2014 Porsche Supercup season review
For motorsport enthusiasts Cup championships are always very interesting because kind of racing environment with identical cars puts driving skills, team effort and experience first. However, when you take racing series which uses one of the worlds best sports cars – Porsche 911 and mix it with group of experienced drivers who fight on some of the worlds top race tracks as a part of Formula One event, then you have what is probably a best Cup championship on the planet – Porsche Mobile 1 SuperCup.
For its 22nd season, Mobile 1 SuperCup consisted of ten races of which eight were driven in Europe and two in America on relatively new track “ Circuit of the Americas“ in Texas. Season started in Catalunya on 11th of May where Australian driver Earl Bamber was victorious. However, next two races in Monaco and Austria were won by young and promising Polish driver Jakub “Kuba“ Giermaziak.
On Silverstone circuit, Austrian driver Clemens Schmid got the checkered flag, but on the next race in Germany, 2013 champion, Danish driver Nickki Thim was victorius. In Hungary, Kuba Giermaziak was dominant since he had a pole position, fastest lap and won the race. But, in Belgium on legendary Spa circuit, Australian Earl Bamber was better and claimed pole position, fastest lap and overall win.
On the last race in Europe, on Autodromo Nationale in Monza, German driver Sven Müller was fastest scoring his first win in Porsche Supercup.
In United States, Porsche Supercup drivers had a two more rounds on the same track left to finish a good and interesting season. The races were held on 1st and 2nd of November and first was won by Nickki Thim and second by German driver Michael Ammermüller. In the States, Porsche Supercup drivers had a celebrity colleague on the grid, since the famous TV actor Patrick Dempsey was behind the wheel of a race Porsche 911 given to him by Porsche AG. For those who do not know, Mr Dempsey is avid race car enthusiast and driver who have driven profesionally before. However, on those Porsche Supercup races he appeared as a guest. He is not the first celebrity who raced the Porsche Supercup and the rule is that those drivers can race fully but can not win any points and participate in championship.
At the end of the 2014 season, Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup championship was won by Australian Earl Bamber,scoring 155 points in total. Although, Kuba Giermaziak won more races, Australians more constant driving and podium finishes provided him with points advantage. Polish driver was second with 132 points and third was a German Michael Ammermüller with 114 points. After rather sad 2013 season, marked by passing of promising British driver Sean Edwards, 2014 season was much better and filled with good racing and sportsmanship. That leads to 2015 season which should be even better so stay tuned.