Recover Dominance and Cement Championship Lead
Tradition meets modern. After a year’s break, Formula 1 is returning to the Nürburgring. And the best sports car brand, Porsche, will of course be there too, with the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The 991s will race around the legendary track as part of the Formula 1 supporting series.
The team from ‘Allyouneed by Project 1’ will be taking part right at the front. As current championship leader, the team surrounding championship favourite Sean Edwards is travelling to the weekend’s race with clear thoughts of victory. “The race at Silverstone last weekend was not as successful as the first two races, but we’re satisfied with the result and with the points. Reason enough to underline our championship ambition at the home Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. We want to win again.” said team boss Paul Schlotmann, who is on the attack. His driver, Sean Edwards, also sees himself as armed for the weekend: “We had a few problems in England, which we’ve found and resolved. I’m sure that we’ll be back to our old strength at the weekend. As first in the championship table I want to get as many points as possible, preferably with a win.”
As in the last Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race, this weekend Jeffrey Schmidt, one of Project 1’s drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup, will again be behind the wheel of the Lohne team’s third car. For the second time in his career, the young Swiss driver will be taking part in a race in a Porsche 991, and will have the opportunity to gather valuable experience in the international field of drivers. “I’m looking forward to my second chance taking part in the Supercup. After two tests and the race at Silverstone, there’s no great experience there yet, but with Sean Edwards, our mentor, and the whole Project 1 team, our experience is built up and we are trained step by step. A professional career in motorsport takes a lot of patience and time, and that’s what we get at Project 1. It’s my goal at the weekend to finish the race without incident. A finish among the top 15 would be a fantastic result.”
The Nürburgring is an unpredictable beast. In the Porsche Carrera Cup, the two youngsters, Sean Johnston and Jeffrey Schmidt, have seen the changing moods of the weather in the Eifel. “This season, we’ve already driven in a 997 on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, both in the wet and in the dry. That’s definitely an advantage for the coming weekend but, with the new Porsche, it’s like starting from scratch again in terms of having any experience.” said the 22 year old American, Sean Johnston. “In the last three races, I’ve learnt a huge amount about the new car, about the set-ups, and about racing strategies. At the Nürburgring, I want to bring everything together and put in my best performance of the season.”
Free practice starts on Friday at 4.45pm and qualifying on Saturday starts at 12.25pm. On Sunday at 11.45am the lights will turn green, signalling the start of the fourth race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup can be seen as usual on the pay-TV channel Sky and also on Eurosport. Planned although not yet confirmed is a web-radio broadcast over the website www.racecam.de. This will enable people to follow the practice session, qualifying and the race live.