Thursday, July 30, 2015

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 5, Formula 1 race in Budapest/Hungary

Victory for Porsche-Junior Sven Müller

Stuttgart. It was the perfect weekend for Sven Müller: On the Hungaroring race track not far from Budapest, the Porsche Junior celebrated his first win of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season. After claiming pole position in qualifying, he went on to dominate the fifth championship round at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to cross the finish line after 14 laps with a 6.1-second advantage. “I’ve worked hard for this victory and it’s paid off. What a perfect race weekend: pole position, victory and the fastest race lap. It can continue like this for the rest of the season,” said Müller with a grin. Positions two and three were occupied by Supercup rookie Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras) and Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing). 

Müller made a cracking start from pole on the 4.381-kilometre circuit and immediately pulled clear of the field. Ledogar also leapt off the line and immediately picked off Engelhart and Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) at the start. With this, the top spots were taken. Müller continued to build his lead and drove unchallenged to the flag to bring home his second Supercup win after Monza in 2014. Trailing the Porsche Junior, the 24-year-old Ledogar had his hands full with Engelhart, with the youngster valiantly fending off the seasoned specialist. “My start was great and I was running second, but over the entire 14 laps I saw my pursuer looming large in the rear vision mirror. I told myself: just don’t make any mistakes. And it worked,” reported a very happy Ledogar.

In the penultimate lap, Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team) managed to squeeze past Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner). Giermaziak finished in fourth with Riberas trailing closely on fifth just two-thousandths of a second behind. The championship leader, Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), saw the flag as sixth. After starting from third, Ammermüller struggled with his race fate to finish on seventh. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) was flagged off in tenth place. 

Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1) came eleventh. “I’ll just tick that race off to experience. At one point I was left the track slightly and had to fight my way back. Under these conditions, eleventh is okay,” said the 19 year old. Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/VERVA Lechner Racing Team) took up the race from the 14th grid spot to ultimately take 13th: “It’s always tough starting from the midfield and this was evident today. Now we’re going testing and hopefully I’ll return stronger.” A total of 25 drivers from 14 countries took up the challenge in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this weekend in Hungary. Amongst them was 17-year-old Pedro Piquet, the son of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet. A collision in lap six, however, sidelined the youngster. 

In the overall classification of the most international of Porsche’s 20 one-make race series which is run exclusively as support to the Formula 1 weekends, Eng still tops the points table. The Austrian has earned 80 points with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup based on the lightweight 911 GT3 sports car, and thus leads ahead of Engelhart (70 points). Riberas ranks third with 68 points. The most successful rookie driver of the weekend was honoured on Sunday by actor and Porsche ambassador Richy Müller. The detective in the German TV series “Tatort” handed the trophy to Ledogar, who achieved his best result so far in the Supercup in Budapest and now leads the rookie classification. Sitting in second amongst the newcomers is Porsche Junior Cairoli ahead of Swiss Jeffrey Schmidt (The Heart of Racing by Lechner).

Coming up next on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar is the Spa-Francorchamps round held from 21 to 23 August. The Belgium race circuit hosts two rounds: race six on Saturday, and race seven on Sunday. This marks a home event for the Speed Lover & Allure squad. The team is based not far from Antwerp and campaigns drivers not only in the Supercup but also in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux. With Jean Glorieux and Pierre Piron in the team, two Belgian drivers represent their country in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Team principal André van Hoof also comes from Belgium and spends a total of 38 weekends at various race tracks over the 2015 season. 

Round 5 Budapest
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East), 
2. Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras) 
3. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team)
5. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
6. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
7. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East)
8. Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport)
9. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
10. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech)

Points’ standings after 5 of 11 races
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 80 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 70
3. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 68

*Results and points are preliminary

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Comic Drawing

      Porsche Matchbox cars make great models for drawing. Above, someone is drawing Porsches for their comic book. The cars seem very realistic, especially with the round headlights and the side mirrors. The rear doesn't seem that round, but the model does seem more square because of the tail. It's a great attempt and with a little more practice that Porsche will be looking just like the real thing. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Qualifying, round 5, Formula 1 race in Budapest/Hungary

Porsche Junior Müller sets fastest qualifying time

Stuttgart. Porsche Junior Sven Müller from the Lechner Racing Middle East squad takes up Sunday’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race on the Hungaroring from pole position. In temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius, the 23-year-old German turned the fastest lap in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with a time of 1:48.245 minutes. “Everything ran smoothly for us today. During the qualifying we were able to change several things and that’s when I clinched pole position. I’m pleased,” said Müller. This now makes it the fifth different polesitter from five race weekends. Sharing the front grid row with Müller is Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), with Barcelona winner Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) tackling the race from the third grid spot. 

