Nürburgring / Post-race Press Release - Project1

Project 1 junior drivers put in top performance and Saturday first victory for Project 1. No luck for Sean Edwards on Sunday.

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After the short summer break, it was again time for racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup. The tenth and eleventh races of the season took the teams to the Nürburgring. After the explosive overtaking marathon by championship favourite Sean Edwards at the Norisring, everything pointed to victory for Project 1, and to being able to attack in the championship. 

Since 2012 and 2013, there have been two races per weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup. On the one hand, to give people the chance to iron out mistakes, on the other hand to further reduce risks. For Project 1, the weekend was a rollercoaster of emotion as far as the title hopes were concerned. In the most beautiful summer weather, title favourite Edwards was able to turn his second place starting position on Saturday into a confident victory, thereby reducing the gap in the championship to 5 points. For Project 1, it was the long sought after and much overdue first victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup. The team from Lohne in Lower Saxony was finally able to demonstrate a top performance at national level.

Sunday was however rather sobering. Starting from fourth position, a highly controversial drive through penalty threw Sean Edwards to the back of the field. After a tough battle for position, in the fight to limit damage and to win points, he eventually had to throw in the towel. He is taking the decision against himself with composure: “The result on Saturday was great and almost perfect. I controlled everything and was really delighted to again be fully part of the championship battle. The decisions today have ruined that hard-won chance again. I’m hugely disappointed.” Despite his disappointment, Sean Edwards is battle-hardened. “Setbacks make me stronger, I can just look to the future now. We’ve still got 6 races to go.”

Both rookies in ‘Team Deutsche Post by Project 1’ were able to put in a top performance and confirm the upward trend over the weekend. Only just missing out on the second qualifying segment, the American Sean Johnston started on Saturday from P15 and on Sunday from P16. In both races he let his potential shine. With exceptional tactics and fantastic overtaking manoeuvres he finished his first race in P10, thereby finishing in the hoped-for top 10 and winning important points. In the second race he took 11th place, only just missing out on a finish in the top 10. He is happy with his performance in both races: “Both races were great fun and the battle for position with the other drivers was great. In particular the overtaking manoeuvres on Saturday in the penultimate lap. On Sunday, my tyres lost grip at the end and I couldn’t attack as I wanted to. But finally the performances are going in the right direction and we’re moving forwards. I’m really happy with the race results.”

Second Project 1 rookie, Jeffrey Schmidt, found himself even further forwards in the rankings. After qualifying, he booked starting positions 8 and 12. In the race, attack was the order of the day. For sixth place on Saturday, he was awarded 10 championship points. On Sunday, he saw the chequered flag in 8thplace, again finishing in the top 10. In consideration of the guest driver regulations, Jeffrey Schmidt takes seven points. “We were really fast all weekend. In qualifying, we can exploit our potential even further. With the top-10 results, we were able to collect important points for the rookie-championship and for the remaining races I’ll do everything to try and win it.” Both drivers are taking part in the rookie-championship alongside the A-championship. Jeffrey Schmidt’s 19 points have improved his position in respect of the rookie title and has narrowed the gap to leader Connor de Phillippi to ten points. Sean Johnston has risen to 6th place.

Team boss Paul Schlotmann sums up the weekend with mixed feelings. “I’m absolutely delighted with Project 1’s first victory in the Carrera Cup. The team has really earned it. Both rookies have also shown what’s possible. We’re disappointed about Sean Edwards‘ result on Sunday. But we won’t give up. And especially not now.“

There are six more races in the Porsche Carrera Cup this season. In the two coming races on 14th and 15th September in Oschersleben, ‘Team Deutsche Post by Project 1’ will be able to improve its position in respect of the championship.

Press Release: Carrera Cup / Spielberg

Team Project 1 Press Release

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:

Spielberg 02.06.2013

Lausitzring 16.06.2013

Norisring 14.07.2013

Nürburgring 18.08.2013

Oschersleben 15.09.2013

Zandvoort 29.09.2013

Hockenheim II 20.10.2013