Friday, September 19, 2014

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 14, Lausitzring/Germany: Ammermüller wins and claims overall lead


Stuttgart. Michael Ammermüller (Walter Lechner Racing Team) from Bavaria in Germany celebrated his fifth win of the season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on Sunday. Facing difficult weather conditions on the Lausitzring, he relegated Clemens Schmid (A/Lechner Racing Academy ME) and Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) to positions two and three. After 14 of 18 races, Ammermüller now ranks first in the series with 164 points ahead of Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport) with 152 points and Eng with 148. “Two race wins on one weekend is of course perfect. The conditions with the track dry, damp and wet were really tough so I’m pleased to now top the leaderboard,” concluded the 28-year-old race professional. 

Before Sunday’s race took off it appeared as if the rain-soaked 3.478 kilometre circuit would slowly dry up. Based on this, all 35 pilots opted to fit their 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with dry tyres. At the start, several drivers struggled with the damp track surface, including Schmid who had taken up the race from pole position. The Austrian immediately lost his lead position to Ammermüller. Eng also started from a wet grid spot and fell back from second to sixth. Ammermüller and Schmid spearheaded the rest of the field and built up a comfortable lead. In lap 15, Robert Renauer (D/Team GT3 Kasko) slid from the track with his vehicle and had to be pulled out of the gravel. During this time the safety car was deployed. Up until that point, Eng had moved back up into position three and, with the safety car out, the gap between the leaders and the rest of the field now disappeared. Just after the restart it began to rain heavily and the race was red-flagged. 

Crossing the finish line behind Ammermüller, Schmid and Eng was Austrian Norbert Siedler (ZaWotec Racing) on fourth, followed by Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing) and Pieter Schothorst (NL/Attempto Racing by Häring). Cup newcomer Lukas Schreier (D/ZaWotec Racing) scored his best result of the season with seventh. “In preparation for the race I analysed the data very closely to see where I might improve. That really helped. In the race I had a great duel against Nicki Thiim and I’m really happy with my result.”

Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) finished on tenth: “The conditions during the race were difficult and I’m happy that I could make up three positions.” Porsche junior Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) took home an early title from the weekend as the champion of the rookie classification. The 22 year old from the Rhine region holds 134 points ahead of Schreier (32 points). “In Sunday’s race I started from the wet side. I fought my way up the field, lost places and finally took the flag in twelfth. I’m sitting fourth in the championship at the moment and it’s all pretty close. I’m curious to see how things pan out over the remaining four races,” said Müller.

Porsche junior Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing by Häring) charged from 16th on the grid to thirteenth at the flag. “Unfortunately I started from an extremely wet spot on the grid and lost three positions right at the start. Then I got stuck in a group and really had to fight to extract myself. I finally got away shortly before the safety car came out and drove faster times than the front runners.” A collision prevented Porsche junior Klaus Bachler (A/Team 75 Bernhard) from finishing his race: “Well that was a rather frugal weekend without points. Now I have to look ahead. I’m still feeling optimistic about the next race.” 

There is no time for the drivers contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland to sit back and relax. In just one week the next race weekend is on the calendar with the double-header on the Sachsenring near the German city of Chemnitz. The series is contested as support to the ADAC GT Masters from 19 to 21 September and returns after twelve years to the roller coaster track in Saxony. 2002 was the last time the Porsche Carrera Cup was contested here on the heritage 3.645 kilometre circuit. 

