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Looking back at the 2023 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season

Drivers of the 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup looked back on the 2023 season at the award ceremony in Berlin. It was the young drivers in particular that impressed with strong performances. Twenty-year-old Porsche Junior Bastian Buus from Denmark is now the youngest champion in the history of the international one-make cup, which has been held exclusively as part of Formula 1 races since 1993. When Morris Schuring crossed the finish line first in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, he was crowned the youngest Supercup race winner yet at the age of 18 years and five months. 21-year-old Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti secured the title in the Rookie classification. Up to 32 of the 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup tackled the eight rounds of the 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Harry King (UK), BWT Lechner Racing (#3), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2023, Monza (I)

 The 2023 season will go down as one of the most suspenseful in the history of the Porsche Supercup: two out of three championship decisions went down to the wire at the very last race of the season finale. In Monza, Italy, a mere 0.4 seconds decided the title fight between Bastian Buus (BWT Lechner Racing) and Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite), with the Porsche Junior from Denmark ultimately coming out on top. Australia’s Harri Jones (BWT Lechner Racing) narrowly missed out on clinching the Rookie crown by less than 0.3 seconds. This accolade went to the Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti (Martinet by Alméras). BWT Lechner Racing from Austria won the team title in the Porsche Supercup for the 13th time.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Martinet by Almeras (#22), Alessandro Ghiretti (F), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2023

“This year’s Porsche Mobil1 Supercup was a real nail-biter with some wild races – and the fans were once again treated to some top-level entertainment. The thrilling duels underline the high level of competition at the top. This wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible professionalism of the teams. I congratulate Bastian Buus, Alessandro Ghiretti and BWT Lechner Racing on their titles and would like to thank all the teams, our partners and the entire Supercup squad for a successful year,” says Oliver Schwab, Project Manager Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Eight races run as support to the Grands Prix in Monaco, Austria, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy made up last season’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar. Each of the sprint races took around 30 minutes. Sixteen teams competed with a total of 52 permanent drivers and guest drivers from 20 countries. The Netherlands provided the largest contingent with twelve drivers, ahead of the United Kingdom (7) and Italy (6). But the flags of Argentina, Venezuela, USA, South Africa, Australia, China and, for the first time, North Macedonia were also flown on the B-pillars of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, BWT Lechner Racing (#1), Porsche Junior Bastian Buus (DK), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2023

In terms of victories, Harry King was the most successful driver. The UK racer occupied the top step of the podium three times. Morris Schuring (Fach Auto Tech) from the Netherlands won twice, while Porsche Junior Bastian Buus, Loek Hartog (Team GP Elite) from the Netherlands and Alexander Fach (Fach Auto Tech) from Switzerland each won once. A total of eleven drivers climbed the podium in 2023. Buus and ten Voorde both finished in the top three five times. Buus, ten Voorde and King clinched pole position twice each, with the newly crowned Supercup champion Buus turning more fastest race laps (4) than anyone else. The Dane also delivered the best performance in terms of speed, lapping the Formula 1 circuit in Monza at an average of almost 190 km/h.

Alessandro Ghiretti – first Rookie champion, then Porsche Junior

Newcomers to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the so-called rookies, enjoy special support. As a coach, Marco Seefried, himself an active racing driver, is on hand to help with questions about technology or tactics, for example. The young drivers also benefited from a special fitness regime including a pre-season medical test. The rookies also exchanged ideas with seasoned specialists such as ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock and former deputy race director of Formula 1 Herbie Blash.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Martinet by Almeras (#22), Alessandro Ghiretti (F), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2023

With four victories, the Frenchman Alessandro Ghiretti (Martinet by Alméras) secured overall victory in the Rookie classification. Huub van Eijndhoven (GP Elite) from the Netherlands crossed the finish line twice as the best-placed rookie. The Belgian Benjamin Paque (CLRT) and Harri Jones (BWT Lechner Racing) from Australia each scored one Rookie-class win in the Supercup.

Moreover, Ghiretti prevailed in the in-house Rookie ranking, which, in addition to the race results, also assessed criteria such as fitness, punctuality and attention to detail, for example in race reports. At the end of the season, the 21-year-old Frenchman also won the shootout to become the 2024 Porsche Junior. Ghiretti follows in the shoes of Supercup champion Bastian Buus.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock contests two races as a guest driver

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche AG (#911), Timo Glock (D), Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2023

In Budapest and at the finale in Monza, ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock took the wheel of the Supercup’s VIP nine-eleven. The German produced a documentary for the Sky Sports TV channel, for which he now accompanies the Grands Prix as a commentator. As part of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Glock helmed the 5,000th Cup 911 ever built and finished in 15th place. At the Italian Grand Prix, he called on his wealth of experience in the turbulent Supercup race: Taking up the race from P23 on the grid, Glock advanced through the field to take the flag in eleventh place.

Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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