Friday 22 April 2011

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, round 1 in Hockenheim

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, round 1 in Hockenheim

Grid line up with prominent names

Stuttgart. The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland heads into an exciting year. The season opens on 1 May on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg with a top-class starter field. Some of the prominent drivers with title aspirations are reigning champion Nicolas Armindo (France), Uwe Alzen (Germany), Jan Seyffarth (Germany) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). Now entering its 22nd season, Germany’s fastest one-make race series will again feature the 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - the strongest Cup-911 in history.

One of the keys to the success of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is its mix of seasoned campaigners and talented youngsters. Nicolas Armindo is particularly eager to kick off the season in Hockenheim. “I’ve always very much enjoyed the Grand Prix circuit,” says the Frenchman, for who 2011 marks his seventh Carrera cup season. “After claiming the championship title here last year, my bond with this track has become even stronger.” The 29-year-old race professional from Alsace again joins forces with Hermes Attempto Racing, the team champions of 2010. His new teammate is 22-year-old Nicki Thiim (Denmark). The son of the former DTM star Kurt Thiim has already contested one season in the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2009.

Returning to contest the series is Carrera Cup veteran and arguably the most experienced Carrera Cup pilot, Uwe Alzen. The former DTM driver is a true all-rounder and has already taken home titles in both the Porsche Carrera Cup and the international Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. Alzen has also claimed many victories in endurance events. After securing third overall last year, the 43-year-old tackles this season with his own squad - PZ Aschaffenburg Uwe Alzen Automotive. The Deutsche Post by tolimit team has signed on a strong line-up this season, with Sean Edwards (Great Britain) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). As double Supercup champion, the Dutchman returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup after a season’s break. In 2009, Bleekemolen clinched vice-championship honours. Another prominent returnee is Jan Seyffarth driving for his father’s squad, SMS Seyffarth Motorsport. At just 24-years, Seyffarth has already notched up five years of experience in this popular national series. His greatest achievement to date is the runner-up title of 2008. Joining him in the team is 22-year-old VW-Junior Kris Heidorn (Germany), who last year won the championship title of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup.

As the season highlight, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland contests the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on 25 June. At the greatest Porsche race in the world, which takes place just prior to the 24 hour classic, around 200 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup take on the challenge of the legendary Eifel circuit witnessed by more than 200,000 spectators. The Porsche Carrera World Cup counts as a championship round not only for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup as the spearhead of Porsche’s 20 one-make race series worldwide, but also for the Porsche Carrera Cups Deutschland, France, Great Britain, Italy and Scandinavia.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 2011 calendar
Nine championship rounds make up this year’s calendar, seven of which take place on German race tracks with the two remaining rounds contested in other European countries.

01 May Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
15 May Circuit Park Zandvoort, Netherlands
05 June Red-Bull-Ring Spielberg, Austria
19 June EuroSpeedway Lausitz
25 June Porsche Carrera World Cup, Nürburgring
03 July Norisring
07 August Nürburgring
18 September Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
23 October Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg

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