This weekend, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup made a guest appearance in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous motorsport races in the world. The drivers in the one-make cup have to contend with the most difficult of conditions. Narrow bends, road markings and uneven surfaces create a unique challenge for both the drivers and the cars. With a sensational victory from pole position, “Team Allyouneed by Project 1” driver Sean Edwards proved his driving abilities and crossed the finish line with a lead of 20.323 seconds over the second placed Kuba Giermaziak. “An unbelievable performance!” beamed the current championship leader. “I had a perfect car. Thanks to Kosta and the whole team. The set up was super. We couldn’t have put in a better performance than we did. It’s been the best week of my life. First victory in the 24 hour at the Nürburgring on Monday and now victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monaco. Now we’re going to celebrate!”
A second highlight of the weekend was the encounter between the two rally drivers, Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier. Both made appearances as guest drivers in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Sébastien Ogier won the prestigious battle driving for “Team Allyouneed by Project 1”, finishing in 13th place, three places in front of his namesake, Sébastien Loeb, who finished in 16th place. The French driver summed up his first race in the Porsche: “It was great and I really enjoyed the race in Monaco. At first I was a bit worried about the start, but there were no problems. I haven’t made any mistakes this weekend and I’m really pleased with my first race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup”.
For the 41st running of the toughest race on earth, Black Falcon, the privately owned local team from Meuspath took on the world’s biggest racing teams and Won! A monumental achievement for all those involved, in some of the most difficult racing conditions imaginable.
What a difference one year can make. In May 2012, the Black Falcon team started the 24 Hour race at Nürburgring with high hopes of victory. Having qualified in 3rd position, the team tasted bitter disappointment after the car was crashed following a high-speed tyre puncture on the fourth lap. Now one year later, that bitterness has been replaced by the sweet taste of success. A whole year in planning. Is what it took from the entire team including all the partners, drivers, team members and sponsors. With three SLS AMG GT3’s and two Porsche cup cars entered, the build up to this race, left the team with no time to spare. The start of the racing season was blighted by poor weather. Heavy snow and freezing conditions meant the first race and test days were cancelled. Leaving little time and fewer opportunities to make the final set up and preparation for the cars.
After the strong opening race in Hockenheim, the Project 1 Team was aiming high this weekend. But at 12.45pm, as the chequered flag marked the end of the third race in the Porsche Carrera Cup in the Eifel, it was clear that this race would not be going down in the annals of racing sport history at ‘Team Deutsche Post by Project 1’.
The weekend started out really well. In free training with P2, directly after in Qualifying Sean Edwards put in the quickest lap. But for reasons which are not yet clear, the subsequent technical inspection revealed that there was too little fuel in the tank. The result was the same for two of the three Project 1 drivers, for Sean Johnston’s car also had less than the minimum permitted 2 litres remaining. Accordingly, the cars of the two Seans were put back three positions on the grid. Unfortunately Jeffrey Schmidt could also not go maximum speed with a defective car. The Project 1 trio therefore started the four laps of the Nordschleife from P4 with Sean Edwards, P17 with the Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt, and from P18 with the 22 year old Sean Johnston.
From free training right up to the chequered flag, everything ran to plan for the team based round team boss Paul Schlotmann and engineer Konstantin Kotitsas. “We had a clear strategy for the whole weekend. From Friday to Sunday, the whole team worked with the new conditions meticulously and intensively, to make sure Sean Edwards and Sean Johnston had a perfect car. The plan worked. To start the season with a win in the first race is fantastic. A huge well done and thanks to everybody.”, said team boss Paul Schlotmann.
The start of the DTM in Hockenheim marked the start of the new season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and, on Sunday, shortly after 10.30am, it was clear to everyone that the ‘Yellows’ from Lohne, under their new name “Project 1”, are a forced to be reckoned with.
The newly formed Deutsche Post by Project 1 team was able to reach the podium with driver Sean Edwards in both races, thereby gaining important points for the lengthy championship battle. The two rookies, Jeffrey Schmidt from Switzerland and Sean Johnston from America, also finished well in their first Carrera Cup racing weekend, which saw a starting field of more than 30 drivers.