Result race 14:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team) 
2. Clemens Schmid (A/Lechner Racing Academy ME)
3. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
4. Norbert Siedler (A/ZaWotec Racing) 
5. Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing) 
6. Pieter Schothorst (NL/Attempto Racing by Häring) 
7. Lukas Schreier (D/ZaWotec Racing)
8. Robert Lukas (PL/ Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport)

Points standings after 14 of 18 races:
Driver classification
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 164 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport), 152 points
3. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 148 points
4. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 134 points 
5. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport), 129.5 points 
*All results and classifications are preliminary

Amateur classification
1. Rolf Ineichen (CH/Konrad Motorsport), 224 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL/Land-Motorsport), 194 points
2. Ralf Bohn (D/Team GT3 Kasko), 189 points

Rookie classification
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 134 points
2. Lukas Schreier (D/ZaWotec Racing), 32 points
3. Mike Halder (D/SMS Seyffarth-Motorsport), 16 points

Team classification
1. Walter Lechner Racing Team, 283 points
2. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 282 points
3. Konrad Motorsport, 281.5 points


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche of the Week


      This Porsche of the week is special in many ways. First look at that color. The blue is screaming and demanding attention. It's definitely a custom color and would turn some heads on the street. The red accent is subtle but ties the exterior to the interior. The second way this car is special is the interior. The red and black color combo demands new attention that the blue exterior got from the outside. 

      
     While this photo is small it's bold and the red contrasts the blue outside. The black on top and the red below is nice, it adds dimension and pop. It's clean and retro, very cool. The third way this car is special is because of the owner. This Porsche rests its head at night in the garage of Rob Dickinson, of the band Black Metallic. His cousin is Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, so this car knows some metal. Rob is definitely a Porsche pfanatic, and it's great to see his car in this way, as opposed to paparazzi shots. 

      Here's a quote from the post: "WSJ. Magazine talked to Rob Dickinson, the man behind the car:

If you watched a lot of MTV in the early ’90s, you probably saw Rob Dickinson fronting the alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, whose biggest hit, “Black Metallic,” reached No. 9 on Billboard’s alternative rock charts in 1992. Rob, whose cousin Bruce Dickinson is lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, spent the ’90s being a rock star, playing on bills with the Foo Fighters and INXS and touring with the Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead, with whom Catherine Wheel was most frequently compared. With his rock ‘n’ roll money Dickinson bought his first Porsches, including rock guitarist Alvin Lee’s ultrarare 1973 2.4S, and set about restoring them to original factory specifications. Dickinson, who had actually worked a brief, pre–rock star stint as a designer for British sports car manufacturer Lotus, quickly realized “this slavish adherence to originality wasn’t for me, because the car wasn’t as good as it could be.” "

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 13, Lausitzring/Germany: Fog delays action: Ammermüller wins in the Lausitz


Stuttgart. Thick fog threw the schedule into disarray for Saturday’s race on the Lausitzring. Germany’s Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team), however, kept his cool with the constant postponements and claimed an emphatic victory at race 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. This marks the Bavarian’s fourth win so far this season. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport) saw the flag in second and third respectively. “Everything ran smoothly for me in the race. The car was excellent and I didn’t make any mistakes,” said Ammermüller.

The scheduled qualifying session to determine the grid positions for Sunday’s race did not take place due to the fact that the dense fog could prevent the rescue helicopter from taking off in the event of an emergency. Finally at 3pm under rainy conditions the qualifying began. The session, however, had to be red-flagged four times as a result of cars spinning on the track. In the end, Ammermüller clinched pole position for Saturday’s race, with Clemens Schmid (A/Lechner Racing Academy ME) starting from the first grid spot on Sunday. 

When the field set off at 18.05 hours on Saturday evening, Ammermüller stormed to the front ahead of Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing) and Eng. In the first corner, a midfield collision on the damp track resulted in Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) having to park his vehicle. The safety car was sent out. The re-start after two laps went without mishap. In lap six, the order was reshuffled with Thiim receiving a drive-through penalty for a jump start, which threw him down the field from second place to position 21. The order now was Ammermüller, Eng and Porsche junior Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1). Müller attempted to put Eng under pressure with Ammermüller ultimately benefitting from their battle. The 28-year-old Lechner pilot pulled clear and put eight seconds between him and his pursuers. Müller drew the short straw and fell back to position three. “I made a tiny mistake, but Engelhart saw it straight away. He and Schmid made their move and overtook me. Luckily I managed to reclaim Schmid,” exclaimed Sven.

