A review of the 30th Porsche Supercup season

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 30th season of Porsche Supercup (2022)

A three-way battle for the title defined the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season. Initially, Dylan Pereira took the top spot in the standings with a victory at the opening race in Imola. At times, the Luxembourg-born soldier athlete had to relinquish this position to defending champion Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) from the Netherlands. It was not until the season finale in Monza that the BWT Lechner Racing driver finally triumphed over ten Voorde and Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich (SSR Huber Racing) from Germany. Pereira celebrated three victories throughout the season, with ten Voorde, Heinrich and as well Marvin Klein (CLRT) each climbing to the top step of the podium once.

Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

2 records for rookie Bastian Buus

Supercup rookie Bastian Buus set two records over the course of the season. Driving for the BWT Lechner Racing team, the Dane won the rookie classification in all eight races and, on two occasions, even led the entire field at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Claiming first place at the Supercup race in Le Castellet, France, he also made his mark as the youngest winner in Supercup history: Buus was 19 years, one month and five days old. He wrapped up the year in fourth place overall.

The strong performances from Buus and Pereira also set the foundation for BWT Lechner Racing’s title win in the team classification. The seasoned team from Austria secured this prestigious award for the eleventh time. Norwegian Roar Lindland (Pierre Martinet by Alméras) took home the ProAm trophy for the fourth time.

BWT Lechner Racing Team, Michael Schöch (BWT Lechner Racing), Robert Lechner (BWT Lechner Racing), Dylan Pereira (L), BWT Lechner Racing (#5), Harry King (UK), BWT Lechner Racing (#6), Bastian Buus (DK), BWT Lechner Racing (#7), Walter Lechner (BWT Lechner Racing), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Monza (I)

A total of 53 drivers from 19 countries lined up on the eight grids in the 2022 season. Five-time motorcycle world champion Jorge Lorenzo joined as a guest driver: the Spaniard drove the VIP 911 at the season-opener in Imola. In addition, Supercup races were contested at the Formula 1® races in Monaco, France, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with Monza in Italy once again hosting the finale. The highest average speed over the year was set by the champion Dylan Pereira at just under 175 km/h. The fastest race lap was turned by his teammate Harry King at Monza, with the Briton clocking an average speed of over 190 km/h.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Motorsport (#911), Jorge Lorenzo (E), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Test Imola (I)
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Motorsport (#911), Jorge Lorenzo (E), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Test Imola (I)

Esso Renewable Racing Fuel

Like last year, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars ran on Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a bio-based fuel blend from renewable sources. The output of the six-cylinder boxer engines with a displacement of roughly four litres remained unchanged at 375 kW (510 PS). In addition to the technically identical race cars, the control racing tyres from Michelin also guaranteed a level playing field for all and gripping race action.

Jam-packed grandstands

All racetracks reported jam-packed grandstands, with the FORMULA 1 LENOVO BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2022 as the season highlight: Official figures show 401,000 spectators in the grandstands at Silverstone over the entire weekend. Supercup fans were also able to follow the action on-screen. More than two dozen TV stations televised the eight races live or as a recorded programme in over 100 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. 

Start, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Silverstone (UK)
Start, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022, Silverstone (UK)

“The 30th season turned out to be one of the most exciting in the history of the Supercup: Five winners in eight races speak volumes for the high performance level among the drivers,” comments Oliver Schwab, Project Manager Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. “What’s more, with this being the second year running the 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the differences between the individual teams shrunk even more. This means that the Supercup, which runs as part of the Formula 1 events, has once again impressively underlined its position as the flagship of all Porsche national one-make cups. For this, I would like to thank the squads, the drivers, our partners and my entire team.”

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will continue as a support series to the FIA Formula One World Championship, as it has done each season without exception since 1993. Both partners have extended the agreement for eight years until 2030. For the 2023 season, the international one-make cup contested with the 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be part of eight European Grand Prix events. The 2023 calendar includes Imola (Italy), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Spielberg (Austria), Silverstone (United Kingdom), Budapest (Hungary), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Zandvoort (Netherlands) and Monza (Italy). Furthermore, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan retain their places in the support programme of the Formula 1® races in China and Singapore or Japan until 2030.

Take a look at the racing calendar of the 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season.

The 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in numbers

401,000 spectators were counted by the British Grand Prix organisers over the event’s weekend – a record in a season packed with sold-out races.

190.289 km/h marked the average speed for the fastest race lap of the season set by UK racer Harry King (BWT Lechner Racing) in Monza. Since this race was interrupted by a safety car phase, this was not the fastest race overall.

174.656 km/h – the highest average speed over a race distance. Supercup champion Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/BWT Lechner Racing) won with this pace at Spa-Francorchamps.

53 drivers contested the eight rounds of the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. 28 registered competitors and 25 guest drivers. The latter group included the five-time motorcycle world champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard drove the VIP car at the season-opener in Imola, Italy.

32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars lined up on the grid at most Supercup races.

21 drivers within a second in qualifying: That’s how competitive it was at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg as part of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

19 countries from where the drivers hailed in the 2022 season. Most were from the Netherlands with twelve permanent competitors plus guest drivers. Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich, the four-time Supercup champion Michael Ammermüller and Sebastian Freymuth (all SSR Huber Racing) came from Germany. Also represented: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. Moreover, an Israeli driver competed for the first time in the 30-year history of the Supercup.

5 different drivers won at least one race: Overall winner Dylan Pereira won three times, rookie champion Bastian Buus twice and Larry ten Voorde, Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich and Marvin Klein (France/CLRT) once each.

0.370 seconds was the gap between winner Bastian Buus and Harry King at the Supercup race in Monza – no other race was closer in 2022.

Edited Porsche Factory Press Release 
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG