In 2021, the race weekend had to cope with horrendeous rain

With three races left on the 2022 calendar, the battle for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title heats up. A leading pack of five drivers have pulled well clear of the rest of the field in the overall rankings of the international one-make cup contested with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Dylan Pereira travels to round six in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) this coming weekend as the series leader. And no doubt Pereira comes with lots of confidence after his double victory last weekend at the Lausitzring in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Round 6, Formula 1 race in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

Thanks to his wins in Imola (Italy) and Spielberg (Austria), among other point-scoring results, the BWT Lechner Racing driver has eked out a narrow four-point advantage over Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich. Competing for the SSR Huber Racing squad, the German has clinched one victory at Silverstone in England so far this season. The GP Elite driver from the Netherlands, Larry ten Voorde, currently ranks third overall. The reigning Supercup champion won the race in Monaco.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche-Junior Laurin Heinrich (D), SSR Huber Racing (#3), Bastian Buus (DK), BWT Lechner Racing (#7), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022

Harry King from the UK in fourth place is the only driver in the group of five who has not yet won a race. His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Bastian Buus turned heads at the previous race in Le Castellet (France). At just his fifth Supercup race, the Dane outpaced the rest of the field in his ca. 375 kW (515 PS) nine-eleven for the first time. Thanks to this victory, the rookie has moved to within 19 points of the series leader Dylan Pereira in fifth place overall. With 25 points up for grabs for a race win, he too has joined the circle of title aspirants.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche-Junior Laurin Heinrich (D), SSR Huber Racing (#3), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022

“The fact that five drivers from three teams are fighting for the championship lead shows just how fiercely competitive the Supercup is. I’m particularly pleased that the rookie Bastian Buus is in the top group,” states Oliver Schwab, the Project Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Thirty-two drivers have registered for the upcoming race at Spa-Francorchamps. The statistics show two favourites: Dylan Pereira and Laurin Heinrich. Pereira, the current series leader in the Supercup, clinched victory at the 2019 race on the Belgian Formula 1 circuit and also won the 300th anniversary race there in 2021. Almost four months ago, Porsche Junior Heinrich claimed a double victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland doubleheader event on the 7.004-kilometre racetrack.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022

“In a way, this is a home race for me. I have many friends and sponsors coming to watch,” explains Pereira. “Plus, I like this track. Driving through Eau Rouge is always a lot of fun.” The Luxembourger has not yet decided how he would like to tackle the qualifying session, which determines the grid line-up and is normally critical in the Supercup. “Pole position isn’t necessarily crucial here – you often get others using your slipstream to overtake on the long Kemmel straight.”

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Larry ten Voorde (NL), Team GP Elite (#25), Porsche-Junior Laurin Heinrich (D), SSR Huber Racing (#3), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022

Laurin Heinrich shares Pereira’s enthusiasm for the racetrack in the Ardennes. “It’s perhaps the biggest challenge on the Supercup calendar and I’m really looking forward to it. The unpredictable weather can make things even trickier. A perfect weather forecast is probably just as important as a good grid position,” the Porsche Junior asserts. Heinrich knows what he’s talking about: In the 2021 season, he achieved his first podium result in the Supercup at Spa-Francorchamps – in torrential rain, he catapulted from tenth on the grid to third place at the flag.

Schedule round 6, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (all times CEST)

Friday, 26 August
7:25 – 8:10 pm: Practice
Saturday, 27 August
2:30 – 3:00 pm: Qualifying
Sunday, 28 August
12:05 pm: Race (12 laps)

Points’ standings 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (after 5 of 8 races)

1. Dylan Pereira (L/BWT Lechner Racing), 92 points
2. Laurin Heinrich (D/SSR Huber Racing), 88 points
3. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 82 points
4. Harry King (UK/BWT Lechner Racing), 80 points
5. Bastian Buus (DK/BWT Lechner Racing), 73 points

Full race results and championship standings:

https://motorsports.porsche.com/germany/de/category/mobil1supercup/pmsc-2022-results

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Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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