Schmid swept over the finish line in fifth, with Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Academy ME) in sixth followed by Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport) in seventh. Porsche junior Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing by Häring) claimed eighth. “I started from twelfth so eighth is okay. Unfortunately my start wasn’t that great. This is something I have to work on,” said Riberas. Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) took the flag behind Riberas and was satisfied with his race: “I came from 15th on the grid to position nine, despite sustaining damage to my car in the first lap crash. All the warning lights were on in the cockpit and I had less downforce than usual. Considering this I think it was pretty good.” Porsche junior Klaus Bachler (A/Team 75 Bernhard) received a 30-second penalty for driving too fast under yellow and was classified in position 22. 

Engelhart made an impressive comeback with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The German headed into the race from position eleven to finally secure all-important championship points for third place. With 145 points, this puts Engelhart one point ahead of Ammermüller (144). Eng ranks third in the championship with 132 points in front of Müller (130). With 100 points still available from five races, this gripping championship is still wide open.

Race 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland starts on Sunday on the Lausitzring at 10.35 hours. However, fog is also predicted for tomorrow which could very well result in changes to the timetable. 

Result race 13:
1. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team) 
2. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
3. Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport)
4. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
5. Clemens Schmid (A/Lechner Racing Academy ME)
6. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Academy ME)
7. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport)
8. Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing by Häring)
9. Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport)
10. Pieter Schothost (NL/McGregor powered by Attempto Racing)

Points standings after 13 of 18 races:
Driver classification
1. Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport), 145 points
2. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 144 
3. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 132
4. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 130
5. Earl Bamber (NZ/Team 75 Bernhard), 128 

*All results and classifications are preliminary


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Vintage Porsche Garage



      This garage is beautiful. The way the light comes into the space adds a dusty golden color that only enhances the vintage feel and look. The Porsche looks great in its space, right in front of the raised platform for looking under the car. There's so much detail in the garage, look at all the bottles, photos, and tools in the space. While the Porsche isn't center stage the whole garage looks complete because of the car. If there wasn't a car in this spot the garage would look out of balance and just not right. The whole vintage feel is definitely reflected in the car and radiates through the whole space. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, round 4 in Austin/USA, GT

Porsche pilots confident for second half of the season

Stuttgart. At the Circuit of the Americas in Austin/Texas, the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC picks up momentum again on 20 September. After a long summer break, the series heats up for drivers and teams, starting with the race in Texas and continuing to the end of the November with rounds in Fuji/Japan, Shanghai/China, Sakhir/Bahrain and Sao Paulo/Brazil. Porsche Team Manthey fields a pair of 911 RSR in the most competitive GTE-Pro class and has reshuffled the driver pairings for the remainder of this challenging phase. 

The Porsche drivers
Jörg Bergmeister’s (Germany) new teammate in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR is Richard Lietz (Austria), allowing Patrick Pilet (France) to join forces with his compatriot Frédéric Makowiecki in the 911 RSR with the number 92. Whether Richard Lietz is ready to race in time for the Austin round depends on how well he has recovered from his accident during a practice session at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. As a precaution, Porsche Team Manthey has also entered Nick Tandy (Great Britain) for Austin as the third driver of the #91 vehicle. In the GTE-Am class, Porsche junior Klaus Bachler (Austria) shares driving duties in the 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competition customer team with Christian Ried (Germany) and Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi).

The Porsche 911 RSR
The Porsche 911 RSR is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. At its race debut last year, the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach scored an emphatic double victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For 2014, the 911 RSR received improvements in many areas. In addition to winning the WEC season opener at Silverstone, this racer has also clinched victories at the long distance classics at Daytona and Sebring. 

The schedule
The six-hour race in Austin takes off on Saturday, 20 September, at 17.00 hrs local time (24.00 hrs CEST) and is broadcast live by TV station Eurosport. 