The qualifying session in Budapest developed into a real thriller. With the track temperature increasing under the midday sun, the performance of the control Michelin tyres also changed. In the final five minutes of the session, the name at the top of the time sheets changed in rapid succession: Ammermüller, who had held the lead spot for 25 minutes, was shunted off the top spot by Engelhart. Two minutes before the end, Müller turned the perfect lap to become the poleman. “It was incredibly hot during the qualifying. On my fastest lap I had to overtake someone so I actually could have managed an even better time. My plan for the race is to go max-attack,” declared the second-qualifier Engelhart. 

The French rookie pilot Côme Ledogar (Martinet by Almeras) occupied fourth place ahead of Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (VERVA Lechner Racing Team), who won last year’s race in Budapest. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), the current leader in the championship, had to settle for sixth place on the start lineup, however he leads the overall standings by 14 points. His closest rival on the points’ table is Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), who takes up the race from seventh on the grid. Eighth place is occupied by Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/The Heart of Racing by Lechner). 

The Porsche Juniors Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1) and Connor de Phillippi (USA/VERVA Lechner Racing Team) posted the 13th and 14th quickest times. “That was my first qualifying on this circuit. It didn’t run ideally, but I’ll see what I can do in the race,” said the 19-year-old Cairoli after his Hungaroring debut. De Phillippi is well aware that things can get turbulent in the midfield of a 25-strong lineup: “It’s not that easy, particularly at the start because that’s when everyone wants to gain ground. And I’m hoping I can make up positions, too.”

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup regulars welcomed a special guest in free practice on Friday: the ex-Formula 1 pilot from Great Britain, Johnny Herbert, was impressed with the 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. “Driving this car was huge fun and it was great to get a taste of this series. I would have liked to have stayed out on the track and driven a lot more laps. However, I’m now a TV presenter instead of a race driver and that’s why I can’t contest the entire weekend. Maybe I’ll come back next year,” said Herbert with a wink. 

Sky Deutschland broadcasts a live preliminary report of the 14-lap race on Sunday from 11.30 hours. Eurosport televises the race live on Sunday from 11.45 hours. 

Qualifying Budapest 
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East), 1:49.245 minutes
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 1:49.440
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East), 1:49.464
4. Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras), 1:49.538
5. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team), 1:49.615
6. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 1:49.627
7. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 1:49.645
8. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 1:49.769

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week

      The Porsche interior this week is of a 2014 Porsche Macan S. It's clearly the European version since the driver sits on the right as opposed to the American style sitting on the left. The interior is the basic tan with black accent. This is a great image because it's far back enough that we get to see the whole driver's seat and command station. Other interiors are very specific or very tight since the cabin doesn't provide a ton of space for photography. It's a great clear photo and it gives a great sense of what it's like to be in control of a car like this. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

US customers vote Porsche most popular vehicle brand

J.D. Power: Stuttgart sports car manufacturer in first place for the eleventh time in succession
Westlake Village/Stuttgart. Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Porsche enjoys an outstanding reputation with its US customers. This is confirmed by the 20th edition of the renowned 'Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout' (APEAL) study produced by US market research institute J.D. Power. For the eleventh time in succession, Porsche occupies first place in the overall rankings and thus continues to be the make of car with the greatest appeal for drivers in the USA.

In the APEAL vehicle rankings the Macan – represented in the study for the first time this year – goes straight in at number one in the 'Compact Premium SUV' segment. The sporty SUV Cayenne also enjoys great popularity among US customers and in the 'Midsize Premium SUV' segment takes top position for what is already the fifth time in a row. The Cayman too gained the most points in its class, taking the 'Highest Ranked Apeal' award in the 'Compact Premium Sporty Car' category.

Last month, Porsche drivers in the USA had already voted the Porsche brand into first place in the 'Initial Quality Study'. The excellent results from both studies reflect the currently positive trend in the US market. In the course of the year to date, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has supplied over 30,000 vehicles to customers in the USA, thus achieving an increase of 13 per cent compared to January to June 2014.

The APEAL study determines the appeal of vehicles in the North American market. It annually surveys around 84,000 new car owners with vehicles that were licensed between November and February. In total, it reviews 77 features in ten categories. In addition to driving performance and design, other aspects taken into account include comfort and suitability for everyday use.

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Baby's First Porsche

      Now if I know Pfanatics, they want to start their kids out early in the Porsche world. It's great to find Porsche toys, but they're mostly Matchbox or Lego. The car above is a wooden Porsche complete with a duck tail and front crest. I have no clue where this car came from or if it's available for purchase anywhere, but it's a great idea and would definitely get your kid into Pfandom pretty early. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Porsche Origins T-shirt

      Porsche accessories are great for Pfanatics because you can't take your Porsche everywhere. Sadly we have to leave them in the parking lot when we go to get groceries, do errands, or make the big bucks. Luckily there's great Porsche accessories like the t-shirt above. Even though the photo is mirrored you can still make out the great Porsche crest and logo as well as the date and "made in". This shirt is very classic and no frills but causal enough for a weekend outing or running errands. You'll always be representing Porsche and letting your Pfanatic fly.