The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the flagship series of Porsche’s 20 one-make cups worldwide. It has run exclusively as support to the Formula 1 races since 1993 and has flourished in this exceptional environment.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is not only regarded as an excellent recommendation for drivers aiming for a career in GT and prototype racing, but also offers partners and teams a perfect business platform. The 30-minute sprint races featuring the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) are contested just before the Formula 1 Grands Prix, with Austin/USA hosting a double-header at the season finale.
The secret is in the mix: Talented youngsters and ambitious teams pit themselves against seasoned specialists and use the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to showcase their talents. The series has proven itself as an excellent springboard, with Earl Bamber as a classic example: Last year the New Zealander contested his first full Supercup season as the winner of the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship, promptly clinched overall victory and was promoted to the Porsche factory team. This season he is one of the key players in the Porsche 911 RSR and has earned himself a seat in the 919 Hybrid at the Le Mans 24 hour race. His successor, Matteo Cairoli (Italy), also contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, joined by Porsche Juniors Connor de Phillippi (USA) and Sven Müller (Germany). Porsche supports each of these young men with funding of 200,000 Euros.
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation arranges the race series for customer teams. The comprehensive service for customers and partners ranges from the delivery of turn-key Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the positioning of the series alongside Formula 1 to the layout of the paddock through to TV arrangements and seminars for the team technicians. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup offers drivers and teams professional international motorsport at reasonable costs. Long-term planning and stable sporting and technical regulations ensure consistency.
Behind the ongoing success of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a race series is the close competition as well as the absolute equality of chances. The 911 GT3 Cup, based on the street-legal 911 GT3 RS lightweight sports car, has been fielded in the series since 2013. Whilst the aerodynamics with a wider rear-wing is adapted for racing, the 460 hp 3.8-litre boxer engine is similar to the production unit. All race cars are technically identical, as are the Michelin tyres and the fuel. Victory or defeat is totally dependent on the skill of the driver, the astuteness of the team – and that touch of elusive race luck.
There are four different classifications: A and B for drivers as well as team and rookie classifications. For drivers and teams, points are allocated accordingly: 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. There are no void results. For the team classification, points are added together of two drivers that the team nominates at the documentation.
For the 2015 season Porsche pays out more than 730,000 Euros in prize money to drivers and teams. In addition, the overall winner receives a special prize. The winner of the rookie classification receives an additional prize of 30,000 Euros providing he/she reregisters for the following year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
The stations Eurosport and Sky broadcast all races of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup live or delayed-to-live, with highlights and background reports also going to air. After each race, Formula One World Championship Limited (FOWC) makes footage available to TV stations worldwide. In 2014, 19 million viewers on five continents witnessed around 669 hours of TV coverage.
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