: Photo and video material is available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database and can be found at the following address: https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides further content for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week



The interior of this 1958 Porsche 356A is very simple with clean lines throughout. The base of the interior is an off-white or cream colored leather which lines the seats and doors as well as the top of the dash and the steering wheel. The rest of the dash is a medium blue metal, which probably accents the body color of the car. The steering wheel has a colored crest in the center, and circle gauges in the dash. This interior feels very classic and smooth, exhibiting elegance that follows throughout the car. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, Round 1, Silverstone/Great Britain – Qualifying GT


Best 911 RSR starts from second grid row
Stuttgart. At the season-opening race of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC at Silverstone on Sunday, the best Porsche 911 RSR starts from the second grid row of the GT field. During qualifying on the storied British race track, Porsche’s works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) planted their 470 hp 911 RSR with the starting number 91 on the fourth grid spot in the GTE-Pro class. In the sister 911 RSR fielded by the Porsche Manthey squad, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, their French factory pilot colleagues Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet set the sixth quickest time. 

Comments on the qualifying
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “I’m okay with the result of the number 91 car. It’s what we expected. But I’m not completely satisfied with the time of the #92 911 RS. We’ll analyse why we weren’t faster. Our former junior Klaus Bachler performed extremely well for our customer team Abu Dhabi Proton Racing. Third in the GTE-Am class is a superb achievement and it underlines what the 911 RSR is capable of.” 
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It was new for me to have both drivers qualify the car in the WEC. The track conditions changed since yesterday’s practice and it was interesting to see how our 911 RSR handled these conditions. Everything ran as expected. This looks good for the race, also with regard to the tyres.”
Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Our tyres faded only marginally and that makes me confident for the race. Tomorrow we have six hours to make up positions.” 
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “That wasn’t easy today. We had too little grip and we don’t know what caused it yet. But our engineers will find out. For the race we’ll definitely be in a much better position.” 
Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “That wasn’t such a great qualifying. Since free practice, the grip level on the track has changed considerably. It’s a shame, because yesterday we were going very well. But the race is long and a lot can happen.” 
Patrick Long (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “We further improved the balance of our car and that gives me confidence for the race.” 
Patrick Dempsey (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “The entire weekend is a huge challenge for me. I was unable to attend the official test in Le Castellet and I arrived in Silverstone late. Nevertheless, since yesterday I’ve learned a great deal on this unfamiliar track. Although I’m losing time in the fast corners, I’m already feeling great in the technically demanding passages.” 

The six-hour race takes off on Sunday, April 12, at midday local time (13.00 hrs CEST). TV station Eurosport broadcasts the last hour of racing live from 18.00 hrs CEST. 


Qualifying result
GTE-Pro class
1. Nygaard/Sörensen/Thiim (DK/DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:59.970 minutes
2. MacDowall/Stanaway/Rees (GB/NZ/BRA), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.205 sec.
3. Turner/Mücke (GB/D), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.363
4. Christensen/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.681
5. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, + 0.731
6. Makowiecki/Pilet (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.621

GTE-Am class
1. Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda (P/CAN/A), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:01.998 minutes
2. Roda/Ruberti/Poulsen (I/I/DK), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.939 sec.
3. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi (D/A/UAE), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.136
4. Collard/Perrodo/Aguas (F/F/P), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 1.484
5. Shaytar/Bertolini/Basov (RUS/I/RUS), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 2.116
6. Castellacci/Goethe/Hall (I/D/GB), Aston Martin, + 3.052
7. Dempsey/Long/Seefried (USA/USA/D), Porsche 911 RSR, + 4.026

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the WEC (World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (eg. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (eg. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (eg. 911 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 


Please note: Photo and video material of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information, photos and videos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2015 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsches on Patrick Dempsey's Instagram



      Patrick Dempsey was busy showing off some Porsches on Instagram this past weekend. This is the first of three images he posted. Apparently he was at the race and was definitely enjoying himself. The Porsche above looks like one of the ones Pfanatics got to design. It might not be the exact one but the patterns and colors sure make this Porsche pop. 


      This is the second photo he posted. It has the "Dempsey Proton Racing" logo at the top along with the screens to probably air the race on as it's happening. You can make out Le Mans and WEC. 

      
      This is the last photo he posted, at least in the burst. You can see the Porsche in the center and off to the left, as well as a helmet on the hood and some crew checking out the car. It's a really great look into the behind the scenes of Porsche Racing. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Round 1, Silverstone (GB): LMP1, Free Practice


Optimisation of hybrid strategy is the focus
Stuttgart. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids with the driver trios of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, and their team mates Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb in the sister Le Mans Prototype, covered 132 laps in total on the first day of practice for the opening race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship in Silverstone (UK).

In the morning session the two LMP1 Porsches were second (car number 17, 1:42.265 minutes) and fourth (car number 18, 1:42.457 minutes). In the second 90-minute session on the famous 5.901 kilometre circuit the result was third (car number 17, 1:42.046 minutes) and fourth (car number 18, 1:42.641 minutes). 

The Silverstone race is the first of eight rounds in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The LMP1 qualifying takes place on Saturday from 12:30 to 12:50 hrs local time, the six-hour race will start on Sunday at 12:00 hrs local time. 

Quotes after free practice:

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director: “In the first session we lost some track time with car number 18, but, despite this, we managed to get through our programme. We have done a good amount of set-up work and were able to optimise the hybrid strategy. To sum it up: It was a positive first day for us in Silverstone.” 

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 17
Timo Bernhard (34, Germany): “For the second session the focus was on race preparation, and we managed to gather a good amount of data. I did a long run together with the number eight Audi, which obviously was interesting. Overall I also found it important to become familiar with the traffic again.”

Brendon Hartley (25, New Zealand): “Both free practice sessions were quite positive for us. Everything went smoothly, and we had no issues with the car. This allowed us to try a lot of set-up changes and do uninterrupted long runs. Looking at the time sheets, I think we can look forward to a very tough race. .” 

Mark Webber (38, Australian): “It was a very smooth start for car number 17 this morning. We all got a feeling for the new car here in Silverstone. It is the first time here with the energy management of the eight megajoule class. This takes a bit of love and massaging to get it right, which I tried to do this morning. In the afternoon I wasn’t due to drive. Silverstone is a great track and it is great that the season is now officially underway.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 18
Romain Dumas (37, France): “It doesn’t look bad. I had my first laps in the second session and I like the car, which is a good point. In braking and decelerating we have room for improvement. In terms of downforce, the team has done a really good job on the car compared to last year. We are in the right area for sure, but the others have done a good job too. Tomorrow in qualifying we will see more.”

Neel Jani (31, Switzerland): “I started the morning session, but in turn three we had a problem with the right rear drive. I came back on electrical power only. After the repair I then also did the final 12 laps to gather data in order to prepare a car set-up for the second session. We have lost track time, but still it didn’t look bad.”

Marc Lieb (34, Germany): “It wasn’t really easy today. After our car was in the garage for quite a while in the first session, in the second free practice I went on a long run straight away. I had to familiarise myself with the track again and the set-up wasn’t yet ideal. Progress compared to last year is obvious in terms of performance and driveability, but we still have some work to do.”


Please note: Photo and video material is available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database and can be found at the following address: https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides further content for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database