Now P1 in the Porsche Carrera Cup too
One last time before the break.
On Thursday, when the Project 1 team roll into the paddock, they will have a marathon behind them. From the start of the Porsche Carrera Cup season in Hockenheim, through Barcelona, the Nürburgring, and Monaco, to the coming race in Spielberg, the team from Lohne will have raced every weekend in May. “The initial programme, with the double pressure of the Carrera Cup and the Supercup, is really hard work and drains your strength and your nerves. But success makes things a lot easier. We’re looking forward to taking a breather after our trip to Austria”, said team boss Paul Schlotmann in Monaco. Motorsport means making his hobby and a passion into a job and is synonymic with a high level of discipline and commitment. Other interested parties, just as family and others, have to show an appropriate level of tolerance and understanding, particularly when one sees their loved ones so rarely.
The third race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is taking the teams to Spielberg, to the RedBull Ring. The Austrian public have been enjoying the DTM there since 2011, and the Porsche Carrera Cup mustn’t be missing. The black and yellow team from Lohne is on the attack for, after the disappointing results at the Nürburgring, it’s time for the first victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup. Team boss Paul Schlotmann describes the line of approach: “Monaco was an outstanding performance from Sean Edwards. We’ll be taking the euphoria to Spielberg and turning it into two victories there”. The first opportunity for victory will be at 5.00pm on Saturday, the second at 10.00am on Sunday.
Sean Edwards wants to continue last week’s good performances in Spielberg: “Last week was outstanding for me and a highlight. First my first victory in the 24 hour race at the Nürburgring and then my dominance on my own doorstep in Monaco in the Porsche Supercup. I’m feeling fantastic and want to bring my run of victories to the Carrera Cup too.” In the Championship, Sean Edwards, with 46 points, is currently lying within striking distance of the leader, Kévin Estre, who has 54 points.
The two rookies in ‘Team Deutsche Post by Project 1’ also want to pick up points and be as far forward as possible in Austria. Sean Johnston, the 22 year old American, will be driving the 450 HP 997 at the RedBull ring for the first time. “Everything is exciting and new for me in 2013. Every race is a chance for me to learn as much as possible. I don’t know the RedBull Ring either but our mentor Sean Edwards has been very successful here and I’m looking forward to getting some helpful tips from him and learning from him.”
The Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt’s only experience of the 4.326km course has up to now been in single seater cars. “I like the track here in Spielberg. I drove here during my time in formula racing and I’ve been able to gather useful information, in the rain too. With the Porsche GT3 Cup I’ll have to re-learn the course but it should still work quickly. It would be a great result to finish in the top 10.” said the Swiss driver about the race in Austria.
In the “Rookie of the Year” ranking, Jeffrey Schmidt is currently in third place and Sean Johnston is in sixth place.
In respect of the team championship, the challenge is significantly bigger for ‘Team Deutsche Post by Project 1’. At the moment in 3rd place, but with sights firmly on 2nd placed Konrad Motorsport, who have only a 3 point advantage. However, the gap to the current leaders, ‘Team Attempto Racing’, who have a 44 point lead, is significantly greater.
The start of the first race in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the RedBull Ring is on Saturday at 5.00pm, followed by Sunday’s race at 10.00am. The race can be viewed via an internet live stream on the official Porsche website (www.porsche.de/carreracup).
News and background information about the race and about Project 1 can be found on the website and on Facebook.
Racing Calendar – Porsche Carrera Cup Germany:
Hockenheim II 20.10.2013