After an amendment to the Formula 1 calendar, Spielberg in Austria hosts the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup two times in a row. The program outlines a double-header on the Red Bull Ring as support to the Styrian Grand Prix (25 to 27 June 2021) and the Austrian Grand Prix (2 to 4 July 2021). Almost half of the 30-strong field has already notched up some experience on the 4.318-kilometre racetrack with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which was newly developed for the 2021 season.
About a dozen Supercup drivers…
also compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, which held rounds five and six on the Styrian track a fortnight ago. However, there’s one difference: in the international Supercup, the ca. 375 kW (510 PS) four-litre naturally aspirated engine in the 911 GT3 Cup is powered by Esso Renewable Racing Fuel. The blend of fuels is predominantly made from renewable, bio-based components.
“As expected, the spectacular start of the season in Monte Carlo underlined the high level of competition among the drivers and teams. Now we’re returning to a racetrack that is familiar to almost all of the competitors. Last season at the Red Bull Ring, the fastest 16 qualified within one second of each other. I think we can look forward to an extremely balanced playing field and some action-packed racing,” predicts Oliver Schwab, Project Manager Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Favorite Larry ten Voorde
A hot favorite for this season’s title is the defending Supercup champion Larry ten Voorde. Driving for the GP Elite team, Larry ten Voorde won the season opener in Monte Carlo and currently sits at the top of the leaderboard. Victory at the Red Bull Ring, however, has so far eluded the Dutchman. In the 2020 season, Jaxon Evans from New Zealand and the Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg secured the two Spielberg wins. In the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, the victories went to Germany’s Leon Köhler and Laurin Heinrich. Pereira (BWT Lechner Racing), Evans (Martinet by Alméras), Köhler and Heinrich (both Nebulus Racing by Huber) are also among the favourites to win races two and three of the 2021 Supercup season.
The first of the two Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races at the Red Bull Ring takes off on Sunday (27 June 2021) at 12:30pm CEST. The TV channels Eurosport and Sky Sport and the streaming service f1tv.formula1.com provide a live broadcast. Fans can also follow the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup action with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at any time on the social networks Twitter (@PorscheSupercup / @PorscheRaces), Instagram (@PorscheSupercup), and Facebook (@PorscheSupercup).
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup relies on Esso Renewable Racing Fuel
Porsche and ExxonMobil are implementing a two-stage strategy in the introduction of renewable fuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. This season, the racing vehicles will be powered by a blend of bio-based fuel. This advanced biofuel is obtained from food waste products. Blending additional components enables the required fuel properties and combustion behavior.
In 2022, the next step will be to introduce synthetically manufactured eFuel. This Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 percent, when blended to current market fuel standards for today’s passenger vehicles(1). The partnership between Porsche and ExxonMobil aims to gain valuable experiences to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption.
Schedule round 2 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Red Bull Ring (all times CEST)
Friday, 25 June
5:25 – 6:10 pm: Free Practice
Saturday, 26 June
1:25 – 1:55 pm: Qualifying
Sunday, 27 June
12:30 pm: Race (18 laps)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Overall standings after round 1
1. Larry ten Voorde (NL, GP Elite), 25 points
2. Jaxon Evans (NZ, Martinet by Alméras), 20 points
3. Dorian Boccolacci (F, Martinet by Alméras), 17 points
4. Christopher Zöchling (A, FACH AUTO TECH), 14 points
5. Florian Latorre (F, CLRT), 12 points
Edited Porsche factory press release.
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG.