Hungaroring / Pre-race Press Release

The Second Half

Via Project 1

Win more points and increase championship lead.

It’s half time in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2013. After a 21 day break following the home race at the Nürburgring, the 5th race of the series in the 2013 will be taking place in Mogyorod in Hungary, approximately 20 km from Budapest city centre. The teams and the drivers now have 4 races behind them since the introduction of the new racing car from Weissach and, for ‘Team Allyouneed by Project 1’, everything is running to plan at half time. Sean Edwards is still on course to win the championship and rookie and new team member Sean Johnston is constantly improving.

At the beginning of the season, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup wasn’t on the cards at all for the American driver. It was originally intended that he would gain experience at national level in the Porsche Carrera Cup before driving at international level in the second year. But the earlier, the better: Thanks to his sponsor, Tom Driscoll, and the firm of the same name, ‘Driscoll’s the finest berries’, Johnston got his chance in his first year. “I’m living my dream at the moment and I’m grateful for every day that I’m allowed to live the life of a racing driver. A big thank you to my friend and partner Tom, who has made this all possible for me.” To compete as a rookie in an established field of drivers is a difficult undertaking. He is battling against some drivers who have several hundred races in Porsches behind them. But the 22 year old has done a fantastic job so far, and his learning curve is rising steeply.

Johnston himself knows that he has been given a huge chance: “For me it’s a case of learn, learn, learn. Every mistake makes me stronger, faster and more experienced. As a racing driver, you always want to win, but you have to be patient and work hard in order to get to the top. If I manage to pull together the individual building blocks, I can definitely win some more points in the second half of the season.” Johnston declares this to be his goal in the forthcoming race in Hungary: “In Budapest I want to win points and prove that I’m making progress in the Supercup.” In his last race in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Norisring, Sean Johnston drew attention with a fantastic sixth place finish on a track which was previously unknown to him.

Team boss Paul Schlotmann is not only happy with the performance of his drivers. “When you think how energy-sapping a season with two series is, then respect and recognition is due first and foremost to the team. At the end of the day, the drivers always stand in the spotlight, but behind the scenes a team of technicians, tyre specialists, engineers and logisticians work to ensure the success of the driver. It works very well for us and the team chemistry is unique. I have only got positive things to report about our team’s situation. It’s just good fun working together, especially when we’re successful”. Schlotmann also has positive feedback to give about his drivers: “Both Sean Johnston, as a rookie, and Sean Edwards, as his mentor and championship favourite, are delivering great performances. I’m looking forward to the second half of the season and want to underline our championship ambitions with a win. That’s our goal”.

As far as the championship is concerned, Project 1 is right on course with Sean Edwards. Looking back at the past four races, we see two victories and two fourth place finishes. ‘Team Allyouneed by Project 1’ is right up there at the front, but the championship race is close and exciting. At the moment, Edwards has a four point lead over his rival Nicki Thiim and a six point lead over the German driver Michael Ammermüller. Last year, Edwards was right there at the top and had bad luck with a missing nut on his 911, meaning that he was excluded from the points after the race. Every tiny mistake and a possible zero points can mean the end of the championship hopes in the Supercup. “In 2012, Budapest was a bitter pill, but that’s reason enough to do it better this time. The championship race is close and I want to increase my lead with a win. On this circuit it’s very difficult to overtake and we therefore have to lay the foundations in qualifying.” Edwards knows what he’s talking about, for in Budapest temperatures of over 30°C often await the drivers. Overtaking isn’t easy on the 4.381 km long course, and with the asphalt having a relatively high grip, the drivers have to take good care of their tyres over the long racing distance.

Practice starts on Friday at 4.45pm and qualifying takes place on Saturday at 12.25pm. The 30 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991s will begin the fifth race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on Sunday at 11.45am. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup can be viewed as usual on the Pay-TV channel Sky and also on Eurosport.