Comments before the race
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “It’ll be interesting to see how the teams get off the mark after the long break since Le Mans. With five races still on the calendar anything can happen. For tactical reasons we reshuffled the driver line-up in Porsche Manthey’s two 911 RSR and are now in a very good position for our title campaign. With the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the American Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge also running championship races in Austin on that weekend, Porsche fans will be treated to a big turn-out of 911 RSR, 911 GT3 RSR, 911 GT America and 911 GT3 Cup and they’ll also witness many of our works drivers in action.” 
Jörg Bergmeister (#91): “I can’t wait to get racing again after the long break and I hope that we’ll score our first victory soon. Austin will certainly be a full-on weekend because we’re also contesting the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. It’s a little unusual to do two races in one day but it’ll be an interesting experience.” 
Richard Lietz (#91): “I hope my broken arm has healed well enough and I’m back up and running again in time for Austin. I’m thrilled to be paired up with Jörg in the Porsche Team Manthey for the rest of the WEC season, especially with five very interesting races ahead of us.” 
Nick Tandy (#91): “The Austin circuit is very interesting and demanding, not least due to several extraordinary corner combinations. I’m looking forward to competing in a WEC race again.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (#92): “After my dream start as a Porsche works driver with victory at the season-opener in Silverstone, I’m now hoping to take home a top result from Austin. It’ll be a great experience to share the 911 RSR with Patrick for the rest of the season. He has already contested an entire WEC season for Porsche and this can only be beneficial for me.”
Patrick Pilet (#92): “The break after Le Mans was very long. I’m glad the season’s now continuing and I hope the whole team can get back into the swing of things in Austin. Because we’re also competing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship the weekend will certainly be strenuous, but it promises to be a very entertaining event.”

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the WEC (Sports Car World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (eg. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (eg. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (eg. 911 RSR and 911 GT3 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 


Please note: Photo 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 2014 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

Porsche Interior of the Week



      Porsche interiors are just as gorgeous as the exteriors. Often they bring the outside in with color, patterns, and put the life of the car behind the wheel. This racing Porsche is accented with deep red to balance the sleek black. Looking into this car from behind, over the engine and other mechanics you really get a great feel of how the car looks on the outside just by seeing the inside. This Porsche blends racing and road driving. The car looks comfortable but ready for speed, a great blend for a Porsche like this. 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), LMP1 test at Magny-Cours (F)


Porsche 919 Hybrid concludes successful summer testing

Stuttgart. The Porsche Team is pleased with the results of its third and final track test with the Porsche 919 Hybrid during the FIA World Endurance Championship's (WEC) summer break. The innovative Le Mans Prototype (LMP1) ran for two-and-half days at the former Formula One circuit of Magny-Cours in France. LMP1 drivers Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Marc Lieb (Germany) were on duty, as well as the Porsche GT works drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Enjoying the continuous fine weather conditions, in total they covered 1903 kilometres with the team’s test car.
 
Team Principal Andreas Seidl recapped: "We kept focussing on improving our race performance. After the introduction of our new aerodynamic package at the recent test at the EuroSpeedway, it was important for us to gain more experience with it on another racetrack with Marc and Brendon. Furthermore, we did set-up work on the car and the car’s systems, and, facing high temperatures in Texas, we have been evaluating a harder tyre compound from Michelin. Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki got used to the 919 Hybrid very quickly, were able to contribute to the programme and so we are very pleased with them. In terms of logistics, this test was a big challenge for us because, at the same time we were preparing and running the Magny-Cours test, we had to build up the two race cars for Austin and get underway with the airfreight to the US. We have made progress in almost every area since the Le Mans race, and we are ready for the second part of the season.”
 
The remaining five six-hour races will be in Austin (Texas, US) on 20th September, in Fuji (Japan) on 12th October, in Shanghai (China) on 2nd November, in Sakhir (Bahrain) on 15th November and São Paulo (Brazil) on 30th November. 


Please note: Photo and video material from the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC is 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 and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2014 digital Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on the internet address https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database