The international aspect is one of the strong points of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the most challenging of Porsche’s one-make cups worldwide. The 28 registered drivers contesting the full 2023 season come from 15 different countries. The spectrum of homelands ranges from Europe to the USA, from South Africa to South America and, for the first time, also includes a driver from North Macedonia. All competitors will race in technically identical 375 kW (510 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles.
The most famous newcomer among the permanent drivers in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the five-time motorbike world champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard competes with an Italian license and in 2022 has contested a full season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia as well as one Supercup race as a guest driver in Porsche Motorsport’s VIP car.
Lorenzo’s rivals include ten young drivers who are tackling their first Supercup season. These rookies, who are no older than 25 years, will compete for prize money totalling 25,000 euros. The rookie champion receives an additional 30,000 euros on condition that he returns to contest the entire Supercup season the following year. One youngster from this group is Benjamin Paque. The Belgian has just turned 18.
“The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup continues to attract young drivers,” emphasises Oliver Schwab, Project Manager Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. “The number of rookies has increased significantly and includes the biggest talents from the national Porsche Carrera Cups. I think Bastian Buus’ success is a great incentive for them. He was our rookie champion in 2022 and has since advanced to become a Porsche Junior. I’m curious to see who among this year’s newcomers can perform as impressively against the seasoned drivers.”
Lechner Racing contests its 20th Supercup season
Because the number of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars permitted at the Monaco Grand Prix is capped at 28, the Supercup accepts precisely this number of permanently registered participants with guaranteed starting places. Depending on the capacity of the other racetracks, this number can increase to 32.
The permanent entrants compete for eleven teams, most of them fielding three Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. Starting number 1 is emblazoned on a nine-eleven fielded by last year’s team champions BWT Lechner Racing. The Austrians are about to tackle their 20th Supercup season – an impressive record. Because reigning champion Dylan Pereira will not defend his title, the new Porsche Junior Bastian Buus from Denmark will race with the prestigious number. Fach Auto Tech hails from Switzerland. Huber Racing is represented by two teams: One will compete with a German license and the other, with Jorge Lorenzo at the wheel, with an Austrian license. The French team Alméras and GP Elite from the Netherlands – for whom two-time champion Larry ten Voorde competes, among others – also run two separate teams. France is home to the CLRT squad, which races with a Belgian license, and the Italian colours are represented by Dinamic Motorsport and Ombra.
Output of about 375kW (510 PS) and fuel from renewable sources
The 2023 Supercup season marks the third year for the 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The output of the six-cylinder boxer engines with around four litres of displacement remains unchanged at 375 kW (510 PS). As was the case in the previous two seasons, the Supercup nine-elevens will be powered by Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a bio-based, semi-synthetic fuel blend. In addition to the technically identical race cars, the control racing tyres from Michelin also ensure an equal playing field and gripping competition.
All races as support to Formula 1
In 2023, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup again runs exclusively as support to Formula 1. After the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, seven European rounds make up the calendar. The season now kicks off at the Monaco Grand Prix. Here you can find the complete racing calendar of the 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season.
2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, registered drivers
1 Porsche Junior Bastian Buus (DK/BWT Lechner Racing)
2 Harri Jones (AUS/BWT Lechner Racing)
3 Harry King (UK/BWT Lechner Racing)
4 Morris Schuring (NL/Fach Auto Tech)
5 Alexander Fach (CH/Fach Auto Tech)
6 Gustav Burton (UK/Fach Auto Tech)
7 Leon Köhler (D/Huber Racing)
8 Simone Iaquinta (I/Huber Racing)
9 Jorge Lorenzo (E/Team Huber Racing)
10 Pablo Marcelo Otero (RA/Team Huber Racing)
11 Dorian Boccolacci (F/CLRT)
12 Benjamin Paque (B/CLRT)
13 Michael Verhagen (NL/CLRT)
14 Jaap van Lagen (NL/Dinamic Motorsport)
15 Giorgio Amati (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
16 Gianmarco Quaresmini (I/Dinamic Motorsport)
17 Risto Vukov (NMK/Ombra)
18 Keagan Masters (ZA/Ombra)
19 Riccardo Pera(I/Ombra)
20 Roar Lindland (N/Pierre Martinet by Alméras)
21 Yves Baltas (USA/Pierre Martinet by Alméras)
22 Alessandro Ghiretti (F/Martinet by Alméras)
23 Jukka Honkavuori (SF/Martinet by Alméras)
24 Loek Hartog (NL/Team GP Elite)
25 Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite)
26 Lucas Groeneveld (NL/Team GP Elite)
27 Ghislain Cordeel (B/GP Elite)
28 Huub van Eijndhoven (NL/GP Elite)
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Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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